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Springfield Civil War hero receives proper recognition

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On this Memorial Day weekend, we remember those who served and sacrificed their lives for our country.

One former military member has gotten his proper recognition 121 years after his death.

Springfield resident Luke Griswold was in the Navy during the Civil War.  In 1892, he was buried at Oak Grove Cemetery on Bay Street in an unmarked grave.

Griswold earned the Medal of Honor for his actions while on the USS Rhode Island; however, he received the appropriate headstone just last month.

Sunday, Rep. Richard Neal paid tribute to Griswold at his grave site.

"Medal of Honor winners are in a class all by themselves," said Neal. "The other important note here is the most difficult moment in all over American history was the Civil War, but it was individuals like Luke Griswold who saw through the success of the union triumph."

Griswold is credited with saving the lives of officers and crew from the USS Monitor in December 1862.

He was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Abraham Lincoln.

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