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Today in Aggie History, Jan. 10: Clarence Sasser supplied medical aid to soldiers during combat

Today in Aggie History, Jan. 10: Clarence Sasser supplied medical aid to soldiers during combat

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Jan. 10, 1968: Sp5C Clarence E. Sasser performed heroic actions in combat during the Vietnam War that would lead to him receiving the Medal of Honor.

Sasser was a medical aid man with Company A in the 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 9th Infantry Division, when his unit was sent to a flooded rice paddy as backup during a search-and-destroy mission. Sasser was wounded and his legs immobilized, but continued giving aid and support to soldiers all day and through the night. He dragged himself through the rice paddy to soldiers by pulling on tufts of grass. The soldiers were evacuated 18 hours after the unit arrived. He was the only medic to survive that day.

President Richard Nixon presented him with the Medal of Honor in March 1969. Of the 53 Vietnam-era award recipients still living, Sasser is the only black veteran.

A&M president Gen. James Earl Rudder recruited Sasser to enroll as a chemistry student in August 1969.

"Without him, his understanding, his pull and his thoughts, I never would have come," Sasser said during a speech on the A&M campus in 2013.

A&M recognized Sasser in November 2013 in the Memorial Student Center's Hall of Honor.

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