Vietnam vet's legacy endures on Long Island
The impact of a Riverhead soldier?s life and death is still being felt more than 40 years later, especially during Black History Month.
On January 15, 1969 Army Private Garfield Langhorn threw himself onto a grenade in Vietnam to save a group of wounded soldiers nearby.
Langhorn?s final act of courage did not surprise his mother Mary.
?I thought it was just like Garfield, always trying to help somebody,? Mary Langhorn says.
In 1970 Langhorn became the first African American soldier from Long Island to receive the Medal of Honor since the Civil War.
Congress has introduced a bill to name the new Riverhead post office after Langhorn.