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Bill would rename section of US-23 after war hero from Tawas City

Submitted by on March 15, 2019 – 12:56 amNo Comment

State Representative Sue Allor has introduced legislation that would rename a portion of US 23 in Iosco County after a combat veteran and a Medal of Honor recipient from Tawas City.

If passed, the portion of highway beginning at the M-55 intersection in Tawas City and extending south to the Tawas River Bridge would be renamed the “Peter C. Lemon Highway.”

Lemon has been honored for his heroism and for his refusal to evacuate until the enemy had retreated and his colleagues were airlifted to safety during his service in the Vietnam War.

“Sergeant Lemon is a dedicated hero with many distinguished awards for his bravery and passion in helping others,” said Allor. “This plan is a way for Iosco County, and Michigan, to honor his service and commitment to our country.”

After graduating from Tawas Area High School in 1968, Lemon enlisted in the United States Army and graduated from Ranger RECON School in Vietnam.  He served from July 26, 1969 to July 23, 1970 and was promoted to sergeant during his service.

Lemon received the Medal of Honor, on April 1, 1970, while stationed in Tay Ninh Province, Vietnam.  After his service he excelled academically and received the Humanitarian Alumni of the Year Award in 1998 at the University of Northern Colorado.  He was also inducted into the elite special operations 75th “Ranger Hall of Fame” in 1994.

In 2015 the United States Postal Service issued a Vietnam War Medal of Honor Stamp where Lemon was featured along with 47 other living Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipients.

House Bill 4349 has been referred to the Transportation Committee.

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