Medal of Honor recipients honored in Bristol

BRISTOL, Tenn./Va. - Three real American heroes were in Bristol Thursday.

Three Congressional Medal of Honor recipients were at Food City Race Night in Bristol. They are promoting the upcoming Medal of Honor convention in Knoxville.

We caught up with all three of them, and we'll show you what they said throughout the night.

Ronald Rosser

First we talked to Ronald Rosser, a Korean War veteran who is the first person to receive Medals of Honor from both Korea and the United States.

Rosser said, "I try not to think about it, you know all those things I've done. I try to think of the good things I've done over there, helping other people. I feel very honored that I've served the Korean people in their time of need."

Sammy Davis

We talked to Sammy Davis, a Vietnam War veteran. The video of Davis receiving the Medal of Honor was used in the movie Forrest Gump, and all of the military scenes are based on Davis.

We asked him what the medal means to him. "It was the most humbling experience of my life. Although my name is on the back of it, it doesn't mean it belongs to me. It means I'm the caretaker for all my brothers that earned it but didn't receive it," he told us.

James Taylor

On November 9, 1967, Vietnam War veteran First Lieutenant James Taylor pulled wounded men from exploding vehicles while establishing an evacuation site and a re-supply effort near Que Son, South Vietnam. Taylor was awarded the Medal of Honor on November 19, 1968.

Despite his heroism, he likes to call attention to others who have served. "I wear this great Medal in Honor of every man and woman who has served this country, I'm just a caretaker of it," said Taylor. For all 40 million men and women and women who have fought and died for this country, wear this in their honor."

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