We really don't know the reason why he opted out except that he wanted to spend time with his comrades. I know that he somewhat reluctantly received the Medal Of Honor indicating that it was really a team effort that day of the battle. I just think he decided not to make any more of his deeds that day by attending the speech and opted to spend time with his friends instead. It may not have been a political or moral statement at all. He is quite a man.
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