President Joe Biden on July 5 bestowed the nation's highest military honor to four Army soldiers for heroism during the Vietnam War.
Did President Joe Biden place a recipient’s Medal of Honor on backward?
No, the social media claims are false. Biden placed the medal on Birdwell correctly.
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The viral video’s low resolution makes it hard to tell if the medal was placed backward, but official clips from the White House and news footage show it was placed correctly.
In the high-resolution White House video, Biden places the medal around Birdwell’s neck 29 minutes into the video.
C-SPAN, which televises proceedings from the federal government, also recorded the event that shows Biden placing the medal.
Photos taken by The Associated Press also show Biden placing the medal on correctly. The shape of the medal and its coloration closely match Birdwell’s tie.
Birdwell was honored for helping head off an assault and evacuate the wounded at Tan Son Nhut Airbase near Saigon on Jan. 31, 1968, despite injuries to his torso and face. The assault happened during an opening salvo in what is known as the Tet Offensive, an especially bloody period of the Vietnam War.
Birdwell, a member of the Cherokee Nation and a lawyer in Oklahoma City, had received a Silver Star for his actions. Biden said it took Birdwell's commanding officer decades to realize that Birdwell had not received the proper recognition and took steps, even in retirement, to “make this day possible.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.