Ellis Island Medal of Honor

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The Ellis Island Medal of Honor was founded by the National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations (NECO) and intended to pay homage to the immigrant experience. The medals honor the contribution made to America by immigrants and the legacy they left behind in the successes of their children and grandchildren. Many medalists take pride in documenting their family's entry to the country via Ellis Island. The medals are awarded to native-born and naturalized U.S. citizens from various ethnic backgrounds. The honorees are said to "exemplify outstanding qualities in both their personal and professional lives, while continuing to preserve the richness of their particular heritage."[1][dead link]

The medals were established at the time of NECO's founding in 1986. A ceremony is held each May on Ellis Island. All branches of the United States Armed Forces traditionally participate. Both the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate have officially recognized the Ellis Island Medals of Honor. Each year’s recipients are read into the Congressional Record.[2] The Great Hall where immigrants were once processed hosts the gala dinner which follows the ceremony. Approximately 100 Medalists are honored each year. Past Medalists include six Presidents, as well as Nobel Prize winners and leaders of industry, education, the arts, sports and government.

The Ellis Island Medals of Honor celebrate the diversity of American life, honoring not only individuals, but the pluralism and democracy that have enabled ancestry groups to maintain their identities while becoming integral parts of the American way of life.

Notable medalists[edit]

Notable Medalists include: Randolph Chitwood, M.D.

2011 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipients[edit]

Gina Addeo; Setrak O. Agonian; Margaret Ajemian Ahnert; Carlos E. Alvarez; Jamid Ansari; Michael Aram; Tom Arnold; Kevork B. Bardakjian, PhD; Stanley M. Bergman; Tejinder Singh Bindra; Col. Matthew Bogdanos, Esq., USMC (Ret.); John A. Brennan, MD; Paul A. Brinklet; Jerry Cahill; Hon. Salvatore J. Cassano; Anthony D. Chimino; Steve S. Chon; Jim Cligton; Darryle D. Clott; James F. Comley; Giancarlo Crupi, MD; James Jian Cui, MD, PhD; Supt. Joseph A. D'Amico; Marty D. Davidson; Joseph F. Dean; ADM Bruce DeMars, USN (Ret.); Vince DeMentri; Nitin V. Doshi, DDS; Pierre Dulaine; CAPT Linda L. Fagan, USCG; David Fitzpatrick, PhD; Bill V. Gallo; Cyril E. Geacintov, PhD; John Giuffre; SSgt. Salvatore A. Giunta, USA; Joseph R. Haiek; Dorothy J. Harber; Scott H. Herman; Fernando J. Hernandez; John M. Iacono; O. Wayne Isom, MD, Joel P. Jahraus, MD, MG Nathaniel James, AUS, Hon. Peter J. Koutoujian, SR., Cecilia M. La Pietra, OP, Wai Lap Leung, MD, Jeffrey E. Levine; Jerry Lewis; Weining Liang, MD; Joanie M. Madden; Babu Rao Mandava; Joseph A. Martorana; Anthony J. Melita; Joseph S. Micallef, JD; Radmila Milentijevic, PhD; LTG John F. Mulholland, Jr., USA; Francis Najafi; Vali R. Nasr, PhD; Younes Nazarian; Denis O'Brien; James G. O'Connor; John O'Hurley; Gail Talanian O'Reilly; Harvey E. Oyer, III, Esq.; Mustafa Oz, MD, FACS; BG Frederick M. Padilla, USMC; Ra. Y. Park; Patrick M. Park; William L. Perocchi; Vladimir Prodanovich; Philip Pumerantz, PhD; Fahim Rahim, MD FASN; Naeem Rahim, MD; Ali C. Razi; Frank L. Regnante; Doris Roberts; Michele M. Rollings, Esq.; Thomas Roma; Bruno L. Sammartino; Samin K. Sharma, MD; Kevin Chang Yao Shih; Donald F. Shula; CMSgt Darren A. Silsbee, USAF; Susan Sommer-Luarca; Joel Szabat; George Veras; Manu K. Vora, PhD, MBA; Joseph M. Walsh; Shirley Wang; Richard P. Wei; Roger L. Williams, MD; Walter W. Wise, Jr.; Chris Jia Shu Xu; Madlena Zepter; Philip Zepter; Kenny Weiqun Zhang

2012 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipients[edit]

