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Monument added to Guenette veteran apartments

May 27, 2018 06:14 PM

TROY – One year to the day after they cut the ribbon on the Peter M. Guenette apartments on 115th St., a monument was unveiled at the base of the flagpole outside on Sunday.

"His love for his comrades and this is his legacy,” said his brother Michael. “It (doesn’t) get any better than this."

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Then just 20 years old, Specialist 4th Class Guenette smothered the blast of an enemy hand grenade with his body during a firefight on May 18, 1968 in Vietnam. It saved the lives of his fellow soldiers. Guenette, who graduated from Catholic High and went to HVCC, earned the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Congressional Medal of Honor.

"I'm so proud of Peter and there's so many of his classmates, Catholic High 1965, that are very proud of Peter and that's one of the reasons why I'm here,” said John Ives, 70. “I'm here for Peter today."

Said Troy Mayor Patrick Madden: “Few are ever called to make such a sacrifice but the call was made to Peter that day and without hesitation he answered it valiantly."

Said Congressman Paul Tonko: “As a leader on that battlefield he knew that he had a very difficult choice but it was selfless and it was governed by his upbringing."

Said Steve McLaughlin, Rensselaer Co. Executive: "You think about a kid 20 years old and making that split-second decision he had to be scared but mostly he was brave and courageous and he just acted."

Among those on hand were a Color Guard from the 2nd Battalion and the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment out of Fort Campbell, KY, Guenette's unit. A building there is named for Guenette.

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