Politics President Joe Biden to Award Medal of Honor to 4 Vietnam Veterans on Tuesday The men "repeatedly put themselves in harm's way to defend injured comrades" during the 10-year war, said the U.S. Army By Anna Lazarus Caplan Anna Lazarus Caplan Instagram Twitter Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 5, 2022 08:57AM EDT Share Tweet Pin Email Four Vietnam veterans will receive the United States' highest military honor Tuesday morning at the White House. President Joe Biden will present the Medal of Honor to Specialist 5 Dwight W. Birdwell, Major John J. Duffy, and Specialist 5 Dennis M. Fujii, while Staff Sergeant Edward N. Kaneshiro will receive the award posthumously. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories. The men "repeatedly put themselves in harm's way to defend injured comrades" during the 10-year war, said the U.S. Army in a June. 28 release. Alwyn Cashe to Be Awarded with Medal of Honor as First Black Recipient Since 9/11 In the case of Birdwell and Duffy, this involved rebuffing "multiple enemy attacks while leading fellow soldiers and allies to safety," continued the Army, "despite sustaining wounds." Combat medic Fujii, meanwhile, "repeatedly exposed himself to hostile fire" and "refused rescue attempts" to remain on the ground treating wounded comrades, said the Army. Kaneshiro, an infantryman, "helped rescue trapped survivors of two U.S. squads who had been ambushed by enemy forces in a Kim Son Valley village," added the Army release. Tragically, he lost his life on active duty at a later stage of the war. WII Vet Who Escaped Nazis Finally Gets Purple Heart, Prisoner of War Medal Nearly 80 Years Later Courtesy US Army "Someone asked me if I feel like a hero," Birdwell told ABC News Tuesday about his award. "I don't feel like I am, but I served with plenty, especially that day, and [I'm] honored to have served with them." Birdwell is also a former Cherokee Nation Supreme Court justice and will become the first Native American honored for action in Vietnam and the first to receive the award for action in any conflict since 1973, according to the outlet. Meghan McCain Describes Daughter Liberty's Unique Habit That Comes Straight from John McCain On Thursday, President Biden will also present the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to 17 honorees including Olympic gold medalists Simone Biles and Megan Rapinoe, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and Oscar winning actor Denzel Washington. The late Sen. John McCain and Steve Jobs will also receive the award posthumously. The Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients are cited for their "contributions to the prosperity, values, or security of the United States, world peace, or other significant societal, public or private endeavors," according to The White House.