Health center honors Medal of Honor winner

NORTH CHICAGO – National Medal of Honor Day saw officials at the Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago recognizing a man who received the Medal of Honor for his Vietnam heroics.

Center Director Patrick Sullivan thanked Allen Lynch of Gurnee for his service beyond the call of duty, noting Lynch is among those receiving health care at the center, which opened in October 2011.

Lynch was an Army specialist 4th Class working as a telephone operator on Dec. 15, 1967, when while under fire, he ran across open ground several times to rescue wounded colleagues. Lynch received the medal from President Richard Nixon in 1970.

Lynch told those attending Monday's ceremony that the Medal of Honor stands for the warrior ethic of placing service over self.

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