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NICHOLAS A. VERZELLA
Nick Verzella, of the Village of East Rochester, is Senator Jim Alesis honoree for the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame. Mr. Verzella is a member of the Greatest Generation, having served in World War II between 1944 and 1946. After graduating from East Rochester High School, he was sent to Fort McClellan in Alabama for basic training and then deployed to Europe, landing in Le Havre, France. In Europe, Mr. Verzella joined the famed 78th Infantry Division, the Lighting Division, shortly after V-E Day, May 8, 1945. When the 78th Infantry Division was inactivated a year later, Mr. Verzella was transferred to the 16th Constabulary Squadron charged with the occupation of Berlin a post he held for nine months and rose to the rank of Sergeant. Returning home from Europe, Mr. Verzella attended the State University of New York at Brockport, obtaining his Bachelors degree in Education in 1950, and his Masters degree in Administration in 1956. In 1950, he began a remarkable, thirty-nine year career in public education in East Rochester schools, receiving numerous accolades for his years as a teacher, administrator and coach. In 1978 and 1983, Mr. Verzella was named by the New York State Department of Education, as a nalist for Teacher of the Year. In 1978, the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle wrote: His red, white and blue classroom looks like a shrine to American heroes and patriotism. Since his years in the service, Mr. Verzella has been extremely passionate and committed to East Rochesters Gold Star Families, so that the residents of his community will never forget the sacrices of those East Rochester sons and daughters whose names are forever engraved on the monuments at the Station of Heroes. A longtime member of American Legion Post 1917 in East Rochester, and a perennial xture as Master of Ceremonies for the Villages Memorial Day and Veterans Day observances, Mr. Verzella has been twice named Post 1917 Legionnaire of the Year, and in 1997, was named Monroe County Legionnaire of the Year for his commitment to his fellow veterans.

NICHOLAS A. VERZELLA WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR JAMES S. ALESI.

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PFC. JAMES E. PREVETE


Pfc. James E. Prevete was born on January 19, 1982 and was killed on October 10, 2004 while bravely serving our country in Operation Iraqi Freedom in Habbaniya, Iraq. Pfc. Prevete was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry, A Company, based in Camp Greaves, Korea and was killed in a military vehicle accident. Pfc. Prevete was a lifelong resident of Whitestone, New York. He attended Holy Trinity Elementary School from June 1987 through June 1996 and then attended St. Francis Prep High School where he graduated in June 2000. He also briey attended Sacred Heart University in Faireld, Connecticut and Queens College prior to proudly joining the United States Army in November 2003. He is remembered by his family and friends as a wonderful young man, dedicated to his family and who lived and died as a person of high moral standards who found his true calling in the Army, which drew on the same sense of discipline and achievement that made him such a dedicated football player. While in the Military he was awarded: Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Expert Weapons Qualication - Rie As a tribute to his life, at his familys request, a portion of 5th Avenue between 147th and 149th Street in Whitestone, New York was renamed to PFC James E. Prevete Avenue.

PFC. JAMES E. PREVETE WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR TONY AVELLA.

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KARL R. ROHDE
Karl R. Rohde is a highly decorated Vietnam combat veteran of the United States Army, a dedicated servant of his community, and a resident of Carmel, NY. He and his wife of 37 years, Irene, have two children, Dori and Karl W., twin grandsons, Andrew and Robert Rohde, and a granddaughter, Olivia Venezia. Karl holds two Masters degrees in American History and Secondary Education, is a Town Councilman for Kent, and is the Putnam County Historian. After 28 years, he retired from Local 1103 Communications Workers of America, where he worked as Union Job Steward. For his service to our nation, Karl has received the Silver Star, Combat Infantry Badge, M-16 Expert Rieman Award, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross. As a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), American Legion, AMvets, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Military Order of the Cootie, Americal Division Veterans Association, The 40 & 8, Vietnam Veterans of America, and Marine Corps League, Karl is among the most prominent and active veterans of the Hudson Valley. He is also the founding Chairman and present Vice Chairman of the Putnam County Joint Veterans Council, as well as the Chairman of the Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park Advisory Committee. In his capacity for the VFW, Karl currently serves as State Quartermaster. He has previously served as the New York State Commander, the Carmel VFW Commander, the Putnam County VFW Commander, the District #2 Commander, the State Legislative Chairman, and as a member of the National Legislative Committee. Karl has twice been honored by the VFW as All State Post Commander, twice as All State County Commander, and as All American State Commander. He is the publisher of the VFW Legislative e-newsletter. Additionally, Karl is the rst recipient of the American Gold Star Mothers Distinguished Service Medal, and a recipient of the 2006 Norman Vincent Peale Outstanding Service Award.

KARL R. ROHDE WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR GREG BALL.

