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The Boston Herald
October 27, 2001

Medal of Honor Society Recognizes Three

By Jules Crittenden

Men who have received the nation's highest military honor were to bestow special honors of their own on three distinguished citizens whose work has exemplified ``the ideals of freedom and patriotism that make our country strong.''

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society, which is holding its national convention in Boston this week, last night was to recognize U.S. Ambassador to Ireland Richard Egan, veteran NBC correspondent Tim Russert and Celtic tenor John McDermott.

``I am deeply honored to receive the Patriot Award for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society,'' Egan said in a prepared statement. ``Our nation owes an immense debt of gratitude to the men and women of the armed forces, and particularly to the heroic actions and ideals of the Medal of Honor recipients.''

Russert was to receive the Tex McCrary Award for Journalism, named for legendary publicist and World War II Army Col. John Regan ``Tex'' McCrary.

McDermott was to receive the society's Bob Hope Award for his musical charitable work on behalf of veterans.