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. 

If you are interested in nominating a Veteran for this award please contact your veteran organization to discuss sending in a nomination worksheet. 


Congratulations to the 2019 Charles H. Tracy Award Recipient 
Howard (Nick) Cormier MSGT (ret) USAFR


The American Legion Post 452, American Legion Post 438, AMVETS Post 12, and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter One-Eleven proudly and enthusiastically nominate Howard (Nick) Cormier MSGT (ret) USAFR as the 2019 Charles H. Tracy Award Recipient.

Nick is a life member of the American Legion Post 452 and works closely with his fellow members to assist in the post functions and events. He currently holds the position of Service Commander and has served on the Board of Trustees for 12 years. Nick is part of the Health and Welfare Committee of the Legion, holds a seat on the Scholarship Board, and is heavily involved in the legions Flag Ceremony. Nick was the top Legioner involved with raising money for the Veterans Cemetery for Wreaths Across America and was one of the top members involved with the Holyoke Soldiers Home. When he can, Nick helps with the Sunday Luncheon fundraisers for Veterans Service in Western Massachusetts. 

Nick is also a life member of AMVETS Post 12 where he currently holds the position of President of the Building Committee. This position oversees post functions and fundraising for veterans programs. He was involved in fundraising for local students who traveled to Washington D.C. for the Vietnam Wall Maintenance event. Nick also chairs AMVETS Post 12’s Scholarship 120 Club which annually gives money to community students to help fund their education. He is also a member of AMVETS Post 12 Honor Guard and attends wakes and funerals for deceased veterans.

In his spare time Nick volunteers at the Holyoke Soldiers Home and the VA facilities in Springfield and Leeds. Any time there is a veteran’s function in or around the city Nick does his best to participate and be a part of those events. This past year is a continuation of what Mr. Cormier has done for many years. He gives a lot of his time and effort into the veteran’s community and we are lucky to have him as such a great asset to the City of Chicopee.