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CHARLES A. EUSTIS
World War II Veteran, Charles A. Eustis, 88, was living in Pittsburgh, PA in November of 1942 when he was drafted. His rst active duty date was December 7, 1942. Charles, and three of his brothers served in Europe. He was in the Army Infantry and faced combat during his time there. Charles served in the 1st Battalion HQ Co 376 Infantry 94th Division. He trained in Camp Phillips, Kansas; Maneuvers in Tennessee, Camp McCain in Elliott, Mississippi; Camp Shanks in the Town of Orangetown, NY and then spent 13 months in the European Theater of Operations. He was discharged after 2 years and 11 months. Charles has received many awards both during and after combat, both from the United States and Foreign Countries including; the Expert Infantry Badge, Various re arm awards, Wheeled Vehicle License, Expert Infantry Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Medal, the Combat Infantry Award, European Theater of Operations with four Battle Stars: Normandy, Ardennes (Battle of the Bulge) Rhineland and Central Europe, the Ruhr Pocket; two bronze stars, a Victory Medal, a Service Medal from New York, a Medal for service with Valor from New York State; Occupation of Germany Medal, Award from the Province of Normandy, the Cold War Medal from Czechoslovakia and the French Legion of Honor, which was presented to him on Veterans Day 2011 at the French Embassy in New York City along with 21 other WWII Veterans. In civilian life, Charles was Managing Editor of Automotive Publications for the Hearst Corporation. He has faithfully served his community in various capacities; President of Cub Scout Pack 125, Ofcer in the First Presbyterian Church, little league baseball coach, President of the West Nyack Free Library and Ofcer in the Clarkstown Reformed Church. Since retiring, Charles resides in Delhi, NY where he has been active in several missions of the First Presbyterian Church. He is a member of the Delaware County Historical Association, The Legacy Group, and The American Legion Post 190; where he has held various appointed ofces and for the past ve years, has assisted teachers in the Elementary Department of Delaware Academy with students who need assistance learning to read.

CHARLES A. EUSTIS WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR JOHN BONACIC.

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COLONEL CHARLIE JOHNSON


Colonel Charlie Johnson was born and raised in a small rural town in Mississippi. He attended the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY and graduated in 1955. Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry, Colonel Johnson served 26 years in the US Army, retiring in 1981. During his Army career, his assignments were primarily in the troop leading positions, but also included two tours at his Alma Mater. First, he served in the West Point Physical Education Department, and later he returned to serve in the Intercollegiate Athletics Department. Colonel Johnson served three tours of duty in Vietnam as a Vietnamese Ranger Advisor, an Operations Ofcer in the Special Operations Group and as a Light Infantry Battalion Commander. His military education includes the Infantry Ofcers Basic and Advanced Courses, the Command and General Staff College, the Army War College, Airborne and Ranger Schools and the Pathnder Course. He has graduate degrees from Columbia University and Penn State University. Since arriving in the Capital District in 1999, Colonel Johnson has been active in community service. This includes the Troy Mayors Ethics Committee, Board of Trustees of Oakwood Cemetery, Habitat for Humanity and the NYS Governors Commission for State Veteran Cemeteries. He is a member of the Tri County Council Vietnam Era Veterans, American Legion Post 1610, VFW Post 8444, and Stratton VA Medical Center Volunteer DAV Van Driver. As the Endowment Chairman of the Tri County Council Vietnam Era Veterans, he has obtained an endowment of over $100,000 to fund scholarships for veterans at Hudson Valley, Schenectady, and Adirondack Community Colleges. He also obtained this for students at Russell Sage who are studying nursing, physical therapy, and occupational therapy. Colonel Johnson is the past Grand Marshall of the Albany Veterans Day Parade in 2008 and is this years Grand Marshall of the Memorial Day in Lansingburgh. Colonel Johnson is married to Trudy Hall, Head of Emma Willard School. He has three children, Sam, US Army Colonel, Joe, a resident at Baddour Memorial Center in Senatobia, MS, and Wendy a fabric designer in Providence, Rhode Island.

COLONEL CHARLIE JOHNSON WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR NEAL BRESLIN.

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HOWARD GOLDIN
Howard Goldin was born in Bridgeport, CT on September 5, 1947. The Goldin family moved to Rockland County, NY where Howard spent his childhood and attended Spring Valley High School. In 1967, he was drafted into the U.S. Army by Local Board 13, Nyack. Howard served as an Infantry Sergeant in Vietnam. During his distinguished service to the United States, he suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star, the Combat Infantry Badge Vietnam Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross for his actions and valor. Howard became Chief of Police for the Spring Valley Police Department. Throughout his exemplary career and subsequent retirement Chief Goldin has been involved with many veteran, civic and professional organizations, including the Vietnam Veterans of America, of which he is past President, the disabled American Veterans, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Jewish War Veterans, American Legion, 25th Infantry Division, Advisory Board Member for the NY & NJ Vietnam Memories: Stories Left at The Wall Project, Rockland County Chiefs of Police Association, the Rockland County Detectives Benevolent Association and he served as past Chair of the Rockland County Police Academy Zone 4 Training Council. Since 1990, Chief Goldin has been an involved and hard-working member of the Spring Valley Rotary, serving as their president from 1995-1996. He created and helped to fund an international DARE Project with the Jamaican Constabulary Force to benet youth in Kingston, Jamaica, WI. Former infantry Sergeant Howard Goldin makes his home in Airmont, NY with his wife Doris. He is the father of two and has one grand-daughter.

HOWARD GOLDIN WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR DAVID CARLUCCI.

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CHARLES J. MURPHY
Charles Murphy was born in Syracuse, New York, on April 10, 1949 and died on February 23, 2011. He grew up in North Syracuse, New York, and in 1967, he joined the U.S. Army. Sergeant Major Murphy served honorably in both the Vietnam and Desert Storm conicts and retired from the U.S. Army in 1991 as an Operations Sergeant Major after 24 years of service. During his distinguished career of military service to the United States, Sergeant Major Murphy was awarded two Purple Hearts, the Bronze Star, the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Conspicuous Service Star and the Conspicuous Service Cross for his actions and valor. Upon returning to Syracuse, he continued to dedicate his life to serving the public. He was a security chief at The Hotel Syracuse for many years, and then served for nine years as a legislative aide to Senator John A. DeFrancisco. In his role as legislative aide, he devoted his time to helping countless veterans, senior citizens and other constituents. Sergeant Major Murphy is survived by his daughter Dana Murphy of Germany; two grandsons, Joel and Lennard; sisters, Janet M. Franklin, Janice M. Smith and Patricia M. Herr; brothers, Daniel E. and Robert J. Murphy and several nieces and nephews.

