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One less great man

By Brian Williams, Anchor and managing editor

Robert Nett has died at the age of 86. I will link to his story, so you can see why his nation thought he was a worthy recipient of the highest possible honor for military action, the Medal of Honor. Notably, Bob's death leaves just 99 living Medal recipients -- the lowest number since the Civil War. For comparison, in the early 1970's, there were over 400 alive. The other numbers are staggering: Bob Nett was wounded three times and nearly died. He stayed in the fight despite blood loss, and killed seven enemy soldiers in a single combat engagement. He served in three wars, and was a 33-year veteran of the U.S. Army. I just stand back and admire an American life like his, and Americans like him. My thoughts and prayers are with Bob's family -- and with the remaining living recipients, on whose board I happily serve. Their proud ranks have once again been diminished by the passing of a fellow patriot and warrior.

I hope you can join us for our Monday broadcast, with 15 days to go until the election of a new President.