Medal of Honor recipient laid to rest

October 16, 2010 9:56:18 PM PDT
Fewer than 3,500 people who've served in the American military have been awarded the Medal of Honor. And only 239 of them were given for service in Vietnam. One of those medals was to First Sergeant David McNerney who Saturday was laid to rest after a life full of service that extended decades beyond the day his heroism was recognized with the military's highest honor. On Saturday, Houston laid to rest a hero like very few who've lived. David McNerney was a man of few words. A Medal of Honor recipient for valor in Vietnam, he summarized his own exceptional service by saying only, "I was a professional soldier."

His heroism was detailed in a recent documentary called, 'Honor in the Valley of Tears,' in which fellow soldiers say he was selfless.

McNerney was also awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star for valor and two Oak leaf clusters and many other decorations. He served his country in the U.S. Navy, Army, and Customs Service.

Even in retirement, he volunteered with the Junior ROTC in Crosby and was a leader with the Crosby American Legion Post 658.

He was remembered Saturday for that life of service and was buried in Houston National Cemetery.

First Sergeant David McNerney died October 10 after a nine-month battle with lung cancer. He was 79 years old.