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HONORING OUR 'HOMETOWN HEROES:" Senator Patty Ritchie's Medal of Honor Heroes Highway Project

HONORING OUR 'HOMETOWN HEROES:" Senator Patty Ritchie's Medal of Honor Heroes Highway Project

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The Medal of Honor is our Nation’s highest military decoration. Due to itsrigorous selection criteria, there have been fewer than 3,500 recipients—and of those, fully one in four are New Yorkers.In our own region, at least 45 Medal of Honor recipients have been associated withOswego, Jefferson or St. Lawrence Counties. New York State—and particularly thecommunities of Northern and Central New York—is truly the Home of Heroes.This exhibit honors recipients of the Medal of Honor, in conjunction with the150th anniversary of the award’s creation by President Abraham Lincoln.
The Medal of Honor
“For Conspicuous Gallantry andIntrepidity in Action At the Risk of LifeAbove and Beyond the Call of Duty”
New York State Senator
Patty Ritchie
I’ve introduced legislation to pay tribute to New York’s Medal of Honor recipients by naming some of the bridges and overpassesof our state in their honor. Learn more about my “HeroesHighways” bill by visiting my website, www.ritchie.nysenate.gov.
 
When the Civil War broke out, Oswego’s Dr. Mary Walker went toWashington to join the Union Army. Denied a commission as a medicalof cer, she volunteered anyway, and became the Army’s rst femalesurgeon. Dr. Walker worked in an Army hospital in Washington, laterjoining the front lines as a  eld surgeon. She was taken prisoner andimprisoned for four months. She was paid just $766.16 for her years of wartime service, and eventually received a monthly pension of $8.50.But her service was recognized when she received the Medal of Honorin 1865.
 Senator Patty Ritchie has proposed legislation thonor New York’s Medal of Honor recipients by naming some of the state’s 20,000 highway bridges  for these “Hometown Heroes.” 
The only woman ever to receivethe Medal of Honor 
Mary Walker Edwards
1832-1919
 
A member of the 10th Mountain Division posted to Fort Drum, Sgt. FirstClass Jared Monti was serving as the leader of a forward observer team whenthey were attacked by 60 or more insurgents. The Americans took cover andreturned  re, and Monti radioed for artillery and close air support. Monti madethree attempts to reach a wounded companion. On his  rst, he advanced towithin three feet of his comrade before being forced back by intense machine-gun and rocket-propelled grenade re. His second try was similarly turnedback and as the rest of his patrol provided covering  re, Monti advanced athird time but was killed by a rocket-propelled grenade. At about the sametime, the artillery and air support he had requested began hitting the enemy,killing 22 of the attackers and dispersing the rest.
 Senator Patty Ritchie has proposed legislation to honor New York’s Medal of Honor recipients bnaming some of the state’s 20,000 highway bridges  for these “Hometown Heroes.” 
Modern day hero
Sfc. JaredChristopher Monti
1975 - 2006

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