Congressman honors Vietnam hero
By Linda McIntosh | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com
In the depths of the Vietnam war, helicopter pilot Daniel Iman was repeatedly shot at while bringing comrades to safety during a mission June 24, 1970, in Cambodia.
Iman, who served as aircraft commander, tried to land, and despite heavy fire, kept returning until he was able to pick up troops, some badly wounded, and bring them to safety. Shrapnel from enemy artillery seriously wounded him as the troops loaded onto the aircraft, and he was injured again while lifting the aircraft out of the pick-up zone.
After months of recovery in the hospital, Iman, whose injuries included a shattered left hand, received medals in the mail for his valor during this mission and others, but he was never presented with the awards.
The Oceanside resident was formally presented with his medals in a pinning ceremony Jan. 28 led by U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa at the Veterans Association of North County in Oceanside. …read more…