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Posted on: September 24, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Street Renaming to Honor a Veteran

Sgt. Ike

Smithtown Hosts Street Renaming in Honor of Vietnam Vet & Purple Heart Recipient US Army Sergeant George P. Eisenhauer Jr.

The Town of Smithtown joined with neighbors, family, and fellow veterans to honor the life and service of George P. Eisenhauer Jr. on Saturday, September 21st. Supervisor Ed Wehrheim led the ceremony alongside the Eisenhower family, neighbors and friends, representatives from various Veterans Organizations, including the Vietnam Vets of America, the American Legion Riders, the V.F.W., Smithtown & Nesconset Fire Departments, and the Smithtown Public Safety Department. So. Plaisted Avenue from Hoffman Lane to Garvey Drive was renamed “Sgt. Ike Avenue” in honor of Purple Heart Recipient & Vietnam War Hero, US Army Sergeant George P. Eisenhauer Jr.

“There’s a saying that a Soldier dies twice: once where he takes his last breath; and again when his name has been forgotten. I’m honored to say that we will never forget George P. Eisenhauer Jr. in Smithtown as we Dedicate this street in his name today.” - Supervisor Ed Wehrheim

George P. Eisenhauer Jr. was the Grand-Nephew of President Dwight "Ike" Eisenhower. Rather than avoid the draft or service during the Vietnam War, George entered the U.S. Amy on July 27, 1966, opting to serve two tours in Vietnam. Originally stationed with the 5th Battalion 6th Infantry at Fort Hood, Texas, George was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and deployed with Company A 1st Battalion 46th Infantry to Vietnam. Sgt. Eisenhauer was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Marksman Badge, and the Expert Rifle Badge.

He was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1972 and settled down in the Town of Smithtown with his wife, Doreen. Together they raised their daughter, Michelle. George continued to support his fellow soldiers as a member of the Patriot Guard Riders of New York State. He passed away on January 12th, 2019, leaving his wife Doreen, his daughter Michelle and her husband Mike, and his two grandsons Matthew and Michael to carry on in his memory.

“While certainly not unfamiliar with having a good time, the word party is entirely too restrictive. George knew how to live! Today, he continues to live in our hearts and on this block.” - Don Lynch, Neighbor and Family Friend

Don Lynch, George’s neighbor and friend, spoke on behalf of the family prior to the unveiling. The benediction was performed by George’s good friend and neighbor Reverend Arturo Maine of the Hauppauge United Methodist Church. After the reverend’s inspiring words, George’s wife Doreen stood together with her daughter Michelle, son-in-law Mike, and their children Matthew and Michael to unveil the new street sign.

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