Raymond G. Murphy and the Congressional Medal of Honor
Today is National Medal of Honor Day: The U.S. Congress has designated March 25 of each year as National Medal of Honor Day, a day dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients. The date of March 25th was chosen because it was on March 25, 1863 that the first Medals of Honor were presented to six members of Andrews’ Raiders, the men who took part in the “Great Locomotive Chase” during the Civil War.
The Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque was named in honor of a Medal of Honor recipient and former VA Volunteer, Raymond G. “Jerry” Murphy. Mr. Murphy served as a U.S. Marine Corps officer during the Korean War. More information about his distinguished service can be found here: http://www.beyondthemedal.com/?page_id=111. For more information about the Congressional Medal of Honor, go to: http://www.cmohs.org/medal-history.php