A local Medal of Honor recipient was honored Saturday with a statue in his home town. Along Juliana Street in Bedford, there’s a new statue honoring Robert Hartsock and his working dog, Duke. Saturday Morning, Rita Kline saw the statue of her brother for the first time as it was unveiled to her community. Robert Hartsock is from Everett and was killed in the Vietnam War in 1969 after serving as a K-9 handler. He was the only dog handler to ever receive the Congressional Medal of Honor after his death. His working dog Duke is also displayed as part of the statue.
Roger Forbes and Dan Barnatt were in the same Platoon as Robert in Vietnam and say they all got to know each other very well. They joined dozens of others in honoring their good friend. The Medal of Honor is a rare award with almost 3,500 awarded ever, but those who knew him hope this statue is a more public tribute to a man who gave the ultimate sacrifice.