In this segment, the Korean War and the Vietnam War are discussed.
Korea was known as a police action, and 466 South Carolinians were killed in that conflict, and four received Medals of Honor.
In Vietnam, two South Carolinians distinguished themselves in extraordinary ways. Staff Sergeant Joe Hooper was America's most-decorated soldier from any international war, and was born in South Carolina. He received 37 medals, including the Medal of Honor, two Silver Stars, six Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts. In 1972, South Carolina Navy Seal Michael Thornton saved the life of his team's leader, Lt. Thomas Norris, also a Medal of Honor recipient six months prior. This was only the second time in history that a Medal of Honor recipient saved the life of another Medal of Honor recipient.
Col. Kevin Shwedo discusses what is required of those who choose a military career.