for exceptionally meritorious service to the Department of Defense during the period December 1969 through March 1973.
Remarks by SEcretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger.
Remarkes by Deputy Secretary of Defense William P. Clements, Jr.
Deputy Secretary Clements pins the medal on Mr. Perot and presents a plaque on the secretary's behalf.
General audience shots of Mr. Perot's mother, sister and children.
Cadets from various military academies.
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This coverage is of the award of the Department of defense Medal for Distinguished Service to Mr. H. Ross perot for "exceptionally meritorious service to the Department of Defense during the period December 1969 through March 1973, on behalf of captured and missing serviceman in Southeast Asia."
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Background: for exceptionally meritorious service to the Department of Defense during the period December 1969 through March 1973.
During this period, Mr. Perot devoted countless hours to developing a public awareness within the international community of the plight of our captured and missing servicemen in Southeast Asia and the failure of their communist captors to adhere to the humanitrian principles of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War. His use of the news media to publicize the issue was highly effective as were his personal appearances before PW/MIA family groups to inform them of his numerous activities and plans.
Mr. Perot's personal crusade on behalf of the PW/MIA took many form. In December 1969, he sponsored a flight to paris for over 150 family members to enable them to personally protest to the North Vietnamese delegation their failure to comply with the Geneva Convention. He also flew around the world in a widely publicized attempt to deliver Christmas packages to our men held captive in Hanoi. In April 1970, Mr. Perot sponsored a flight for newsmen to South Vietnam to emphasize our adherence to the Geneva Convention regarding captured enemy personnel. Perhaps the most noteworthy and effective initiative by Mr. Perot resulted in the placement in the Nation's Capitol of displays portraying the rigors of captivity experienced by our men held in prison cells in North Vietnam and bamboo cages in South Vietnam.
Mr. Perot's generous and untiring efforts were highly successful in favorably influencing world opinion in behalf of our prisoners of war and missing and instrumental in serving notice to the Vietnamese communists that their nonconformity with basic humanitarian principles was not in their best interests.
It gives me great pleasure to award Mr. H. Ross perot the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.