Philadelphia VA Medical Center to be Renamed - Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC
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Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VAMC

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Philadelphia VA Medical Center to be Renamed

Photo of Cpl. Michael Crescenz

Cpl. Crescenz was killed in action in 1968.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

On February 4th, Pennsylvania Senators Robert Casey Jr. and Pat Toomey, and Congressman Chaka Fattah, introduced legislation to rename the Philadelphia VA Medical Center in honor of Cpl. Michael Crescenz, Philadelphia’s only Vietnam era Medal of Honor recipient. 

This legislation caps off an effort that began in 2010 when Frank Tacey, a Vietnam Veteran from Philadlephia approached Joseph Crecsenz, Michael's brother, about his supporting a campaign to rename the Philadephia VA Medical Center.  Joseph was 12 years old on November 20, 1968 when his brother Michael, 19, was killed while single-handedly taking out enemy machine gun bunkers in South Vietnam.

Cpl. Crescenz and his unit were ambushed by enemy fire that killed two and pinned down the rest.  Crescenz, with machine gun in hand, charged up a slope 100 meters to the enemy position, through enemy fire and eliminated three enemy machine guns bunkers before being mortally wounded.

On April 7, 1970, President Richard M. Nixon presented Cpl. Crescenz's Medal of Honor to the Crescenz family at the White House.

Upon the passing of this legislation, the medical center shall be named the Corporal Michael J. Crescenz Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

To learn more about Cpl. Crescenz and read his Medal of Honor citation, click here


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