Navy's Medal of Honor rejection irks NY officials - - Jackson, MS

Navy's Medal of Honor rejection irks NY officials

LOCKPORT, N.Y. (AP) - Officials trying to obtain an unclaimed Medal of Honor for a Civil War hero from western New York say they've instead been given a letter with a drawing of the medal.

One Niagara County official calls the move by the Navy "an embarrassment."

County officials have been trying since last year to get the medal awarded to Michael Huskey, who died in 1864 without receiving it. Last week, the Navy sent county officials a letter that includes an embossed drawing of a Medal of Honor.

The letter contains the citation for Huskey, who was awarded the honor for his actions during a firefight in Mississippi in 1863.

The Navy has refused to give the county the medal or a replica, citing costs and a lack of security at the courthouse where medal would be displayed.

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