Alfred Marshall Acuff, Jr.; Michael W. Allen, PhD; Nancy Arabian; Carol Baldwin; Michael D. Bennett; Neil Berg; Peter Bheddah; Ravishankar Bhooplapur; Herman Chanen; Sam Chang; Johnson Chen; Sanjiv Chopra, MD, MACP; William Cooper; Bita Daryabari; Leena N. Doshi, MD; Hon. Robert Duffy; Angelo Dundee; VADM Robert Francis Dunn, USN (Ret.); Annie Falk; Leonard A. Ferrari, PhD; Jason C. Fu; Bob Gaudio; Fletcher Doud Gill; Nishan Goudsouzian, MD; Richard H. Grace; Dr. Peter Gruss; VADM Robert S. Harward, USN; David A. Hirsch; Chung Wha Hong; Surendra V. Jain, MD; James J. Jimmerson, Esq.; Robert Trent Jones, Jr.; Dr. Henry Hyun Suk Kang; Kevork I. Karajerjian, AIA; Declan M. Kelly; Howard Kessler; Michele P. Kessler; Dalida Keuroghlian; Dongsuk Kim; Paul J. Klaassen; Gerda Weissmann Klein; Giorgio Kolaj; Emrah Ahmet Kovacoglu; Thomas C. Lee, MD; Harry Leibowitz, PhD; Hoi Ken Leung; William Li, MD; Emily E. Lin, AIA; Superintendent David M. Luchsinger; Felix Luu; David E. Luzzi, PhD, MBA; David S. Mack; Spiro J. Macris, DDS; Kai D. Mai, DDS; Ray Mancini; Steven G. Mandis; John A. Mattiacci, DPM; Leonard Mazur; James H. McGuire; Hon. Gregory W. Meeks; Papken Megerian; LTC Edward Monroe; Dr. Gordon H. Mueller; Colonel Mark G. Mykleby, USMC (Ret.); Ryan B. Nabors, MSIR; Ohannes A. Nercessian, MD; Helen Ngan Shim Ng; General Raymond T. Odierno, USA; Gregory H. Olsen, PhD; BGen Joseph L. Osterman, USMC; Edith Padilla-Serrano; John A. Peca; Helen K. Persson; Alice Petrossian; Dra. Vanda Pignato; Rafael Pineiro; Pasquale Pistorio; CAPT Norman Wayne Porter, USN; Dominic L. Pugliani; Thomas C. Quick; Edward J. Rappa; Hon. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; Ghassan M. Saab; Peter Kaivon Saleh, Dr.PH; Dr. Theresa Patnode Santmann; Wido L. Schaefer; Tamer A. Seckin, MD; Dr. Hasu P. Shah; Peter Stephen Shelley, MME; Brooke Shields; Joan Ellyn Silber, PhD; Dr. Rajendra Singh; Ronald E. Spears; Joyce Philibosian Stein; John P. Thomas, MD, FACS; Ronan Tynan, MB, BCH, BAO; Frankie Valli; Reza Vaziri; Helen verDuin Palit, DHL; CAPT Joseph M. Vojvodich, USCG; Paul Emile; Wakim, DO; Jose M. Wiley, MD, FACC, FACP, FSCAI; Major General James L. Williams, USMC (Ret.); Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo; Tommy C. Xie

2013 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipients[edit]

Mohamed Mike Ahmar , Varoujan Altebarmakian, MD, William C. Anton, Bharat H. Barai, MD, Brian Boitano, Noreen Salah Burpee, Hon. Woody Burton, Wendy Y. Chao, Melvin L. Cheatham, MD, Alina Cho, Byung Chang Cho, Im Ja P. Choi, Jerry L. Chong, Esq., Candice Chulee, Seamus Connolly, David C. Dauch, Warren Will David, Vidyasagar Dharmapuri, MD, Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Russell J. Ebeid, John David Eckstein, MD, Dr. Jamshid Ehsani, Mia Farrow, Joseph Fiorentino, RADM Moira N. Flanders, USN (Ret.), LTG Michael Flynn, USA, Jamshid Ghajar, MD, PhD, Hossein Gharib, MD, MACP, MACE, Dore J. Gilbert, MD, LTC USAR, Yong Hwa Ha, Kenneth S. Hershon, MD, Victoria Shoghag Hovanessian, Yousef Javadi, Hratch Kaprielian, Ara Kevork Karajerjian, AIC, CPC, Patricia J. Kennedy, Rep. Peter T. King, Michelle King Robson, Vahid Kooros, Kenneth Julius Kovach, Jackson H. Kuan, MD, Christopher J. Kuelling, Esq., Arthur Bihua Liu, Captain Gordon A. Loebl, USCG, Dr. J. Phillip London, RADM Brian Losey, USN, James Lu, Col. Robert M. Lucania, USAF (Ret.), Christine Eliska Lynn, Fasha (Farshad) Mahjoor, Dertad Manguikian, MD, Yvonne Marceau, Danny Masterson, Gail J. McGovern, Hon. Gregory J. Melikian, USAF (Ret.), Mark R. Melton, David Merage, Gary Mervis, Robert S. Milligan, H.E. Albert Alexander Montague, MG Patrick A. Murphy, USA, Kikanza Nuri-Robins, EdD, MDiv, 1st Lt Steven Ortiz, MA ANG, Mahendra R. Patel, Ramesh J. Patel, David Anthony Pope, John Psaras, Bruce Ramer, Alma Rangel, Assistant Chief Joseph J. Reznick, Monsignor Robert J. Romano, Ronald J. Ross, M.D., F.A.C.R., Pardis Sabeti, MD, DPhil, Homa Sarshar, Kamala Saxena, MD, Jack G. Shaheen, PhD, H. John Shammas, MD, Thomas Sherak, Deputy Chief Steven J. Silks, Anthony Spavone, Stephen J. Squeri, Valavanur A. Subramanian, MD, Aso O. Tavitian, Silvia Tchakmakjian, George Solon Tsandikos, Russell Thayer Tutt, Jr., Col. Lee A. Van Arsdale, USA ,(Ret.), Argyris "RJ" Vassiliou, Richard A. Vermeil, Frank A. Visco, Wyan Hua Wang, Dionne Warwick, Wim Wiewel, PhD, Dar-yih David Wu, Vahe Stephan Yacoubian, MD, Christopher G. Zizza

