On Tuesday, Joe Biden awarded the Medal of Honor to helicopter pilot Captain Larry L. Taylor, United States Army, for his conspicuous gallantry during a firefight in Vietnam on June 18, 1968.
According to a report by CBS News, Taylor was a first lieutenant when he deployed in support of a patrol that had been surrounded by an enemy force.
Facing intense fire and pitch black conditions, Taylor and his wingman made low-level attack runs until they neared the end of their ammunition; with no plan for extraction in place, Taylor decided to rescue the team using his two-man Cobra helicopter – something that had never been attempted before.
Despite coming under heavy fire, Taylor landed his Cobra and allowed the soldiers to climb aboard as he flew them to safety.
In recognition of this extraordinary feat of bravery under extremely difficult circumstances, President Biden presented Captain Larry L. Taylor with the Medal of Honor in the East Room while wearing a Covid mask before taking it off during the opening prayer.
Out of nowhere, Joe Biden abruptly walked out of the Medal of Honor ceremony, even before the closing benediction.
Medal of Honor recipient Larry Taylor wiped a tear from his face and looked around confused as Joe Biden shuffled away.
Biden had a smile on his face as he snubbed Larry Taylor and walked away.