CHARLES J. MURPHY WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR JOHN A DeFRANCISCO.

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PETE LEON
While in the military, Mr. Leon was awarded numerous medals for his service and achievements. During an overseas military exercise, Mr. Leon suffered burns over 76% of his body while risking his life to save the life of another soldier when a heater exploded in a tent. Doctors thought Mr. Leons military career was over. Though he was badly burned, his dedication to this great nation was stronger, and Mr. Leon returned stateside and went on to jump school at Ft. Benning, Georgia. After completing the rigorous training at Ft. Benning, Mr. Leon was off to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, home of the 82nd Airborne Division. After numerous years on two hour recall to be the rst to defend our ag and freedom, Mr. Leon left the military and became a teamster with the AFL-CIO and began working for Roadway Express. Mr. Leon worked a late shift so that he could volunteer his services to his community by being a volunteer interpreter in the hospitals and courtroom during the day and weekends. Mr. Leon attended the University of North Carolina and shortly thereafter began his career with UnitedHealthcare and returned to Bushwick. After nearly a decade of promoting health and wellness with UnitedHealthcare, he joined Amerigroup of New York as Director of Business Development, where he continues to provide real solutions in health care to all New Yorkers. Mr. Leon is on the board of the North Brooklyn YMCA. Every year, as Thanksgiving and the holidays approach, Mr. Leon participates in a food and coat drive, providing much needed assistance to those in need. Mr. Leon has been recognized by the United States Congress, the New York City Council, the Brooklyn borough president, and Paul J Cooper Center for Human Services for his commitment to community and promotion of health and wellness.

PETE LEON WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR MARTIN MALAVE DILAN.

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MARTIN TREAT
Martin Treat served as a Specialist in the Army Air Cavalry during the Vietnam War and received Service, Commendation and Air Medals for honorable and meritorious performance of his duty. His service to his country did not end after he returned home from Vietnam in 1970, as he has dedicated himself to his community both in his professional life and in his volunteer activities ever since. After receiving an MFA in Acting from the University of Oregon, Martin became both an actor, performing in countless theater, television and lm productions, and a theater arts teacher, working for decades in New York City high schools. Martin has also been extremely active in his Hells Kitchen neighborhood. Not only does he serve as a member of Manhattan Community Board 4, but he is also is an active member, along with his wife Kathleen, of the Hells Kitchen Neighborhood Association, and he is a co-founder of the Clinton/Hells Kitchen Coalition for Pedestrian Safety. For many years, Martin has been a tireless advocate for pedestrian safety in his neighborhood and the entire city. Martin was deeply affected by his service in Vietnam and has been a longtime member of Vietnam Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace. In 2003, he wrote a one-man show, which he has performed across the United States, based on the columns of renowned World War II war correspondent Ernie Pyle. Martin credited Pyles columns with rst instilling in him the idea that one should honor the warrior and not the war. Martin has consistently fought for the rights and needs of veterans as well as for peace and social and economic justice for all people. For his deep and abiding commitment and service to his country and his community, Martin Treat is exceptionally worthy of his place in the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame.

MARTIN TREAT NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR THOMAS K. DUANE.

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MERLIN GERMAN
Merlin German, a United States Marine Sergeant in Iraq, became a symbol of recovery throughout the world, soon known as the Miracle Marine, during the 17 months he spent hospitalized following a blast in 2005. Sergeant German eventually regained the ability to walk, and set up a charity for child burn victims. Sadly, just over three years after the blast, he died following a minor skin graft surgery. Sergeant German enlisted in the Marine Corps September 8, 2003 and received a meritorious promotion to Private First Class (PFC) out of boot camp. From there, he transferred to his rst permanent duty station, 5th Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division where he served as a Field Artillery Cannoneer. In September 2004, he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His unit became part of Weapons Platoon for convoy security. They were in charge with safely transporting prisoners and cargo. Sergeant German and his unit participated in over 150 successful missions and he was applauded for his keen ability to spot improvised explosive devices (IEDs). On February 21, 2005, Sergeant Germans life changed when, on a mission, he spotted an IED with no time to alert the driver. The blast blew Sergeant German of the vehicle, and his fellow Marines helped extinguish the ames that had already burned 97% of his total body surface area. His life was cut short in 2008 after surgery to graft skin onto his lip. Before passing away in 2008 from complications in a skin graft surgery, Sergeant German founded the Merlins Miracles charity organization, to help child burn victims. In his memory, the Wounded Warrior Regiment renamed its call-in help center at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico after Sergeant German on December 4, 2008.

MERLIN GERMAN WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR ADRIANO ESPAILLAT.

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JAMES A. WILSON
James A. Wilson, of Schenectady, enlisted in the U.S. Navy in December 1944. Four of his brothers served in the U.S. Army. He achieved the rank of Yeoman Second Class, was honorably discharged on July 14, 1949, and received the Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal and Navy Occupation Medal. Jim has dedicated himself to assisting fellow veterans, including serving for many years as Director of the Schenectady County Veterans Service Agency before his retirement. Jim has contributed his time to countless veteran organizations and causes. Since 1995, he has been Chairman of the V.A. National Cemetery Saratoga Support Committee. He has been a 35-year volunteer at the Samuel S. Stratton Medical Center and, for the past 30 years has coordinated the decoration of veterans graves at 31 cemeteries in Schenectady County. Jim served seven terms as President of the Schenectady County Council of Veterans Organizations, and has been honored as an All American VFW District Commander. He has been a member of numerous organizations, such as the New York State Veterans Advisory Committee, AMVETS, 369th Veterans Association, Non- Commissioned Ofcers Association, American Legion, Navy Memorial, USS Little Rock Association, Sampson Navy World War II Association and Polish American Vets. Jim has also been active in many other civic organizations, including the United Way, Red Cross blood donor, Ingersoll Home and the Rotterdam Elks, where he was the longtime Flag Day Chairman. Jim and his wife, Antoinette, are the proud parents of ve children, and have been blessed with 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

JAMES A. WILSON WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR HUGH FARLEY.

