Melvin R. Laird
Awards and Accolades
Uniformed Services Health Science Plaque
As Secretary of Defense, Melvin R. Laird gave his full support to the establishment of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.
In recognition of his efforts on behalf the nation's health, the University awarded Mr. Laird a Doctor of Military Medical History Honoris Causa.
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Bethesda, Maryland 18 May, 1996
The citation reads: "Melvin R. Laird, in 1942 you unselfishly answered your nation's call for service. Since that time, your commitment to patriotism and concern for those who serve their nation has won you the undying respect of all Americans.
Tens of thousands of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines have benefited from your uncompromising commitment to excellence in military service and in particular, military medicine.
To provide the care to those who serve when called is sometimes more perilous in the Legislative and Executive Branches of Government than on the battlefield.
You are a luminary of health care delivery and supporter of those who serve. Your vision has been tested and proven from the battlefields of Vietnam, Grenada, Lebanon, Panama, Haiti, Somalia, the Persian Gulf and Bosnia to the clinics and health centers that serve the American people.
Your spirit and humanity, together with your legislative acumen, have left a legacy for this nation which is unmatched and truly enviable. Through your efforts this University is now a part of that legacy. Doctors, nurses, and scientists are now serving their nation because of your vision and commitment to purpose. Your nation's health care university takes great pride in awarding you the degree of Doctor of Military Medical History Honoris is Causa.