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Ceremony In Hawthorne Remembers Vietnam War Medal Of Honor Winner

Staff Sgt, Robert C. Murray in Vietnam. Photo Credit: Contributed
Photos of a young Robert Murray. Photo Credit: Contributed

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- The Daughters of Liberty's Legacy will be remembering Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sgt. Robert C. Murray, a Tuckahoe native, on Sunday at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne.

The 45th anniversary of Murray’s death will be remembered and honored by the Daughters of Liberty’s Legacy and VFW 2285, as well as the Westchester Vietnam Veterans of America and numerous other veterans organizations and dignitaries at a graveside ceremony at 2 p.m.

The public is welcomed and encouraged to turn out and show their support for this American hero, especially if you are a Vietnam veteran.

On June 7, 1970, in Hiep Duc, Vietnam, Murray had his patrol on a search and destroy operation, when a member of the squad tripped an enemy grenade rigged as a booby trap.

The soldier shouted for everyone to take cover. Murray threw himself onto the grenade and his body absorbed the impact of the explosion. The result of this heroic action cost him his life and prevented the deaths and injuries of the other eight members of his squad.

Murray, 23 years old when he was killed, was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously.

Medal of Honor recipients must have distinguished themselves at the risk of their own life above and beyond the call of duty in action against an enemy of the United States.

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