State honors Sgt. Randy Rosenberg with N. H. Medal of Honor
December 22, 2010
MANCHESTER — Gov. John Lynch joined Adjutant General William Reddel in honoring New Hampshire's fallen soldiers and their families at the first presentation ceremony of the New Hampshire Medal of Honor on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 11, at the Armory Exhibition Center at the Radisson Hotel.
Army Sgt. Randy Scott Rosenberg of Berlin, a 1998 graduate of Berlin High School who was killed with two other Americans on Jan. 24, 2004 in Khalidiyah, Iraq, was one of the 54 fallen military who were honored with a N. H. Medal of Honor mounted in velvet-lined shadow box.
The handsome medal, designed by Berlin sculptor and painter Andre Belanger, commemorates the dignity, integrity and valor of the brave servicemen and servicewomen who honorably represented the New Hampshire and made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of this nation, Gov. Lynch said.
Sgt. Rosenberg was killed when a vehicle-based explosive device detonated near his military vehicle at a checkpoint. He was on his second tour of duty in the Middle East, following service in Kuwait.
Earlier this year on Memorial Day, May 31, Berlin honored the 23-year-old man by dedicating the Sgt. Randy Rosenberg Memorial Highway in front of the Unity Street Botanical Gardens, located on a section of Hutchins Street from Glen Avenue to East Mason Street. A plaque and street sign mark this stretch of road, paralleling the Androscoggin River.
"Memories of this young patriot will last forever with those who were fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to know him," reads the memorial plaque unveiled by Mayor Paul Grenier.
Others from the North Country who also were honored include: National Guard SPC Alan Joseph Burgess of Landaff, who died in Mosul, Iraq, on Oct. 15, 2004; Army MSGT Richard L. Ferguson of Conway, who died Somara, Iraq, on March 30, 2004; Army SPC Jeremy Francis Regnier of Littleton, who died in Baghdad, Iraq, on Oct. 13, 2004; Army SPC Matthew E. Schneider of Gorham, who died in Ar Ramadi, Iraq, on Aug. 28, 2006; and National Guard SGT David Samuel Stelmat Jr., of Littleton, who died on March 22, 2008, in Baghdad, Iraq.