I received these links below from an American Hungarian veteran, regarding another veteran named Leslie Sabo from Pennsylvania. In May of this year, Mr. Sabo received a Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award the US Government can give for those in the service. Mr. Sabo was killed in action in 1970 at age 22 in Cambodia (Vietnam War) while saving the lives of a number of soldiers in his unit. He was buried in Beaver County, Pa. I am passing this along for several reasons – 1) because I know all of us have a profound respect for veterans and their service 2) because I thought I have seen this spelling of Sabo in the names of a few fellow Calvin Synod brothers/sisters – and am wondering if they are related. Does anyone know this Sabo family? If so, I wanted them to know that there are people out there who thank Leslie Sabo and his family for his sacrifice and service.
The bravery of this young man, and the fact that he has recognition from the Us Government for what he did, deserves to be known. The links below give more information. The press, including the Hungarian press, has given little coverage of the awarding of this medal, but the actions of this young man and the fact that he literally gave his life for the sake of others, deserve to be known.
Hoping all is well with you and your churches, wishing everyone peace and blessings.
info about Leslie Sabo on wikipedia
info about Leslie Sabo on the Congressional Medal of Honor website
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: Specialist Four Leslie H. Sabo Jr. distinguished himself by conspicuous acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty at the cost of his own life while serving as a rifleman in Company B, 3d Battalion, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division in Se San, Cambodia, on May 10, 1970. On that day, Specialist Four Sabo and his platoon were conducting a reconnaissance patrol when they were ambushed from all sides by a large enemy force. Without hesitation, Specialist Four Sabo charged an enemy position, killing several enemy soldiers. Immediately thereafter, he assaulted an enemy flanking force, successfully drawing their fire away from friendly soldiers and ultimately forcing the enemy to retreat. In order to re-supply ammunition, he sprinted across an open field to a wounded comrade. As he began to reload, an enemy grenade landed nearby. Specialist Four Sabo picked it up, threw it, and shielded his comrade with his own body, thus absorbing the brunt of the blast and saving his comrade’s life. Seriously wounded by the blast, Specialist Four Sabo nonetheless retained the initiative and then single-handedly charged an enemy bunker that had inflicted severe damage on the platoon, receiving several serious wounds from automatic weapons fire in the process. Now mortally injured, he crawled towards the enemy emplacement and, when in position, threw a grenade into the bunker. The resulting explosion silenced the enemy fire, but also ended Specialist Four Sabo’s life. His indomitable courage and complete disregard for his own safety saved the lives of many of his platoon members. Specialist Four Sabo’s extraordinary heroism and selflessness, above and beyond the call of duty, at the cost of his life, are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, Company B, 3d Battalion, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division, and the United States Army.