The East Lansing Rotary Club and the City of East Lansing partnered to bring a Medal of Honor Memorial, which was dedicated on Veterans Day on November 11, 2013, to East Lansing. It serves as a permanent memorial for 2nd Lt. Sherrod E. Skinner. The plan is to expand the area in future years to incorporate a Veterans Garden.
About 2nd Lieutenant Sherrod Skinner
2nd Lt. Skinner is a local American war hero who grew up in East Lansing. He received the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously for bravery exhibited during the Korean War. On the night of October 26, 1952, 2nd Lt. Skinner’s observation post was subjected to a sudden and fervent attack by enemy forces. During the attack, 2nd Lt. Skinner organized and directed surviving personnel in the defense of the outpost and left the protection of his bunker on more than one occasion to direct machine gun fire at the enemy forces and replenish depleted ammunition supplies.
2nd Lt. Skinner was wounded each time he left the bunker, but he steadfastly refused aid until his men received medical attention. In the end, 2nd Lt. Skinner threw himself on an enemy grenade in an effort to protect his surviving comrades, absorbing the full force of the explosion and sacrificing his life. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty."
Future Plans & Donations The plan is to expand the area to honor other local veterans by creating a special Veterans' Park with landscaping, flags and additional monuments. To make a donation, please make checks payable to the Rotary Club of East Lansing Foundation and send to:
City of East Lansing
c/o Department of Parks, Recreation & Arts
410 Abbot Road
East Lansing, MI 48823