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Troy hero honored with state historic plaque

Posted at: 11/08/2012 5:01 PM
Updated at: 11/08/2012 5:32 PM
By: John McLoughlin

TROY - He gave his own life to save the lives of his soldier-buddies in Vietnam more than 40 years ago, and Thursday, his hometown remembered Peter Guenette's heroics.

Peter had been awarded the Medal of Honor many years ago, but veterans in Troy secured him another distinction.

Peter Guenette saved the lives of at least three of his fellow soldiers by throwing himself onto a live grenade, and he was barely 20 at the time.

Thursday, his brother and his two sisters unveiled a state historic plaque letting one and all know that a Medal of Honor recipient is buried there.

His siblings say a day does not pass without thinking of Peter, and that day in 1968 when his parents got the terrible news.

A Street in north Troy already honors Peter, and local vets remember him with a plaque.

Senator Roy McDonald went to school with him, and says the honors are never enough.

Demonstrations against the war were raging when president Nixon presented Peter's mom with the Medal of Honor.

His brother, Mike refused to go to the White House, filled with resentment over his brother's death.

Mike says the anger and the resentment is gone now, and he and his sisters are filled with pride for a hero brother who actually did lay down his life to save another.