Fifteen recipients of the Medal of Honor, including a North Carolina resident who fought in Vietnam, will be honored at Super Bowl LII on Sunday during the coin toss at 6:30 p.m.
Among the Medal of Honor recipients who will participate in the coin toss ceremony before the Patriots-Eagles game will be U.S. Army veteran Walter Marm who lives in Fremont, North Carolina.
Marm, 76, will stand on the field beside fourteen other veterans who have received the country’s most prestigious military decoration at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, the NFL announced in late January.
Marm, a Pennsylvania native, moved to Fremont with his wife, her hometown, to help run her family’s pig farm in 1995 upon his retirement, realpigfarming.com reported.
Marm received the Medal of Honor in 1966 for his heroism in the Battle of Ia Drang. He single-handedly took out a machine gun and several other men.
“His selfless actions reduced the fire on his platoon, broke the enemy assault, and rallied his unit to continue toward the accomplishment of this mission,” according to his Medal of Honor citation, on Dec. 19, 1966.
“1st Lt. Marm's gallantry on the battlefield and his extraordinary intrepidity at the risk of his life are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.”