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‘Story of a hero;’ Miamisburg soldier posthumously inducted into Ohio Military Hall of Fame

It’s virtually been 54 years since a native man died saving one other individual’s life within the Vietnam War.

Miamisburg native Sergeant Gary Lee McKiddy saved one individual and died attempting to avoid wasting one other after their helicopter crashed on May 6, 1970.

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As reported on News Center 7 at 5:00, Gary was one of 17 veterans inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame.

Rick McKiddy is grateful for the award his brother acquired however received’t cease till he’s given the very best honor for his sacrifice – the Medal of Honor.

This medal is the very best award for valor in motion towards an enemy pressure that may be bestowed upon a service member of the United States Armed Forces.

“He was more than a brother, a hero. He was like our second father,” Rick stated.

It’s nonetheless exhausting for Rick to speak about his brother, as he was solely 13 years previous when he misplaced Gary.

“There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for anybody,” Rick stated.

Gary proved that sentiment, and it value him his life.

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After graduating from Miamisburg High School, he enlisted within the military.

While in Cambodia, his chopper went down. Gary pulled a man named Jim Skaggs from the burning plane, however he died attempting to avoid wasting the pilot.

“The ammunition that was cooking off inside the chopper…Blew up and killed both of them,” Rick stated.

Gary was posthumously inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday. Rick was given a medallion in Gary’s honor.

“We’re going to see if Miamisburg Historical Society would like to display this,” Rick stated.

When Gary was laid to relaxation, he was awarded the Silver Star and since then, his household has been preventing to get that award upgraded to Medal of Honor.

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“Every Congressman and Senator from the State of Ohio from 1970 until current has fought to upgrade the Silver Star to the Medal of Honor,” Rick stated.

In 2023, News Center 7 first reported on a invoice that was launched to remove the now-expired time restrict for when the Medal of Honor utility for Gary needed to be submitted.

The laws continues to be sitting within the Senate’s Armed Services Committee, however Rick continues to be preventing for it.

“I think about my brother, if he hadn’t kept going, we wouldn’t be here talking about it. But the fact he couldn’t let his friend die, his comrade, all I’m doing is tell the story of a hero,” Rick stated.

Rick stated he had an encouraging dialog with Governor Mike DeWine, who informed him to maintain preventing and that his brother has not been forgotten.

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