Major Bruce P. Crandall A Company, 1, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) MAJ Bruce P. Crandall will receive the Medal of Honor during a White House ceremony February 26, 2007 for his heroic actions in the Battle of Ia Drang.
If you've read the book We Were Soldiers Once, and Young, or watched the movie We Were Soldiers, you may recognize the name as that of the helicopter pilot / commander who brought in troops and evacuated the wounded during the battle of Ia Drang.
As I read more about this hero, I learned that he's a Washington native and current resident. I also found the terrific web site that his family created for him as a Father's Day surprise in 2001 -- all about Bruce "Snake" Crandall the Soldier, as well as the Husband, Hero, Leader, and more.
Congratulations, LTC (ret) Crandall. It's about time!