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Man pushes for Bill Albracht to receive Medal of Honor

Ken Moffett joined us live during the 11 a.m. newscast Thursday, April 22nd.

MOLINE, Ill. — Ken Moffett, Legislative Aide for Illinois State Senator Neil Anderson, is pushing for Vietnam War Veteran Bill Albracht, to have his Silver Star upgraded to a Medal of Honor. 

As former News 8 reporter John David pointed out, Captain Albracht was outnumbered "40 to one" in early November of 1969, and he lead his troops on an amazing escape from Firebase Kate in Vietnam.

Albracht, from Rock Island, was just 21 years old and the youngest captain to command troops there. It was one of the most challenging positions in the Vietnam War.

So how can you help out Moffett's effort?

"We'd like all the viewers, wherever you are in the QCA, or around the country to contact your Federal Representative, House/Senate and encourage them to get behind the effort to correct this injustice," he said Wednesday, April 21st.

Moffett said Illinois US Senator and Democrat Tammy Duckworth, Congressman and Illinois Republican Darrin LaHood, and Congresswoman and Iowa Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks are taking the lead on this effort. Moffett joined us live just after 11:30 a.m. Thursday, April 22nd.