After enlisting the United States Army in 1967, Rose became a Special Forces combat medic, and in September 1970 distinguished himself in fighting in Laos at Chavane during Operation Tailwind, in which he treated the wounded while fighting NVA forces. Despite being wounded multiple times during the battle, he treated 60–70 personnel. Rose continued his career in the Army and graduated from Officer Candidate School, becoming a Field Artillery officer and reaching the rank of Captain before retiring, after which he worked in the manufacturing industry.
Army Capt. Gary Rose, risked his life to save others in Vietnam War, awarded Medal of Honor
Gary “Mike” Rose was never in Laos at the height of the Vietnam War. ... to the 46th Special Forces Company headquartered in Thailand a year later.