President Biden presented the Medal of Honor to a retired Army major who resides in Santa Cruz

President Biden presented the Medal of Honor to a retired Army major who resides in Santa Cruz

During one ceremonial in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on July 5, 2022, US President Joe Biden holds hands with retired US Army Major John J. Duffy after honoring him with the Medal of Honor for his services during the Vietnam War.

White House The Medal of Honor was awarded on Tuesday by President Joe Biden to a retired Military major who dwells in Santa Cruz. 

According to a White House press release, Maj. John J. Duffy was honored of Honor for actions that went above and beyond what was obligated while serving as the senior advisor to the 11th Airborne Battalion, 2nd Brigade, Airborne Division, Army of the Republic of Vietnam, from April 14–15, 1972. 

According to the news announcement, the 11th Airborne Commanding officer had been slain, the battalion command centre had been destroyed, and Duffy had suffered two wounds two days prior.

Late afternoon, the enemy unleashed an all-traveled assault, and Major Duffy travelled from position to position to adjust fire, designate artillery targets, and direct gunship fire. After an enemy ambush on the morning of April 15, he escorted evacuees—many of whom were critically injured—to an evacuation point, where he directed gunship fire on insurgent positions and designated a landing spot for the helicopters. He embarked after making sure all refugees were on board and while tending to an injured friendly foreign soldier and helicopter door gunner. Three trips to Vietnam as part of several Special Forces assignments were part of Major Duffy’s service. After leaving the Military on May 31, 1977, he is presently lives in Santa Cruz, California.


Members of the armed services who go above and beyond the call of duty in acts of courage and strength are given the Medal of Honor for their outstanding contribution. 

  • Going to take part in a battle with a country that would be the US’s adversary; 
  • Engaged in war activities involving an enemy foreign force; 
  • Acting beside friendly foreign forces engaged in conflict with an adversarial armed force in which the US is not a hostile participant. 

The meritorious conduct had to have included risk to life and focused on the individual bravery or self-sacrifice that was obvious enough to set the honoree aside from their teammates. Each proposal for an award must be evaluated per the criteria of extraordinary merit, and there must be incontrovertible evidence of the accomplishment of the meritorious conduct.

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