The year is 1984: A Soviet defector dashes across the Korean border — chased by North Korean troops. American troops shield him and open fire on the North Koreans. There are dead and wounded on both sides.
Now, 30 years later, one of those Americans is finally receiving his medal for bravery.
Mark Deville was just 19 on that November day in 1984, part of an American Army unit patrolling the tense border between North and South Korea.
Deville didn\’t know what he was facing. The only message was: Shots fired. Deville and his squad spilled out of their truck, formed a line and starting moving through some scrub trees.
\”Then I started hearing the cracking, the sonic booms of the rounds coming by us,\” he recalls. \”At first, I\’m like, \’What the ….\”
We would hope the awards process would work a little better, but it’s good that Mr. Deville has finally received his recognition.