Congratulations to my friend and fellow Vietnam veteran, Ken Rollins, who recently received the state of Alabama Legislature Medal of Honor. However, Ken, like all Americans, should know the United States does not award a Congressional Medal of Honor as was referenced in the article. It is simply the Medal of Honor (MOH).
Established in 1861 by a congressional act for Navy personnel and the next year for Army personnel, the award is given in recognition for bravery above and beyond the call of duty. As a veteran and citizen, I am disappointed that somewhere in our state a committee established an award that is so similar-looking to the MOH. The MOH is a unique award that once you see it, you’ll always know it.
The new state award should not in any way remind you of MOH. Thanks, Ken, and all our veterans for your service.
Sgt. Major, Retired, U.S. Army