Second Lieutenants are often ridiculed for their baby-faces and lack of experience, but the youngest 2LT in the military’s history wound up a highly decorated war hero inducted into the military hall of fame.
A hero’s welcome awaited Capt. David Alan Christian as he returned to his hometown of Bensalem, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday as part of the National Military Officers Hall of Fame.
Christian’s remarkable career in the military began when he was just 18 years old, making him America’s youngest second lieutenant. He served in South Vietnam in 1968 and was wounded in action seven times.
He received numerous awards and medals for his extraordinary heroism, including the Distinguished Service Cross, several Purple Hearts, and two Silver Stars, the country’s third-highest medal for valor.
As a lieutenant in Vietnam, Capt. David Alan Christian was wounded in action 7 times and awarded several Purple Hearts and the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism.
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However, it wasn’t just his bravery on the battlefield that earned Christian a place in the National Military Officers Hall of Fame. He has also been a tireless advocate for veterans’ rights and has devoted his life to helping his fellow soldiers in any way he can. “I’m looking at the Hall of Fame as a tool to help veterans,” he said.
Christian’s latest venture is suicide awareness, a cause that is particularly close to his heart. He has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the issue and to ensure that veterans receive the support and resources they need to cope with the challenges they face when they return home from war.
Throughout his career, Christian has demonstrated a deep commitment to his fellow soldiers and to his country. He has dedicated his life to serving others and has made a profound difference in the lives of countless veterans. “I felt that I had a calling, I could help veterans,” he said.
Christian’s organization, Victor Six, is a testament to his dedication and commitment to helping veterans. The organization is a 12-week training and exercise program that helps veterans get into shape and build resilience.
Through Victor Six, Christian has created a community of veterans who support one another and work together to overcome physical and mental health challenges.
For Christian, being inducted into the National Military Officers Hall of Fame is not just an honor, it is an opportunity to continue his work on behalf of veterans. “I look at this as another way of serving,” he said.
Christian’s legacy of service and sacrifice will inspire generations to come, and his induction into the National Military Officers Hall of Fame is a fitting tribute to his remarkable career in the military and his ongoing commitment to helping veterans.