Oberacker Bill Honoring Otsego County Army Medic Advances

June 08, 2021

ALBANY, 06/08/21 -- State Senator Peter Oberacker (R/C – Schenevus) today announced senate approval of a bill he sponsors to honor an Army medic from the Town of Butternuts who lost his life in the Vietnam War.

Senate bill 6799 would rename a portion of State Route 51 in the Town of Butternuts in honor of SP-4 Richard Walton, Jr.  Army Specialist-4 Walton served valiantly during the Vietnam War and was killed in action on February 6, 1970 when a rescue helicopter he was a passenger in crashed.  Walton served as a medic and was just 19 years old at the time of his death.

“Every man and woman who wears a United States military uniform sacrifices for our nation and our way of life, some, like Army Specialist Walton, make the ultimate sacrifice.  SP-4 Walton served to help others – ‘carrying a needle instead of a gun,’ as he put it.  It is my humble honor to help keep his memory alive and ensure that others know what Richard Walton Jr. meant to his hometown of Gilbertsville and his country,” said Senator Oberacker.

The special highway designation was requested by the Town of Butternuts.

Companion legislation introduced by Assemblyman Joseph Angelino was also adopted today and the bill will now go to the governor for final approval.