Storyteller Award Honoree, Frank Lambert
After accepting the Storyteller Award, Frank and Mike share their combined story of the day that was almost Frank's last, including 8 1/2 minutes of special footage from documentary which shares their experience, The MIAs on Tiger Mountain. During their tours in Vietnam, Frank served as Company Commander of Company D, 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. Mike served as his Executive Officer. On April 25, 1968, the day after his 21st birthday, Mike volunteered to lead a night mission in the A Shau Valley, which resulted in saving the life of Frank and a great number of men who were wounded and surrounded by the enemy. The rescue operation lasted approximately 7 1/2 hours. Sprayberry personally killed 12 enemy soldiers, eliminated two machine guns, and destroyed numerous enemy bunkers. This act of valor resulted in Mike Sprayberry receiving our nation’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, on October 9, 1969.
Franks Lambert is a West Point graduate, and during his nine years in the Army, earned the Silver Star, three Bronze Stars with Valor, an Air Medal, two Purple Hearts, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge and the Soldier’s Medal. In addition to the documentary The MIAs on Tiger Mountain, Frank's service story is shared in the books Gray Horse Troop: Forever Solders, and Fire in the Streets: The Battle for Hue, and in the 7th Volume of Since You Asked.