Leonard Matlovich volunteered for the Air Force and served three tours of duty in Vietnam. As he explained years later, “I had to prove that I was just as masculine as the next man. I felt Vietnam would do this for me.” During his first tour in 1966, Matlovich received the first an Air Force Commendation Medal for attending to wounded comrades during a mortar attack. He eventually won a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. (Materials from GLBT Historical Society collections.)