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A Norman man is trying to raise $34,000 to honor a Muskogee man.

Muskogee residents and the city should step up and help him to honor Ernest Edwin Evans Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.

Ernest Edwin Evans, a Central High School graduate, received the honor posthumously. He was killed in World War II during the Battle of Samar on Oct. 25, 1944. He served as U.S. Navy commander of the USS Johnston.

Retired Norman dentist Stephen Reagan became interested in Evans after reading the book, "The Last of the Tin Can Sailors," that chronicles that battle. Reagan also read a 2010 story in the Oklahoma Historical Society quarterly publication, "Chronicles of Oklahoma," that details Evans' life, includes enlisting in the Navy in 1926 and rising to the rank of commander in 1942.

"I got interested in what a hero he was and wondered how Muskogee had honored him," Reagan said about Evans. "I've been to Muskogee a few times and realized there's nothing. I thought, 'Boy, I would like to help Muskogee honor him.' He deserves it. He needs to be honored."

In addition to funding, Reagan also is looking for a site to become home for the bust. He wants it to be on display for the public, possibly outdoors.

Many people are aware of another Medal of Honor recipient — Jack C. Montgomery. The VA Medical Center has been named in his honor.

It's amazing that two Medal of Honor recipients are from Muskogee. The Medal of Honor is reserved for very few.

Muskogee residents should take part in honoring Evans. Reagan is right. Evans deserves it.

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