Philadelphia VA Should Be Named for Local Medal of Honor Recipient, Says Barrar

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously approved legislation authored by Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) that beseeches Congress to rename the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center after Cpl. Michael J. Crescenz, who was the only Philadelphia-area Vietnam veteran to be awarded the Medal of Honor. 

“This resolution will have meaning both for the Crescenz family and for every veteran of the Vietnam War,” said Barrar, a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War who participated in the evacuation of Saigon in 1975.  “As a veteran of the Vietnam War, I know how important it is to recognize the heroic actions of those who fought in this conflict.” 

Crescenz earned the Medal of Honor in the Hiep Duc Valley in North Vietnam in November 1968 when his company was attacked by enemy forces.  Crescenz successfully charged enemy bunkers three times, but was unfortunately killed in action while charging a fourth enemy stronghold.  Because of his courageous actions, his company was able to complete its mission.  He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor on April 7, 1970.

As House Resolution 210 was adopted, two of Crescenz’s brothers, Joseph and Christopher, along with Christopher’s wife, Bonnie, were present.

Barrar noted that U.S. Sens. Pat Toomey and Bob Casey Jr., as well as the Philadelphia area congressional delegation, are supporting this initiative at the federal level through legislation they have introduced.    

More information about Barrar and his legislative priorities is available at and  

Representative Stephen E. Barrar
160th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Nicole Wamsley
Share |