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WILLIAM BEATTY
Mr. William Beatty of Centereach served in the United States Army during the Korean War and is the honoree of Senator John J. Flanagan. His selection is based on the nomination from the administration of the Long Island State Veterans Home (LISVH) in Stony Brook. Mr. Beatty served as a Corporal in the 40th Infantry Division, 160th Infantry Regiment as part of the Regimental Combat Team and saw action in the Iron Triangle the area in Korea bounded by Chorwon, Kumhwa, and Pyonggang. Following his honorable service, Mr. Beatty dedicated himself to helping other veterans with an emphasis on those who call the Long Island State Veterans Home in Stony Brook their home. He has been a member of the LISVHs Veterans Advisory Board since 1999 and has been its chairman for the past eight years. For over fteen years, Mr. Beatty has been serving as the 2nd Vice President for Korean War Veterans, Central Long Island Chapter, and he has been an active member of the Advisory Board of the Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency for the past 20 years. Mr. Beattys most enduring legacy to the veterans of Long Island was in the creation, development and design of the Suffolk County Gold Star Memorial in Armed Forces Plaza in Hauppauge. This memorial serves as a lasting tribute to the families that have lost a loved one in service to our country. In addition to his work on behalf of fellow veterans, Mr. Beatty was a 25 year employee of the Long Island Rail Road and is a dedicated volunteer to St. Margaret of Scotland Church in Selden. Mr. Beatty is proud to share this honor with his wife of 56 years, Veronica.

WILLIAM BEATTY WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR JOHN FLANAGAN.

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BRIGADIER GENERAL GEORGE A. JONES


Brigadier General George A. Jones has spent nearly his entire life serving his country and community. His service began in 1939, at age 16, when he enlisted in the New York National Guard. He entered the regular Army in 1941, rose to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in 1942, and fought in both the European and Pacic Theatres during World War II. General Jones returned to the National Guard in 1946 but reentered active duty for the Korean War, commanding an artillery battery. He returned to the National Guard in 1952, where he served another 18 years before retiring as a Brigadier General. General Jones served outside the military as well. He was a 20 year member of the New York City Fire Department and the rst president of the Vulcan Society, the nations rst organization of AfricanAmerican reghters. He spent over 30 years working for Nassau County, promoting employment and entrepreneurial opportunities for minorities and individuals with disabilities. He recently concluded 18 years as Board Chairman of the Urban League of Long Island. A decorated veteran, General Jones earned the following awards: American Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic Pacic Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; EuropeanAfrican-Middle Eastern Theatre Medal with 2 stars; Japan Occupation Medal; Korean Service Medal with 2 brass stars; and U.N. Service Medal. He also wrote a book, The Character of Leadership which chronicles his combat experiences. General Jones and his wife, Eunice, reside in Roosevelt and are proud parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents.

BRIGADIER GENERAL GEORGE A. JONES WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR CHARLES J. FUSCHILLO, JR.

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CORPORAL MARK P. OBRIEN


Corporal Mark P. OBrien served two distinguished tours of duty as a United States Marine, the latter of which was during arguably the most dangerous period of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since returning to civilian life, Corporal OBriens actions and attitude off the battleeld continue to make his family, friends, community, country, and corps proud. Corporal OBrien rst joined the Marines in 2001. At that time, he was working towards a degree in criminal justice to possibly pursue a future career in law enforcement, like other members of his family. During his second tour in November of 2004, while conducting a weapons sweep through a city in Iraq that was geographically located within a particularly hostile area known as the Triangle, Corporal OBrien was struck by a rocket propelled grenade. The injuries sustained forced the amputation of one of his arms and one of his legs. After treatment abroad and at military hospitals stateside, Corporal OBrien returned home, where he married and started a family. He also began his new career as an emergency dispatcher for the Erie County Sheriffs Ofce, continuing to protect and serve the public. For his distinguished service to the United States, Corporal OBrien, has been awarded the Navy Achievement Medal, the Navy Accommodation Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, among other decorations. He and his wife Michelle live in Marilla, with their two young children, Jack and Nathan.

CORPORAL MARK P. OBRIEN WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR PAT GALLIVAN.

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GEORGE R. BROADHEAD
George R. Broadhead was born in Brooklyn in 1932. He and his family moved to Gerritsen Beach, from Park Slope, when he was six. In 1951, George enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps and served in the Korean War. As a Corporal, he was awarded the Silver Star Medal for his gallantry in action, as well as a Purple Heart Medal and additional awards. Retired on disability from the military, he re-started his college studies at St. Johns University in Brooklyn in 1956. As a student, he worked at Macys in their advertising department for four years. In 1960, he began in earnest a lifetime in publishing, starting as a newsletter editor for The McGraw-Hill Publishing Company in New York. From there he became a copywriter at Bear Advertising, which led to a move to the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. He returned to New York, and moved into advertising sales with Billboard Magazine Publications. In 1973, George married and moved to Faireld, Connecticut and started a family. At the time he was Director of Sales and Marketing for NY State Food Merchants Association, before joining Newhouse Newspapers in New York in 1984. In 1989 he was promoted to West Coast Manager for Newhouse Newspapers, in Beverly Hills, California. In 1999, George retired from Newhouse Newspapers and returned to Gerritsen Beach. A lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and the VFW, he was Post Commander of VFW Post 107 from 2005 until 2008, and Kings County Commander for two terms in 2007 and 2008. Currently George is President of the Gerrittsen Beach Property Owners Association, Inc.

