Awarding of the Congressional Medal of Honor to Sergeant Gary B. Beikirch by President Richard M. Nixon
The Congressional Medal of Honor being awarded to Sgt. Gary B. Beikirch of Greece, New York on 01 April 1970 by President Richard M. Nixon. Sergeant Beikirch was awarded the Medal of Honor for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Beikirch, medical aidman, Detachment B-24, Company B, distinguished himself during the defense of Camp Dak Seang. The allied defenders suffered a number of casualties as a result of an intense, devastating attack launched by the enemy from well-concealed positions surrounding the camp. Sgt. Beikirch, with complete disregard for his personal safety, moved unhesitatingly through the withering enemy fire to his fallen comrades, applied first aid to their wounds and assisted them to the medical-aid station. When informed that a seriously injured American officer was lying in an exposed position, Sgt. Beikirch ran immediately through the hail of fire. Although he was wounded seriously by fragments from an exploding enemy mortar shell, Sgt. Beikirch carried the officer to a medical aid station. Ignoring his own serious injuries, Sgt. Beikirch left the relative safety of the medical bunker to search for and evacuate other men who had been injured. He was again wounded as he dragged a critically injured Vietnamese soldier to the medical bunker while simultaneously applying mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to sustain his life. Sgt. Beikirch again refused treatment and continued his search for other casualties until he collapsed. Only then did he permit himself to be treated. Sgt. Beikirch's complete devotion to the welfare of his comrades, at the risk of his life, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army."
Rev. Henry R. Chattin of Spencerport bicycling in Greece, 1898. Rev. Chattin was a Methodist who spoke at a number of Rochester area churches. Rev. Chattin appears to have a commemorative thirteen star American flag affixed to his handlebars. The US flag in 1898 would have been composed of forty five stars, following the inclusion of Utah as a state in 1896.
Vacationers enjoying the Lake Ontario beach outside one of the many vacation resorts that lined the shores from the 1870's until the 1930's.
Vacationers standing on the trestle near the Lakeview Hotel, 1921.
Charles Skinner (left) and Bradley Palmer showing off their 13 1/2 lb catch at Braddock's Bay in August 1893. Charles was the son of George Skinner and brother of Sheriff Al Skinner. Charles was a skilled and award winning marksman and trapper.
Then Vice President Richard M. Nixon campaigning in Rochester, New York, November 1, 1960. He spoke at the Rochester War Memorial. Greece Town Supervisor Gordon Howe was one of the many prominent Republicans in attendance, Vice President went on to lose the election by a mere .17% margin in the popular vote.
Then Vice President Richard M. Nixon campaigning in Rochester, New York, November 1, 1960. He spoke at the Rochester War Memorial. Greece Town Supervisor Gordon Howe is pictured left of Mrs. Pat Nixon, Vice President went on to lose the election by a mere .17% margin in the popular vote.
School crossing guard Henry Lewerenz. Mr. Lewerenz is shown stationed at the Barnard railroad crossing around 1920 as a Buffalo, Rochester & Pittsburgh coal train passes. Prior to the installation of automated lights and gates, guards were stationed at railroad crossings throughout Monroe County. The Barnard railroad crossing was located on Dewey Avenue near the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
School crossing guard Henry Lewerenz. Mr. Lewerenz is shown stationed at the Barnard railroad crossing around 1920. Prior to the installation of automated lights and gates, guards were stationed at railroad crossings throughout Monroe County. The Barnard railroad crossing was located on Dewey Avenue near the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
Students from Greece Archadia Middle School on class trip to Washington, D.C., 1999. The U.S. Capital building is in the background.
Boy Scouts posing with U.S. Representative Barber Conable, 1984. Barber Conable served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1965-1985.
M. Cathy Mendriski-Helmes striking a deal with Santa, 1951.
Attendees at the annual "Gumshoe Picnic" of the Greece Police Department, 1938. Sergeant Frank Pitcher is seen squatting in the front row at the left.
Attendees of the opening of the Greece Public Library Mitchell Road Branch, April 1963. The hours of operation at that time were Monday through Friday, 1-5pm and 7-9pm; Saturday 1-5pm. Between 1960 and 1963, the library was housed at Greece Olympia High School, Greece Baptist Church and Ridgecrest Plaza. Supervisor Vince Tofany second from right. Sheriff Al Skinner is to the far right.
Marchers at the ready for the Town of Greece Bicentennial Parade, 1976.