Elmira Vietnam Veteran Honored in Congress
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- A Vietnam veteran from the Elmira area was honored in the House of Representatives in a speech on the House floor.
Larry Sherman is the President of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 803 in Elmira. He also leads the Chemung County Honor Guard, providing ceremonial military services at funerals and events throughout Chemung County. Sherman enlisted in the U.S. Navy, served in Vietnam as a member of the Naval Mobile Construction Battalion, known as the Seabees.
Congressman Nick Langworthy (R-NY23) recognized Sherman in a speech delivered on the House floor this week. The remarks are as follows:
“Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor an extraordinary Vietnam veteran from Chemung County, Larry Sherman.
After America entered the Vietnam War, Larry Sherman answered the call to serve his fellow Americans and enlisted in the U.S. Navy. Shortly after he completed training, he deployed to Vietnam to join Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 10, the Seabees.
He spent his deployment supporting our military and building critical infrastructure under fire, often dodging mortar and rockets.
When Larry returned home, he received the same harsh treatment that many Vietnam veterans faced and decided to take action. Larry has been a leader in local initiatives to support his fellow veterans.
He now serves as the President of the Vietnam Veterans Association Chapter 803, and leads the Chemung County Honor Guard, which provides a ceremonial military presence at the funerals of veterans and other events.
Thank you, Larry, for your courage and service, and for going the extra mile to support veterans across the Southern Tier.”