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SAUGERTIES, N.Y. -- A dedication ceremony was held Thursday to honor a local Vietnam War Special Forces veteran.
The Saugerties Town Hall was dedicated in honor of retired Army Colonel Roger Donlon. Donlon was awarded the first Medal of Honor of the Vietnam War by former President Lyndon Johnson. Fighting through injuries, Donlon saved numerous members of his troop while successfully fighting off an enemy attack in Vietnam.
The Town Hall now has an official sign with his name and achievements on it.
Donlon, who lives in Kansas, made the trip to his hometown to attend the dedication ceremony.
"We're celebrating the life and sacrifice of a great American and really an individual who epitomizes what we all value: love of country, love of neighbor, love of community," said Assemblyman Peter Lopez.
"I just try to conduct my life in a manner that brings honor and respect and love to those who didn't return. Those are the people who really deserve recognition," said Donlon.
The auditorium in the Saugerties' Municipal Building is also named in honor of Colonel Donlon.