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Gary Wetzel,Congressional Medal of Honor recipient injured in motorcycle acciden
Posted on August 11, 2016

All Veterans Issues I have had the honor to ride with Gary Wetzel many miles. He and I were once filling up our bikes at a service station and he said,"Greasy, we have more time filling our bikes up that most have riding time." I hope we can ride again sometime Gary. Get well soon Brother.

Danny "Greasy" Belcher
Task Force Omega of KY Inc, Executive Director
D Troop,7th Sqdn,1St Air Cav.
Infantry Sgt. 68-69

Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 3:28 p.m. CDT August 9, 2016

Gary Wetzel, a Medal of Honor recipient from Oak Creek, was badly injured in a motorcycle accident near La Crosse over the weekend as he traveled to the large motorcycle gathering in Sturgis, S.D.

Wetzel, 68, was traveling on his trike motorcycle about 30 miles east of La Crosse when he stretched his legs out in front of him and when he put his feet back down, a peg was missing and he lost control, according to his wife Kathy Wetzel.

The motorcycle didn’t tip over but Wetzel fell from the bike as it traveled into a ditch. His injuries, according to his wife, include a broken pelvis, broken left shoulder, several rib fractures and contusions from road rash.

He is scheduled to undergo surgery on Tuesday at a hospital in La Crosse.

“Gary is in pain but he has nine lives and is already on number 18,” Kathy Wetzel wrote in an email.

Wetzel was a door gunner in the Army 173rd Assault Helicopter Co. when his helicopter was shot down in Vietnam in 1968. He was severely wounded in the crash and subsequent enemy fire fight but managed to continue firing his weapon. His left arm was later amputated. Wetzel was awarded the nation’s highest award for valor by President Lyndon Johnson.

Wetzel is a passionate Harley-Davidson motorcyclist and left his Oak Creek home Sunday afternoon on the trip to South Dakota to be inducted into the Sturgis Motorcycle Hall of Fame on Wednesday.

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