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Announcement is made of the following award...

Office of the Press Secretary

April 16, 2012

President Obama to Award Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON, DC—On May 16, President Barack Obama will award Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., U.S. Army, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

Specialist Sabo will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his heroic actions in combat on May 10, 1970, while serving as a rifleman in Company D, 3d Battalion, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division in Se San, Cambodia.

On that day, when he and his platoon were ambushed by a large enemy force, Specialist Sabo immediately charged the enemy position, killing several enemy soldiers. He then assaulted an enemy flanking force, successfully drawing their fire away from friendly soldiers and ultimately forcing the enemy to retreat. While securing a re-supply of ammunition, an enemy grenade landed nearby. Specialist Sabo picked it up, threw it, and shielded a wounded comrade with his own body - absorbing the brunt of the blast and saving his comrade's life. Although wounded by the grenade blast, he continued to charge the enemy's bunker. After receiving several serious wounds from automatic weapons fire, he crawled towards the enemy emplacement and, when in position, threw a grenade into the bunker. The resulting explosion silenced the enemy fire, but also ended Specialist Sabo’s life. His indomitable courage and complete disregard for his own safety saved the lives of many of his platoon members.

Specialist Sabo's widow, Rose Mary Sabo-Brown and his brother, George Sabo, will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service and sacrifice.


Was this award delayed because the action happened in Cambodia?  If so, it will be interesting to see what other tales of heroism will finally see the light of day.
Wonder what held up this one?  Almost 42 years wow.  God bless him for his selfless courage.  Greater love hath no man...
According to regs, the Medal of Honor must be awarded within three years of the soldier's action. An extension requires an act of Congress. This happened with Rocky Versace, too - his MOH from Vietnam was awarded - to his surviving family - in 2002.

IIRC, that's true for a completely new recommendation.  If a recommendation was initiated within three years but for whatever reason not finished or acted upon, I don't believe (but I can be wrong) that Congressional approval is required.  More often than not, the people pushing the award use Congress to prod DoD to act.
 There are many reasons why something like this may have happened. The underlying reasons may never see the light of day, the men knew that when they went  on some of the missions. Just be glad,  that this man or more accurately his family  will receive the respect that they truly deserve.