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Walker / Medal of Honor #251139

CBS Evening News for Friday, Mar 25, 1977
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(Studio) When Dr. Mary Walker campaigned for women's rights during suffragette movement, Army Review Board took Congress Medal of Honor from Civil War from her. Now Congress considers returning it.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Oswego, New York) Mary Walker born in 1832 in Oswego, New York, and was 1st woman to get M.D. from Syracuse Med. College. Walker's service in Civil War for Union forces from Ohio in Tennessee noted. Medal of Honor award noted. In 1917, some 900 such medals rescinded because recipients didn't technically qualify under rules; "Buffalo Bill" Cody's medal also taken back. Now New York rep. Robert McEwen whose district incls. Oswego, says he thinks Walker's award should be restored. (Interview by Jim McManus.) [McEWEN - cites reasons for restoration of medal.] Decision up to military personnel subcommittee of House Armed Services Committee
REPORTER: Gary Shepard

Reporter(s):
Cronkite, Walter;
Shepard, Gary
Duration:
00:03:00

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