Specialist Four Sloat, a member of the U.S. Army and a native of Coweta, Oklahoma, will be recognized with the nation's highest military honor for his courageous actions while serving in Vietnam.
On the morning of Jan. 17, 1970, Sloat's squad was conducting a patrol, serving as a blocking element in support of tanks and armored personnel carriers from F Troop in the Que Son valley. As the squad moved through dense up a small hill in file formation, the lead Soldier tripped a wire attached to a hand grenade booby-trap, set up by enemy forces.
When the grenade rolled down the hill toward Sloat, he drew it close to his body, shielding his squad members from the blast, and saving their lives.
He was 20-years-old when he was killed in action and only a month before his 21st birthday.
The Oklahoma National Guard Office of Public Affairs is hosting a press conference for the family of Medal of Honor recipient Friday at Vance Air Force Base. President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor posthumously to Dr. Bill Sloat, Specialist Four Sloat’s brother, at a ceremony on September 15, at the White House.