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Readshaw receives Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award


Rep. Readshaw receives the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor award in the Capitol Rotunda. Retired state Rep. and U. S. Marine Corps Colonel Tom Tigue and the executive director of the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation, Christine Beady, present the award.

The Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation has recognized state Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, with its award, the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor.

Retired state Rep. Tom Tigue, a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel, made the presentation last month in the Capitol Rotunda. Christine Beady, executive director of the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation, was also in attendance. 

"I am very humbled by this award and the significance behind it," Rep. Readshaw said. "We should all do our part to promote our military, our veterans and their families every day. I am honored to be selected as a recipient of this award and it adds to my desire to insist those in the military are not only honored and respected, but treated fairly."

Mr. Readshaw, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, has introduced a number of pieces of legislation that benefit veterans during his tenure in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. 

Mr. Readshaw is the Democratic appointee to the Pennsylvania Military Community Protection Commission to protect military bases and their communities in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and he continues his effort to raise funds to maintain the monuments to Pennsylvania men who died during the Civil War at Gettysburg. He is active in his community with numerous veterans' organizations and is always available to assist military members of his community.

The Legion of Honor Award publicly recognizes and honors outstanding members of society whose lives model the giving spirit and unconditional service to community, nation and humanity without regard to race, religion or creed exemplified so dramatically by the Four Chaplains: Lt. George L. Fox, Methodist; Lt. Alexander D. Goode, Jewish; Lt. John P. Washington, Roman Catholic; and Lt. Clark V. Poling, Dutch Reformed. These four men went above and beyond their duty on the evening of Feb. 2, 1943, when the U.S.A.T. Dorchester, which was filled to capacity with 902 service men, merchant seamen and civilian workers, was sunk by a German submarine U-223. The chaplains gave up their lives so others could be saved.

According to the foundation, to be considered for an award, the selfless and transformative achievement must be above and beyond that of a professional resume or organizational position.


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