Bill that would rename military training facilities after Medal of Honor recipients heads to governor's desk

May 9, 2018

A bill that would help keep the legacies of Connecticut's military heroes alive now heads to the governor's desk to be signed into law. On May 9, the state Senate passed House Bill 5230, "An Act Honoring Connecticut National Guard Medal of Honor Recipients." The legislation previously passed the state House of Representatives in a 121 to 28 vote.

The bill, requested by the Connecticut Military Department, would rename two Connecticut military training facilities after Medal of Honor recipients.

It would rename Camp Niantic, the National Guard training site in East Lyme, Camp Nett at Niantic in honor of World War II Col. Robert B. Nett and the state military training facility in Windsor Locks would be named Camp Hartell in honor of First Lt. Lee R. Hartell, a veteran of the Korean conflict.

By renaming the Connecticut military training facilities after Medal of Honor recipients, state Rep. Jack Hennessy, House chairman of the legislature's Veterans' Affairs Committee, said we can ensure that the heroic actions of two of the National Guard’s most honored members are not forgotten.

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