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Marine PFC Oscar Austin was posthumously honored with the Medal of Honor for selflessly using his body to protect a wounded comrade from an exploding grenade and enemy rifle fire in Vietnam on Feb. 23, 1969.

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The Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for bravery, was first authorized by the U.S. Congress in the early years of the Civil War.

By By Fred Veil, Special to Prescott Newspapers May 22, 2016
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