I attended a 4th/47th Vietnam reunion a couple weeks ago for an Uncle that I never had the opportunity to meet. My Uncle Bill lost his life in action on June 19th, 1967(you can learn more about that battle in the National Geographic Documentary, Brothers in War).
I’ve attended a couple reunions, but this one was special… We we’re there to honor my Uncle’s Lieutenant, Lieutenant Jack Benedick, who was an exceptional guy.
Jack lost both of his legs during his 2nd tour of combat duty and amazingly continued his military career for another nine years as a Captain, then promoted to Major on May 7, 1976.
After returning from Vietnam he turned to skiing for rehabilitation purposes. This led to his desire to participate and promote a higher level of athletics for the disabled. Jack and his colleagues achieved Olympic Games status in snow skiing for these exceptional athletes. In fact, Lt. Jack competed internationally from 1978 to 1986 as a member of the U.S. Disabled Ski Team, winning a Silver Medal in the 1984 Games and two Bronze Medals in the 1986 World Championships.
This video is for Jack…