2014 Ellis Island Medal of Honor recipients[edit]

Salpy Akaragian RN-BC, MN, Iran Davar Ardalan, Marina Arsenijevic, Sherry S. Bahrambeygui, Lily Ring Balian, Maria Bartiromo, Gerald A. Benjamin, Robert S. Bennett, Norbert R. Berg, Narpat Bhandari, Barbara J. Bowers, M.D., Ian Bremmer, Maj. Gen. Mark A. Brilakis, Ahmet Calik, Charles Ta-Peng Chang, Edwin M. Chang, M.D.,Hazem H. Chehabi, M.D., Quyen D. Chu, M.D., Vice Admiral Daniel L. Cooper, Brig. Gen. Ruben A. Cubero, Vice Admiral Philip Hart Cullom, H.E. Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Samir A. Desai, Paul J. DiMare, Captain Jeffrey F. Dixon, Diana L. Ecclestone, E. Llwyd Ecclestone, Salim F. Fadil, M.D., Phillip Frost, M.D., Chief Thomas P. Galati, Diana Xing Wu Gao, Jean-Pierre Garnier, PhD., Colonel Michael J. Gould, Gen. Frank J. Grass, Scott Green, Felix ‘Phil’ Grucci, Admiral Harry B. Harris Jr., Samuel R. Harris, Richard B. Herman, Esq., Evander Holyfield, Joan B. Horning, Prof. David P.J. Hung, O.M.D., PhD.,Vahe Imasdounian, Jae Kung Jeung, Larry E. Jodsaas, Yue-Sai Kan, Shaygan Kheradpir, Minsun Kim, Gary Sze Kong, Gwen S. Korovin, M.D., Dr. Alma Kunanbaeva, Kin Y. Lam, M.D., Norma Lerner, Nigel Lythgoe, PhD., Anita Bevacqua McBride, Douglas W. McCormick, Honorable Robert Carl McFarlane, Raffi Megerian, Dr. Aria Mehrabi, David C. Meltzer, Esq., Ali Mojdehi, Darioush Nasseri, M.D., Jerar Nishanian, Herbert V. Nootbaar, Dattatreyudu Nori, M.D., Pejman Nozad, Ivan Obolensky, Fatih Ozmen, Frank Pallone, Jr., Peter Kihyo Park, Jorge M. Perez, Lauren Pizza, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, Arun Kumar Pramanik, M.D., Helen Psaras, Maj. Gen. L. Scott Rice, US Representative Edward R. Royce, Maj. Gen. Jay Santee, Elizabeth Sarquis, Timothy R. Scully, CSC, Ketki Sharadkumar Shah, M.D., Yash Paul Soi, Andrew Strzalkowski, Abdul M. Suleman, Elie Tahari, Honorable David H. Thorne, Honorable Gaddi H. Vasquez, Elizabeth Lee Vliet, M.D., Hon. John P. Walsh, Ret., Robert R. Weinstine, Esq., Hon. Jesse White, Steven W. Wong, Dr. Yannis C. Yortsos, Ph.D, Lotfi Zadeh, Tim H. Zagat, Charles Zhang

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Congressional Record - 111th Congress (2009-2010) - THOMAS (Library of Congress)". Thomas.loc.gov. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
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