After the Vietnam War

After the Vietnam War

Captain Charles Angelo J. Liteky, Chaplain, 199th Light Infantry Brigade. Republic of Vietnam, 1969.
 Photo courtesy of Paul Phillips

 In 1975, he left the Catholic priesthood. In 1983, he married a former nun named Judy Balch, who encouraged his involvement in social justice activities, particularly protesting the School of theAmericas (now the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) at Fort Benning, Georgia. On July 29, 1986, he renounced his Medal of Honor by placing it in an envelope addressed to then-President Ronald Reagan near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The decoration is now on display at the National Museum of American History. In doing this, Liteky (who is now known as Charles Liteky) is the only MOH recipient to renounce the Medal of Honor.[ He has been arrested and imprisoned several times for trespassing in attempts to disrupt activities at Fort Benning. In recent years, he has also opposed the United States’ invasion of Iraq.

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