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Bartlett Medal of Honor recipient has died

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BARTLETT, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A Bartlett Medal of Honor recipient has died.

Vernon McGarity, a U.S. Army Veteran, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism during World War II in 1952.

Action News 5 spoke with McGarity in 2006 when he received the honor from the city.

Badly wounded in a heavy firefight in Belgium the winter of 1944, McGarity rallied and rescued his men and single handedly disabled a German tank.

"A very great honor. Touching too. And, I don't want to relive it," he said when he received the medal.

Plaques commemorating McGarity and Walter Singleton, who was killed fighting in Vietnam and posthumously awarded a medal of honor, are the focal point for Bartlett's expanded Veterans Park.

Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald had this to say about the monument and those whose sacrifices it honors:

"There are people here that are in their 80s and there are little children here and we are able to be here today simply because there are other people who took care of business for us."

McGarity's death brings the total number of living recipients of the Medal of Honor to 79.

Vernon McGarity was 91 years old.

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