Tipton Pushes for National Medal of Honor Museum to be Relocated to Pueblo, ‘Home of Heroes’
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Representative Scott Tipton (CO-03) sent a letter to the National Medal of Honor Museum requesting that Pueblo, Colorado, receive consideration as the site for the museum’s new location. Pueblo, nicknamed “Home of Heroes,” is the hometown of four Congressional Medal of Honor recipients and the ideal location for the museum. Tipton’s letter reads in part:
“Colorado has a storied and revered relationship with our nation’s veterans and those men and women who serve in uniform today. I respectfully request the due consideration of Pueblo, Colorado, as the potential location for the National Medal of Honor Museum.
The community of Pueblo, Colorado, is one rich in military history and service. In Pueblo’s Medal of Honor Plaza stand four bronze statues of the four heroes from Pueblo who were awarded the Medal of Honor: Army Staff Sergeant Drew D. Dix (Vietnam, 1968); Army Private William Crawford (WWII, 1943); Marine Captain Carl Sitter (Korea, 1950); and Marine Lieutenant Raymond G. (Jerry) Murphy (Korea, 1953). In 1953, when awarding the Medal of Honor to Lieutenant Murphy, President Eisenhower remarked: ‘What is it . . . something in the water out there in Pueblo? All you guys turn out to be heroes!’ In 1993, Congress cemented President Eisenhower’s sentiment when it recognized the city of Pueblo as the ‘Home of Heroes.’ Due to this, Pueblo has had the privilege of hosting two Congressional Medal of Honor Society Conventions over the past 15 years. Both conventions were attended by over 35 living Medal of Honor recipients.”
In a separate letter, Tipton joined with members of the Colorado congressional delegation requesting that the state at large be considered for the museum’s relocation, citing the large population of veterans and active duty and reserve military personnel. The National Medal of Honor Museum is currently located in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and is reviewing proposed locations for a new museum to be established. A formal announcement is expected later this year.
Tipton’s letter can be found here.
The Colorado congressional delegation letter can be found here.