FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 3, 2009
SCHUMER URGES NAVY AND NATIONAL ARCHIVES TO LOCATE UNCLAIMED MEDAL OF HONOR AND PUT IT ON DISPLAY AT NIAGARA COUNTY COURT HOUSE AS TRIBUTE TO FALLEN CIVIL WAR SOLDIER
Today, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer wrote to the Secretary of the Navy and the Acting Archivist of the United States urging them to locate an unclaimed Medal of Honor for Niagara County native 1st Class Fireman Michael Huskey. Huskey was awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military honor for valor, in March of 1863 but Huskey and his family members died before the medal could be claimed. Niagara County is seeking to locate the unclaimed medal to put it on display at the Niagara County Court House. Today, Schumer wrote to the Navy Secretary and the National Archives urging them to locate the unclaimed medal and give it to Niagara County so that it can display it in honor of Huskey’s service.
“1st Class Fireman Michael Huskey showed incredible strength, leadership and courage during his time in the Navy,” said Schumer. “Locating the Medal of Honor and placing it in the Niagara Court House will honor his memory so that future generations will know the great sacrifices that he made for his country during the Civil War.”
Huskey was awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor in a battle in Mississippi in 1863 but he died the following year and never received his award. According to Niagara County Historian Catherine Emerson, Huskey’s remaining siblings and family members died off by the 1940s and he has no living descendants.
In 1898, the New York Times published an article listing war veterans who had been awarded medals but never received or claimed them, and Huskey’s name was on that list.
Niagara County would like to locate the Medal so that it can be displayed in the County Court House in honor of Huskey. Huskey’s Medal represents the 14th Medal of Honor that has been awarded to someone with a connection to Niagara County.
In an effort to locate the Medal and give it to the County, Schumer today wrote to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Acting Archivist of the U.S. Adrienne Thomas, urging them to locate the medal so that it can be displayed in the Courthouse to honor Huskey.