Bustos continues to advocate for Medal of Honor review for local Vietnam War hero Bill Albracht

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) continued her advocacy on behalf of Vietnam War hero Captain Bill Albracht of Moline by offering an amendment that would require the Secretary of the Army to review and report back on Albracht’s Medal of Honor nomination. The amendment passed with overwhelming bipartisan support on the House floor last night and is now incorporated into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which will be voted on later today.

“Vietnam War hero Bill Albracht's strong leadership, calm under extreme duress, and care for countless other soldiers on the battlefield was exemplary,” said Congresswoman Cheri Bustos. “That’s why I’m pleased that my amendment to require the Army to review and report back on the Medal of Honor nomination of Captain Albracht received wide bipartisan support and was included in this critical legislation.”

In 1969, Albracht, then a 21-year-old Green Beret captain from Rock Island, saved 150 lives during the evacuation of the battle site known as Firebase Kate in the Quang Duc province of South Vietnam. Under siege for days by the enemy, Albracht displayed exemplary leadership, calm under duress and selflessness. Albracht was awarded a Silver Star for his bravery at Firebase Kate, but many contend that he deserves a Medal of Honor.

Bustos’ amendment would require the Army to conduct a thorough review of Albracht’s Medal of Honor nomination and to report back on their findings and award determination.