GEORGE R. BROADHEAD WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR MARTIN GOLDEN.

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MICHAEL LEWANDOWSKI
Michael Lewandowski was born in Amherst on December 12, 1982. Michael spent his childhood in Cheektowaga and attended Kenmore West High School. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve in February 2003 after receiving his Associates Degree from Erie Community College in Buffalo. He was sent to boot camp in May 2003 in Parris Island, South Carolina for 13 weeks. After completing his rst year of studies at Hilbert College in Hamburg, he completed eight weeks of infantry school at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. He withdrew from the Fall 2004 school semester and traveled to southern California for infantry specialty school for two weeks and then traveled to North Carolina for Arabic Language Course for three weeks. His reserve unit was activated on January 3, 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He trained in southern California for two months before being deployed to Iraq in Al Anbar Providence for seven months. In October, he returned home and received an Honorable Discharge in December 2005. In May 2009 he received a tentative selection for a job with the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection as a customs ofcer. He went to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina in March 2010 for advanced Infantry training for two weeks. In May 2010 he volunteered to be activated in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. He trained in Camp Pendleton California for three months and then was deployed to Helmand Providence Afghanistan for seven months. He has received numerous awards for his military service, including a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, a Combat Action Ribbon and was twice selected for a Marine Corps Reserve Medal for good conduct. He also received a National Defense Medal, an Afghanistan Campaign Medal, an Iraqi Campaign Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. Two Sea Service Deployment Ribbons, two Armed Force Reserve Medals, a NATO Medal and three letters of appreciation. Michael is currently on active duty with the rank of sergeant until June 5, 2011. He is anticipating a Honorable Discharge later on this year. He makes his home in the City of Tonawanda.

MICHAEL LEWANDOWSKI WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR MARK GRISANTI.

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SERGEANT MAJOR JACKIE L. WILSON


Sergeant Major Jackie L. Wilson had a distinguished 24 year career in the United States Army Reserve. During his service, Mr. Jackson led his men on and off the battleeld. He served active duty in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm 1990-1991, and was also called to active duty for Freedom Iraq but was unable to be mobilized due to his health. Mr. Wilson was forced to retire due to medical reasons. During his illustrious service in the United States Army Reserve, Mr. Wilson received many awards and decorations including: the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Components Medal 1st OLC, National Defense Service Medal, South West Asia Service Medal, W/3 Bronze Service Stars, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon with Number 4 Device, and the Army Service Ribbon. Mr. Wilson is a pillar of his community of Laurelton, New York, and is known in the surrounding neighborhoods as someone who is always willing to help. He is the Jr. Vice Commander of Post 5298 VFW and works with the Post Youth Recreation Program. He also served as an Auxiliary Police Ofcer for the Laurelton community (105th Pct). For his community service Mr. Wilson has been recognized by local ofcials and many community organizations. He received the Man of the Year Award from the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women and the Youth Mentoring Award. He is truly a person of tremendous character, poise, and great generosity.

SERGEANT MAJOR JACKIE L. WILSON WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR SHIRLEY L. HUNTLEY.

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GENERAL JOHN T. DIGILIO, JR.


General Digilio grew up in Bay Shore, NY, graduating from Bay Shore High School, and earned BA and MBA degrees. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in 1967 from LaSalle Universitys artillery ROTC program, entered active duty in 1969 and served as Executive Ofcer and Detachment Commander, US Army Hospital, Sierra Army Depot, Herlong, CA. In 1970, he was transferred to the 95th Evacuation Hospital, DaNang, Republic of Viet Nam. Shortly after his return from Viet Nam, he joined the New York Army National Guard. He has held numerous command and staff positions including Commander, 244th Medical Group, a Contingency Force Pool unit under the 44th Medical Brigade (Airborne), XVIII Airborne Corps (Fort Bragg, NC). In July 1997, Digilio lead a team of military and civilian experts to Montevideo, Uruguay to train that countrys senior civilian and military personnel on the health aspects of natural and man-made disaster preparedness. General Digilio is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, the Command and General Staff College, and the National Security Management Program and the Reserve Component National Security Course of the National Defense University. Has been awarded over 24 decorations, including the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm, and the New York Army National Guard Conspicuous Service Medal. He is the rst member of the New York Army National Guard to be inducted into the Order of Military Medical Merit, U.S. Army Medical Department; the rst recipient of the Colonel Gouverneur Morris Citizen Soldier Award presented by the Adjutant General of the State of New York. In 1997, he received the prestigious Joel T. Boone Award presented by the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS). He was invested into the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (Knight Templars) and holds the dignity of Grand Croix (GCTJ) and is prior of the Priory of St. Patrick in the Hudson Valley. He is listed in Whos Who in America. He was the national commander of La Socit des Quarante Hommes et Huit Chevaux(Forty and Eight) in 2003; a past commander, Bay Shore American Legion Post #365, a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Military Order of the Cooties. General Digilio is married to the former Dianne Pilgrim, of Delhi, NY and they reside in Bay Shore, NY. In the civilian sector, Digilio is the administrator of the Bishop C.W. MacLean Nursing Home, Far Rockaway, NY. His numerous community activities include being a past chairman of the Board of Directors, Long Island Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation; a trustee of the Childrens Leukemia Research Association; and a past rst vice president of the Brightwaters Lions Club and the Bay Shore Lions Club.

GENERAL JOHN T. DIGILIO, JR. WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR OWEN H. JOHNSON.

