The name Garfield M. Langhorn likely to adorn Riverhead post office

05/18/2010 12:00 AM |

The Riverhead post office appears poised to be renamed in honor of fallen Riverhead soldier and Medal of Honor recipient Garfield M. Langhorn, who gave his life during the Vietnam War.
Private First Class Langorn was killed in 1969 after he jumped on a live grenade to save the lives of his fellow troops.
Legislation to rename the West Main Street post office the Private First Class Garfield M. Langhorn Post Office Building will go before the U.S. Senate for a vote soon. The bill was recently OK’d by a Senate committee, elected leaders announced Tuesday.
“Private First Class Garfield M. Langhorn is truly an American hero,” said U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, who sponsored the bill with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. “By renaming this post office after him, we are honoring his selfless and heroic actions to sacrifice his own life for the lives of his comrades.”
Legislation sponsored by Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), to rename the post office passed unanimously in the U.S. House of Representatives in January.
PFC Langhorn, a graduate of Riverhead High School, served as a radio operator in the U.S. Army before he died in Pleiku Province.