As a sergeant serving in the U.S. Army Special Forces during the Vietnam War, Ralph A. Morgan drew the fire from a superior enemy force long enough to allow his platoon to retreat from the bloody battle.
The Parrish resident richly deserves the honor he finally received Tuesday -- almost 42 years after paperwork was submitted but lost. Contacting Florida Sen. Bill Nelson in another attempt at making this situation right, Morgan succeeded.
After accepting the Silver Star -- the military's third highest decoration for valor, awarded specifically for combat gallantry -- Morgan stated:
"I am feeling somewhat elated and comfortable, and excited, and I am certainly feeling honored to be in the presence of all these fine people and our senator."
To you, sir, our humble thanks for your heroic service to country.