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SANDRA JABLONSKI BOURQUE


Sandra Jablonski Bourque was born in Buffalo, New York. She graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2003 with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology. After working in the mental health eld, Sandra enlisted in the Army in August of 2006, and went to Fort Jackson, South Carolina for Basic Training. After completion of Basic Training, Sandra went to Fort Lee, Virginia for Advanced Individual Training where she was selected as the Distinguished Honor Graduate in her class. Following AIT, Sandra went to Fort Benning, Georgia for training as a paratrooper. She was one of 15 women in a class of 400 soldiers. After she earned her parachutist badge, Sandra went to Fort Bragg, North Carolina and served as a Specialist in the 82nd Airborne Division, 407th Brigade Support Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. Upon arrival at Fort Bragg, Sandras unit, Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), was deployed to Iraq. As soon as transport was available, Sandra went to Camp Taji in Iraq and was stationed there from June 2007- April 2008. Her Military Operations Specialty was supply, but she volunteered to go out on night missions with the Protective Service Detail Team to work on projects in Sadr City and to monitor insurgent activity. After returning to Fort Bragg from Iraq, Sandra was promoted to Sergeant and was then honorably discharged in September, 2009. She received the Good Conduct Medal, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with campaign star, the Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. Sandra is currently employed as a Management and Program Assistant with the federal governments Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Buffalo, New York. She volunteered as a mentor for the Veterans Treatment Court in Buffalo prior to being hired by the federal government. Sandra met her husband, Jason, while stationed in Iraq and they now reside in Depew, New York with their 2 year old son. Jason continues to serve in the Army Reserve.

SANDRA JABLONSKI BOURQUE WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR TIMOTHY M. KENNEDY.

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EUGENE BRYANT
Eugene Bryant has earned a place of distinction among the State of New Yorks Veterans in recognition of his meritorious military service and his tireless advocacy on behalf of his fellow veterans. Mr. Bryant served his nation admirably in two separate branches of The United States Military during the Vietnam War. He served the United States Army from 1959 - 1960 in Vietnam where he attained the rank of Corporal and then again in the United States Marine Corp from 1961 1964 in Vietnam attaining the rank of Sergeant and serving two tours. During his military service to our country he received the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with 2 O/S Bars and a Good Conduct Medal. Mr. Bryant, an active advocate for veterans issues, has diligently served veterans causes in many VFW capacities and committees including: National Deputy Chief of Staff, National Aide-De-Camp, Chairman of N.Y. State Homeless Vet, Vice Chairman of N.Y. State Membership, All State Post Commander, Commander of District Two, All State County Commander, Westchester County Chaplain and Quartermaster, Advisory Committee Chairman of Westchester County, a Member of the Legislative Committee and Chairman of the Agent Orange Committee. Currently, he is the Post Commander of the Aaron A. Lewis #6396 VFW in Mount Vernon. In addition to his VFW interests, Mr. Bryant also serves as the President of the Huguenot Lions Club of New Rochelle, a member of the New Rochelle Waterfront Advisory Committee and Coach New Rochelle Youth Tackle League. In addition to his many civic and VFW interests Eugene enjoys many hobbies and spending time with his wife of 50 years, Nannie Bryant, his children and grandchildren. Commander Bryant is so dedicated to serving his fellow veterans that he is lovingly known to his family as the veterans veteran.

EUGENE BRYANT WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR JEFFREY KLEIN.

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JORDAN CZERNIAWSKI
Jordan Czerniawski, February 12, 1931 December 10, 2010 A dedicated veterans advocate and loving family man. Jordan Czerniawski was proud to be an American and was proud to have gotten the chance to ght for his country. Drafted in December 1951, just a year after marrying his neighborhood sweetheart, Phyllis, Czerniawski entered the Army on January 10, 1952 and headed to Fort Dix for training. He remained in Fort Dix eight months, longer than expected after being slowed by a hernia operation, necessitated by lugging around 100-plus pound sacks of potatoes. Czerniawski shipped out to Korea in September 1952 to join the Korean War. Overseas, Czerniawski was promoted to platoon sergeant of the 223rd Infantry Regiment of the 40th Division and it became his job to keep his troop of 20 men physically t, up to date on their weapons and familiar with security practices like listening posts and patrols. Czerniawski was discharged as a sergeant on October 23, 1953. Czerniawski was commander of Blazing Star Post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Travis, and a former chaplain and rst vice president of Cpl. Allan F. Kivlehan Chapter, Korean War Veterans of America. Always proud to march in parades on Staten Island, he thought it was important to let people know that veterans are still around. Mr. Czerniawskis service was rewarded with a half dozen medals. He received the United Nations Service Medal, The National Defense Medal, the New York State Medal, the Korean War Veteran Ambassador for Peace Medal and the Combat Infantrymans Badge, of which he was most proud. In June of 2000, Czerniawski was honored with a medal from the Korean Ambassador during a ceremony at the Korean War Veteran Memorial in Manhattans Battery Park. Czerniawski met his wife, Phyllis, when they were both just 14 years old in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. They married at 20 and were together for almost 60 years. Phyllis was always the wind beneath his wings. Together they have three daughters. Czerniawski loved his daughters, Nancy, Vanessa and Stacey with all his heart and had a very special and unique bond with each one of them. His love for his four grandchildren, Jillien, Jordan, Joseph and Dylan was immeasurable. They brought great joy to his life. He was loved much and is missed more so.

JORDAN CZERNIAWSKI WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR ANDREW LANZA.

