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Every Medal Has a Story

Sam Telios, former mayor of Ellwood City, Pa., spearheaded the effort to raise the money to build the monument dedicated to Les Sabo and seven other soldiers killed in action in Vietnam on May 10, 1970.

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Sam Telios, former mayor of Ellwood City, Pa., spearheaded the effort to raise the money to build the monument dedicated to Les Sabo and seven other soldiers killed in action in Vietnam on May 10, 1970.

Putting others before one's self is at the heart of the Medal of Honor. Each year, in conjunction with National Medal of Honor Day, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation celebrates acts of courage and selflessness with the Citizen Service Before Self Honors (CSBSH). At the ceremony, Medal of Honor recipients honor citizens who have done incredible, selfless acts. For the second year, Boeing sponsored the CSBSH event at Arlington National Cemetery near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

In its 150-year history, the Medal of Honor, the country’s highest military honor, has been awarded to 3,450 people. There are fewer than 80 living recipients. The 3,449th recipient was Sgt. Leslie Sabo, who received the award May 16, 2012 for his heroic actions in Vietnam in 1970.

Sabo was killed in action and his citation for his Medal of Honor was lost in military archives until 1999. In 2012, Sabo’s widow received the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony and the story of her husband’s heroism finally surfaced. Little did she know that receiving the Medal of Honor from the President was only the beginning.

The Boeing.com video retells the heroic, selfless actions Les Sabo took on the battlefield and the actions those who served with him, and those who only knew his story, took to honor him and his family.