NEW YORK, April 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- At the time of the Civil War there was a prohibition against awarding the Medal of Honor posthumously. As a result, a significant number of very courageous men died while fighting above and beyond the call of duty and their extraordinary bravery has gone unacknowledged to this day.
Fordham University and the Veterans of the Seventh Regiment believe that the qualifications are well documented for the award of the Medal of Honor to Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, Commanding Officer of the Massachusetts 54th Regiment and hereby petition New York's members of the Senate and Congress to champion this cause.
As a young man Colonel Shaw attended St. John's College, which would later become known as Fordham Prep and Fordham University. A few short years later he was in the ranks of the Seventh Regiment when it marched to the defense of Washington on April 19, 1861. Both of these historic institutions believe that Colonel Shaw's extraordinary moral and physical courage are important examples for generations of Americans and deserve to be recognized in the award of the Medal of Honor.
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