COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) -- Officials say retired Army Capt. Jay C. Copley has been presented with the Distinguished Service Cross -- 43 years after he earned it in Vietnam.
Copley, 78, of Columbus, led an attack during the May 5, 1968, Battle of An Bao. A member of Company C, 1st Battalion, 50th Infantry Regiment, Copley was relieving another company when the group came under enemy fire in Binh Dinh Province.
During an ensuing battle, Copley continued to direct the attack on the enemy as forces tried to consolidate their positions. Copley received life-threatening injuries but continued fighting until he ensured the safety of his men.
Col. Terry Sellers, chief of staff for the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, presented Copley the military's second highest award for valor on Thursday.