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WILLIAM O. STRATIS
William O. Stratis was born on May 25, 1926 in Newburgh, New York. After growing up and attending school in Newburgh, he graduated from Newburgh Free Academy in June of 1944 with honors. In August of 1944 he reentered military service and took Infantry Basic Training at Camp Croft in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Mr. Stratis saw combat in Europe, France, Belgium and Germany. He was captured and taken Prisoner of War while in Germany and was held for over two months at Stalag 6A in Hemer Germany near Dortmund. Mr. Stratis was wounded twice and received the Purple Heart for his injuries. He was also awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and Bronze Star for his actions. He returned to the United States to train recruits and then went on to Fort Knox to serve in a eld demonstration unit for visiting VIPs. He served two years of active duty in the Army and attained the rank of Sergeant before his discharge. Taking advantage of the GI bill, he attended Rider University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He consistently made the Deans List and owing to his hard work, completed his four year degree in three years. After college, Ms. Stratis went to work for Chester Cable and then for IBM for 34 years. After taking advantage of early retirement, he became a Financial Planner, became a member of the American ExPrisoners of War and studied to become a Certied National Service Ofcer. Mr. Stratis selessly gives of his time volunteering ve days a week at Castle Point Veterans Hospital, helping process claims for veterans and their spouses. Every year, over 4 million dollars goes to the families he has assisted through his volunteer work at Castle Point. Mr. Stratis makes his home in New Windsor, New York and has been married to his wife, Joyce, for 54 years. They have four daughters and seven grandchildren.

WILLIAM O. STRATIS WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR WILLIAM J. LARKIN, JR..

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EUGENE G. SMITH
Bronx born Eugene (Gene) G. Smith was sent to Vietnam in November 1968 as a member of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry whose mission was to nd, x, and destroy the enemy through re and maneuver; and to provide combat, combat support and combat service support in coordinated operations as an integral member of a combined arms team. Gene graduated from Farmingdale College in 1967, worked briey for Dorne & Margolin Aviation designing antennas for war-bound Bell Helicopters and shortly thereafter, in 1968, he was drafted and sent to Fort Jackson, South Carolina for basic training. Basic was followed by stints at Fort Polk, Louisiana and Fort Benning, Georgia for advanced training. Gene left training with a rank of corporal E-4. For his service, Eugene G. Smith was awarded 3 Purple Hearts, Combat Infantry Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Combat Medal, Air Medals and Bronze Star. Gene completed service in 1969 as Staff Sergeant E-6 and went back to college. He received a degree from Stony Brook University and later started Genes Four Seasons Landscaping and Nursery Inc. in Yaphank, New York. He also began Riverview Marine Service in Catskill, New York. Gene, a staunch advocate for veterans, now runs a not-for-prot organization to help veterans nd housing and to live independently. Gene and his wife, Pat, recently sold 100 acres of land in the core Pine Barrens region of Long Island to New York State so that it could be forever preserved. Generous, thoughtful, and lled with compassion, Gene plans on using the proceeds to help veterans.

EUGENE G. SMITH WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR KENNETH LA VALLE.

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JOHN CZUHANICH
John Czuhanich is a WWII veteran who has displayed incredible devotion to both his country and his fellow service men and women. John, a native of Endicott, New York, enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1943 and attended Marine Corps Basic Training at Parris Island, SC. He went on to ght overseas as an infantryman in the 2nd Marine Division. After arriving, John was promoted to the rank of Corporal and participated in the Battle of Saipan, for which he received the Purple Heart, and later the Battle of Tinian. Following the war, John continued to demonstrate dedication to his fellow military men and women who had served during WWII. As one of the original organizers of the Marine Corps League (MCL) in Broome County, John has been a motivating force behind recent efforts to honor deceased veterans at their funerals in and around Broome County. Since its establishment, the Marine Corps League has honored deceased veterans at nearly 3,000 of their funerals and sometimes perform as many as ve funerals in one day. John has been quoted as saying that the Broome County Marine Corps League is second to none. As director of the Marine Corps League for the past six years, John has worked tirelessly coordinating with funeral directors, contacting the MCL members, cleaning and repairing ries, and making sure that every veteran whose family requested their services received honors at the grave site. When asked why he and the MCL honor veterans as honor guards at their funerals, John responded, They deserve it.

JOHN CZUHANICH WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR THOMAS LIBOUS.

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HAROLD G. CRONIN
Justice Harold Harry G. Cronin is a World War II and Korean War Veteran who continues to serve our nation as a member of the Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Veterans Ceremony Honor Guard. Harry Cronin enlisted in the U.S. Navy in September 1943, one week after his seventeenth birthday. In June 1944, he was assigned to the newly commissioned USS LCI(L) Class Landing Craft (large), which participated in the Asiatic-Pacic theater campaign. Harry served aboard for nearly three years as RM 2/C Radioman 2nd Class Petty Ofcer and was awarded the Asian-Pacic Campaign Medal with 3 bronze stars, Philippine Liberation Medal, Philippine Defense Medal, Philippine Independence Medal and Philippine Presidential Medal. Following the end of World War II, Harry was part of a team that destroyed water mines in the Leyte Gulf. For his service in the Korean War, Harry was awarded the Korean Conict Medal and United Nations Medal. Prior to enlisting in the Navy, Harry was an Air Raid Warden for the City of Albany in 1942 and 1943. Returning home after Korea, Harry managed 110 A&P stores for two years and then opened two restaurants. Harry also was employed by the State of New York for 32 years as a law examiner. In 1976, Harry was elected Town Justice in the Town of Lake Luzerne. In 1985, he was selected Magistrate of the Year by the New York State Magistrates Association. Harry also served the town of Lake Luzerne as Deputy Supervisor. Harry has long been active in veterans affairs and served as Deputy of the New York State American Legion Legislative Committee. For the past 13 years, he has been a member of the Saratoga National Cemetery Honor Guard, ensuring that every veteran interred at the cemetery receives a proper military burial service.

HAROLD G. CRONIN WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR ELIZABETH O C. LITTLE.

