This Absolutely Amazing Soldier Was An Honest To God, Real Life Rambo

There is tough, there is what we think is tough and then there is someone like this amazing man who just happens to be the real damn thing.

Col. Robert L. Howard was a real-life Rambo who was recommended for the Medal of Honor three times because of his bravery in the face of extreme adversity. Howard joined the Army when he was 17 years old in 1956, according to The Washington Post. He eventually began working with the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam — Studies and Observations Group, a special operations unit.

The colonel served five tours in Vietnam, and it was during that time that he was nominated for the Medal of Honor on three separate occasions that illustrate the true meaning of heroism.

One occasion when Howard showed his bravery was in December 1968, when Howard was part of a platoon sent into North Vietnam in search of a fellow Green Beret reported missing in action. Then-Sgt. 1st Class Howard and his lieutenant were blown back by a mine, and Howard was knocked unconscious.

After coming to, Howard made his way to his lieutenant, who had been badly injured. While he was assisting the officer, a bullet stuck Howard’s ammunition pack, setting off several magazines and knocking him back again. Howard, badly injured, never wavered and dragged himself and his fellow officer to Special Forces soldiers, shooting several North Vietnamese soldiers along the way.

He and the others kept the enemy at bay for hours while waiting for a rescue helicopter. Howard received his Medal of Honor from President Richard Nixon in March of 1971. He retired with the rank of colonel in 1992, reported NBC News.

Howard is the true definition of what it means to be tough. His accomplishments seem almost unbelievable when we look around at what some young people are doing today. At the age Howard joined the Army, some boys are just learning how to change a flat tire — and some aren’t even doing that much.

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