Charles H. Tracy
Sergeant Charles H. Tracy is a Chicopee native who was awarded the Medal of Honor during the American Civil War for two acts of bravery. His Medal of Honor was awarded to him on November 19, 1897 with a citation that reads “At the risk of his own life, at Spotsylvania, 12 May 1864, assisted in carrying a wounded and helpless officer to a place of safety.”
The Mayor of Chicopee along with The Department of Veterans' Services has an annual award ceremony in honor of Sergeant Tracy. The Charles H. Tracy Award is presented to a veteran for his/her volunteerism and service to the Chicopee veteran community for that year.
Congratulations to the 2018 Charles H. Tracy Award Recipient SMSgt Michael R. Brunetti (ret) USAFR
The American Legion Post 353 proudly and enthusiastically nominates SMSgt Michael Brunetti (ret) USAFR for the Charles H. Tracy Award Ceremony.
SMSgt Brunetti enlisted into the Army in 1971 and served three years before becoming a member of the Army Reserve and National Guard for the next 7 years. He then transferred to the Air Force Reserve in 1980, finally retiring in 2017 after a 36 year career. His career included activation for Desert Storm/Shield at Westover and deployments to Kuwait and Afghanistan in support of the War on Terror.
Mike, originally from Holyoke and South Hadley, moved to Chicopee in 1973 and has been a big part of the community since then. He is currently the Commander of the American Legion Post 438 and a life member of the Chicopee VFW Post 625. Mike has served the city as the Graves Registration Officer since 2012, working closely with youth organizations in the community to oversee the care and the flagging of over 6,800 veteran’s graves during Memorial Day.
Mike is the representative from American Legion Post 438 that attends each Memorial and Patriotic Committee Meeting for the city of Chicopee which meets once a month to discuss how they can help with Veteran events and projects. Mike has given his time and effort as the secretary of the War on Terror Monument Committee. He is also a member of a Military Honors flight and volunteers his time to conduct funeral honors for fallen veterans. At military funerals, he is an active member of the firing detail at the Veterans Cemetery in Agawam.
Last year Mike went out of his way to attend each Chicopee High School graduation to help the Department of Veterans Services execute their Graduates to Guardians coining ceremony as they were in between directors.
Mike sacrifices his time and puts in a ton of effort daily to be a part of and help the community and we are lucky to have him as such a great asset to the City of Chicopee.