TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Even in retirement, Captain Gary Rose feels a sense of duty in honoring those he served with.
"It's an honor for me to represent all those individuals," Captain Rose said.
The West/Central Alabama Chapter of the Association of the United States Army invited the former Army Captain and Vietnam veteran to Tuscaloosa Monday to recognize him for being awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.
"And I feel like I guess I drew the long straw or the short straw, however you want to put it. For my perspective, anyone of them could have been a recipient of the award based on those four days," Rose went on to say.
He was credited with treating more than 60 soldiers during a four-day battle behind the enemy lines in Laos more than fifty years ago during the Vietnam War.
But he admitted he couldn't have done it alone.
"All of the guys on the ground displayed incredible courage. Captain McCorley, 1st Sgt Dare, Planchett, Boudreaux, all of them," Rose listed.
President Trump presented Capt. Rose with the Medal of Honor in October for his heroics act while serving as a medic.
Rose called every soldier who serves the country a hero in his eyes.
"And they all served with great courage, humility and honor," Rose added.