A Vietnam War helicopter pilot who will receive the nation's highest military honor for saving the lives of dozens of troops says it is a "great honor" that belongs to the entire helicopter crew.

It was announced this week that Charles Kettles will receive the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on July 18. The 86-year-old Ypsilanti (ihp-sih-LAN'-tee), Michigan, man discussed his actions of May 15, 1967, that led to the award during a news conference Thursday at a Michigan National Guard building.

Kettles was an Army major who led a platoon on several helicopter trips to rescue wounded soldiers pinned down by enemy fire near the district of Duc Pho in Vietnam.

He retired from the Army in 1978 as a lieutenant colonel.