President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to Sabo’s widow, Rose Mary Sabo-Brown, in a White House ceremony on May 16, also attended by his brother, George Sabo, and about 50 men from his unit, Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment.
For years, many Bravo veterans had pushed for Sabo to be recognized. According to HispanicBusiness.com, one of Sabo’s fellow soldiers, who has since died, recommended him for the Medal of Honor shortly after the engagement, but the recommendation and the description of what Sabo did were lost. In 1999 Alton “Tony” Mabb, a Vietnam veteran of the 101st Airborne and writer for the division’s magazine, came across Sabo’s records at the National Archives while doing research on Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipients. Mabb contacted his Congresswoman, Corrine Brown, D-Fla., and started the process for Sabo’s recognition, which took 13 years to obtain.“I couldn’t be more proud,” Sabo-Brown said in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I’m more happy that he’s getting it for all the guys.”
According to the Medal of Honor Society, of the approximately 2.1 million troops who served in Vietnam, 246 earned the Medal of Honor, 154 posthumously.
To read more about the story of Leslie Sabo, see http://www.cnn.com/2012/05/15/us/medal-of-honor-sabo/index.html and http://www.army.mil/article/80086/Sabo_inducted_into_Pentagon_Hall_of_Heroes/