By Kim Glovas
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia’s Veterans Administration Hospital is getting a new name, after a bill was signed by President Obama earlier this week.READ MORE: Gardner Minshew Shines As Philadelphia Eagles Beat New York Jets, 33-18
The bill means the VA hospital in West Philadelphia will be renamed in memory of Michael Crescenz, who lived in West Oak Lane and served in the Vietnam War.
Terry Williamson, president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, says, “All of the veterans in the region are extremely excited about this. Michael was the only Medal of Honor recipient from Philadelphia for his actions in 1968 when he assaulted multiple machine gun nests.”READ MORE: Philadelphia Commerce Director Michael Rashid Resigns After He Reportedly Made Anti-Semitic Remarks, Verbally Abused His Staff
Williamson says the last assault killed him. He was 19-years-old at the time.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is in the planning stages of erecting a statue of Crescenz and has already begun fundraising on that project.MORE NEWS: Triple Shooting In Kensington Leaves 2 Men Dead, Another Injured, Philadelphia Police Say
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