BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - A Vietnam veteran gets a star-studded ceremony, 40 years late.
It was a day Frank Ambrose never thought would come, the day he received the Silver Star for his actions in Vietnam. But that day finally came last month during a special ceremony on Parris Island.
"It's awesome this has finally caught up with me," said Ambrose. "I always knew there was something because a General and a GySgt came and interviewed me in the hospital. They told me I'd been put in for a medal but to be honest, we didn't care about medals. We cared about our brother marines. It was about each other. That's what it's all about."
Ambrose earned the Silver Star nearly 40 years ago while serving as a machine gunner in Vietnam. He was seriously injured when he and his patrol came under attack. He refused to be treated and instead helped other wounded marines to safety and continued to returned fire.
"It was during Tet during 1968," said Ambrose's Battalion Commander in Vietnam, Col. Bill Rockey. " Everybody was busy, all my units were fighting every day and we had a hard time getting the paper work done for this presentation because people had been killed, people had died and were gone but we finally got it through and he deserves it, he's a fighting marine."
While it's taken almost four decades to receive the metal, it didn't seem to bother this dedicated Marine.
"I'm just honored, very honored," said Ambrose. "There are so many marines I seen do gallant acts every day that had not been and never will be recognized and it's just the way it was. I feel fortunate I am one that is recognized."
Ambrose is now a retired law enforcement officer and lives in Florida.
For his bravery, his service and his dedication, we at WTOC Salute Frank Ambrose.