Students Hear Moving Story for Voices of Soldiers Documentary

   

Students Hear Moving Story for Voices of Soldiers Documentary
8/14/2013 4:51:38 PM

Widow of Medal of Honor winner talks about her husband’s military career.

Rose Bud High School’s "Voices of Soldiers" Documentary team recently interviewed Tamera Bacon, widow of U.S. Army First Sergeant Retired and Medal of Honor Recipient, Nick Bacon. Ms. Bacon spoke about her husband and his military career, including his receiving the Medal of Honor.

Sergeant Bacon died on July 17, 2010, at the age of 64 after a long battle with cancer. He served in the US Army from 1963 to 1984 and was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Nixon for his heroic efforts west of Tam Ky, Republic of Vietnam on August 26, 1968 while serving as Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army’s 11th Infantry Brigade, Americal Division.

During the interview, among other stories, Ms. Bacon told us about her husband being at work one day while he was serving as the Director of Veteran’s Affairs when his secretary told him one of his LTs (Lieutenant) was on the phone. Sergeant Bacon told her that was impossible because both of his LTs were killed in the line of duty while they were in Vietnam.

During service, his platoon had received heavy fire and one of his LTs had been killed. While his Captain had told Bacon not to go back in after his LT, Bacon did it anyway. His LT had been shot in the neck and Bacon wrapped it with his Army bandana. The helicopter pilot that was getting soldiers out of the area wouldn’t even carry the wounded soldier out because he was dead and he needed the space for the live soldiers. Fortunately, Bacon’s Captain forced the pilot to take the soldier out and he was taken to a MASH unit. At the MASH unit, Bacon’s LT was put in the room with the other dead. Two other soldiers were taking a “smoke” break in the area when one of them saw the “assumed” dead soldier’s finger move. They rushed him to surgery and after being in the hospital for months, he survived.

At a speaking event, the now recovered soldier said that he had two men that he owed his life to; one was his father and the other was Sergeant Nicky Bacon. He told the audience he had looked for Bacon over the years but had not found him and even wondered if he was alive. He really wanted to be able to tell him how thankful he was for him saving his life. That day, there happened to be a Private in the audience from Arkansas who told the speaker he knew where he could find Sergeant Bacon, and find him he did! The person on the phone that day was Sergeant Bacon’s surviving LT. After his recovery, that LT went on to become an Army Commander and a surgeon, and he was able to find his Sergeant Bacon to finally thank him for saving his life.

Julie Chism, camera operator for the Voices of Soldiers Documentary, said “Of all the interviews we’ve done, Ms. Bacon's was really special. I’ve listened to a lot of stories about what veterans have been through, but today, I got to hear what a wife went through. She really had some great stories for us.”

 

 

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