DAR Award Winner LT Andrew J. Baldwin, M.D. teaching a proper salute.
(WASHINGTON, D.C. - May 1, 2009) – Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has announced U.S. Navy Lieutenant Andrew Baldwin, M.D. as recipient of the 2009 Medal of Honor. Priscilla R. Baker, State Regent of the Washington, DC Society NSDAR will present LT Baldwin with this prestigious award at a ceremony on May 7th in Washington, DC at the Trust for the National Mall Annual Benefit Luncheon. The event is a capital city exclusive attended by Senators, Congressmen, and Ambassadors.
LT Andrew Baldwin, M.D. is a physician and Navy diver at the Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington, D.C. where he also serves as a spokesman and advocate for Navy Medicine. Additionally as an Ironman Triathlete and national health and fitness specialist he assists the U.S. Surgeon General, Rear Admiral Steven K. Galson, with his initiative Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future; a national program combating childhood overweight and obesity in America.
“This is the most prestigious honor awarded by the DAR,” says Jan Estelle Cordell, Regent, Anasazi Chapter, ASDAR, “LT Baldwin has demonstrated insight and compassion and the energy to make a difference in the world. We are proud to have been able to nominate him for this award.”
The DAR Medal of Honor recipient must be a native born American who has shown extraordinary qualities of leadership, trustworthiness, service, and patriotism, as well as unusual and lasting contributions to American heritage by truly giving of himself to his community, state, country, and fellow man. “Just to let you know the magnitude of this award, some previous winners are Rudy Guilani, Charlton Heston, and Bob Dole. The three winners presented at National last year were Bill Conti (composer and Oscar winner), Luther Smith (member of the 332nd Tuskogee Airmen) and Brigadier General Susan J. Helms (NASA astronaut). One of the other winners this year is Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor; so you can see Dr. Baldwin is in very good company,” explains Darlene Corson on behalf of the Anasazi Chapter Nominating Committee.
The nomination was a comprehensive project submitted by the Anasazi Chapter ASDAR. “Many thanks to you and your entire organization for the huge honor you are bestowing on LT Baldwin and all of Navy Medicine! We are, indeed, very proud of this fine young officer and physician. With my most heartfelt appreciation and warmest regards,” Rear Admiral Bill Roberts, M.D., Chief of the Navy Medical Corps writes in a letter to Jan Estelle Cordell, Regent, ASDAR.
Among his numerous acknowledgements, Dr. Baldwin has been honored on the Washington DC Most Influential People under 40 list in 2009, and Outside Magazine's Top 100 Influential People of the World list in 2006 for the humanitarian work he did in Laos on a military mission where he treated over 600 Laotians in remote mountain villages.
Dr. Baldwin has been featured in numerous media outlets including Men’s Health Magazine, GQ Magazine, Runners World, and has been named Humanitarian of the Year by both Triathlete Magazine and Competitor Magazine. His television appearances are extensive including interviews on Good Morning America, The View, and FOX News as well as a special guest appearance on ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition. Dr. Baldwin was also the star of ABC hit show, “The Bachelor: An Officer and a Gentleman”.
While serving as a Navy doctor, he remains active in his athletic and charitable pursuits. Dr. Baldwin is founder of the Got Your Back Network, a nonprofit organization that raises money to support families of fallen soldiers. Got Your Back provides help in funding and liaison to services that the children and families may need in areas such as tutoring, counseling, mentorship, education, athletics and healthcare. Navy Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Lee Becker says, “Dr. Baldwin has been a tremendous advocate for all the great work the Wounded Warrior Regiment and Navy Medicine have been doing caring for all WII warriors and families.”
LT Baldwin has become increasingly involved with domestic and global humanitarian projects. He will use his medical and Spanish language skills this summer aboard USNS COMFORT as part of Continuing Promise 2009 delivering care to those in need in Central and South America. To learn more about Dr. Baldwin’s work and volunteerism visit www.AndyBaldwin.com. “I am humbled by this honor and very grateful for the nomination from ASDAR Chapter and to Priscilla Baker and the Washington, DC Society NSDAR.”
The DAR, founded in 1890 and headquartered in Washington, DC, is a non-profit, non-political volunteer women's service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America's future through better education for children.
With more than 165,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide, DAR is one of the world's largest and most active service organizations. Encompassing an entire downtown city block, DAR National Headquarters houses one of the nation's premier genealogical libraries, one of the foremost collections of pre-industrial American decorative arts, Washington's largest concert hall, and an extensive collection of early American manuscripts and imprints.