Gary Peters

Michigan veteran: Medal of Honor belongs to helicopter crew

A Vietnam War helicopter pilot recently selected to receive the Medal of Honor said Thursday he didn't hesitate to volunteer leading an airborne rescue mission that saved the lives of dozens of troops despite the prospect of coming under intense enemy fire.

"There wasn't any decision to be made. We simply were going to go and pick them up," Charles Kettles told reporters inside a Michigan National Guard building in his hometown of Ypsilanti.

It was announced this week that the 86-year-old retired lieutenant colonel will receive the nation's highest military honor for valor from President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on July 18. Kettles was an Army major...