Medal of Honor recipient helped save two companies of men in Vietnam

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - This week we have been telling you the stories of Medal of Honor recipients with South Carolina ties.

The actions of a Georgia native, now living in Greenville, helped save two companies of men in Vietnam.

After finishing college and receiving his Army draft notice, James Livingston decided to take what he would later call "the path of greatest resistance" by joining the Marines.

Captain Livingston had been in Vietnam for a year and was serving as commander of Echo Company when they were sent to defend a key bridge.

After completing their mission, it became clear that another company, Golf Company, was having trouble in its assault on the town of Dai Do, so Livingston moved his company to join them.

Livingston and Echo Company were able to drive the remaining enemy out and relieve Golf Company.

As the two companies joined together, a third company passed through, launching an assault on the adjacent village of Dinh To, only to be stopped by an enemy battalion.

Under increasingly heavy enemy fire, Captain Livingston moved his company forward, joining forces with Hotel Company.

In the ensuing battle, Livingston was shot in the leg.

Unable to walk, he stayed in an exposed area, covering his men while they moved out.

Only when all of his men were safe did Livingston allow himself to be evacuated.

Livingston retired from the Marines in 1995 at the rank of Major General.

He now serves as a trustee of the National D-Day Museum.

Posted by Bryce Mursch