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RICHARD EVERS
Richard Dick Evers was a member of the United States Marine Corp serving during World War II. Mr. Evers joined the Charles Wagner American Legion Post 421 in 1948, and remained an active member and ofcer until his death. Serving as Americanism Chairman for the American Legion Post, he was responsible for the Memorial Day Parade, the Veterans Day Services, and the placing of Flags on Broadway on the 4th of July. If any program had a patriotic avor Mr. Evers was involved. Throughout his career, Mr. Evers received many awards and recognition from National, State, County, and Local organizations, as well as the American Legion Posts highest award, the Gold Card Life Membership. When speaking of Mr. Evers, all who knew him would agree that the one title that best described him was Mr. Hicksville. As a longtime volunteer archivist at the librarys Richard E. Evers Local History Room, Mr. Evers organized the annual Hicksville Library Memorial Month display, a grand tribute to local war heroes in the library lobby. In addition, a street in Hicksville was named after him. A true community man, Mr. Evers was also a member of the Joseph Barry Knights of Columbus and the Catholic War Veterans Post 1946. Along with his wife, Anne, Mr. Evers combined his talents of research and writing to produce several books and articles. He was a teacher for 28 years and hundreds of students learned their history from him. He was a historian and took great pride in lecturing about Hicksville and Long Island. When Mr. Evers passed away, the Hicksville community lost a very ne member and friend. Living a long and rewarding life, Mr. Evers had a profound effect on all those he met.

RICHARD EVERS WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR CARL MARCELLINO.

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JOHN S. DAVANZO
On June 8, 1944, during the invasion of Normandy, the U.S.S. Glennon, a Gleaves-class destroyer, struck a mine off Normandy and was eventually sunk by shore batteries. Among the survivors was John S. Davanzo. John returned to his hometown of Mineola after his service in World War II. Those who came to know him over the years marvel at his involvement in his community and the care and compassion he shows for others. Living each day as though it is a gift, Johns love of life and his kind and generous spirit has had a profound impact on numerous organizations and fellow citizens over the years. John has dedicated his time to numerous organizations such as the Mineola Volunteer Fire Department, Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis and Rotary among others, as well as to the veterans organizations in his hometown - the Veterans of Foreign Wars Private Adolph Block Post #1305 and the American Legion Mineola Memorial Post #349. John has even found time to volunteer at St. Francis Hospital and at Mineola Village Hall. In his professional life, John served in government as the Deputy Mayor of Mineola as well as Town of North Hempstead Councilman and also Town of North Hempstead Clerk. John answered the call when his country needed him the most, serving in the United States Navy. He never takes a moment for granted. For John, each day is an opportunity to help someone and his community.

JOHN S. DAVANZO WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR JACK M. MARTINS.

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FIRST LIEUTENANT MARGARET GILL


After growing up in North Tonawanda and earning a nursing degree in Buffalo, Margaret Gill enlisted in the US Army in May 1941. In the immediate aftermath of the Allied invasion on D-Day, Margaret and her fellow nurses established a eld hospital in Normandy for General Pattons Third Army and operated there for several months. On Christmas morning, the hospital was moved to Bastogne where it was under constant enemy re. The camp had only three walls and no roof, but continued to treat wounded soldiers in the cold and in the snow. Margaret later was assigned to the 60th Division and treated victims of the infamous Dachau concentration camp upon its liberation. Margaret saw two additional actions before she was sent to Panama to work in a eld hospital. Promoted to First Lieutenant, she was awarded the Bronze Star for her heroic work in Bastogne and ve battle stars for being part of the storming of Normandy and the liberation of Dachau. After the war, Margaret continued to work as a nurse for several decades in Long Island where she raised a family. Margaret Gill was the rst woman in New York State to be awarded the Bronze Star Medal for bravery under enemy re, and she is honored on the Women In Military Service For America Memorial in Washington, DC. Margaret died in 1978.

FIRST LIEUTENANT MARGARET GILL WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR GEORGE D. MAZIARZ.

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LT. COL CLARENCE DART


Organization: Squadron F 318th Army Air Force Base Unit As a member of the famed World War II Tuskegee Airmen, Clarence Dart not only fought valiantly for his country oversees, he fought racism at home. Named after their training site in Alabama, the Tuskegee Airmen were the rst African Americans to y as ghter-pilots in the United States military. As Dart recalls, Someone in the War Department believed that the cranial capacity of blacks wouldnt let them y. We proved them wrong! Indeed, they did: the Tuskegee Airmen did not lose a single escorted bomber to the Germans. Their heroism during World War II was a key reason why President Truman desegregated the armed forces soon after the end of the war. Darts early missions were in support of General Mark W. Clarks 5th Army as they drove to Rome. Dart was constantly ying dive bombing and strang missions and was shot down twice. After Gen. Clark liberated Rome, the Tuskegee Airmen switched roles and became bomber escorts. In all, Dart ew 95 missions: 45 missions for the 12th Air Force in P-40s, and 50 for the 15th Air Force in P-51s. For his bravery, Dart was awarded ve Distinguished Flying Crosses, an Air Medal, a Victory Medal, and the WWII Victory Medal. After the war, Dart ended up back in Tuskegee, AL, training pilots, and then went to school in Oakland, CA, to study aeronautics. A native of Elmira, Dart settled in Saratoga Springs and worked for General Electric Company until his retirement. Married for 61 years to Mildred Dart, he is the father of seven daughters and two sons. As a Tuskegee Airmen, Dart ascended to the rank of Captain. When he returned to New York after the war, Dart continued his service as a reservist with the New York Air National Guard and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.

LT. COL CLARENCE DART WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR ROY J. MC DONALD.

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JOHN BARWINCZOK
John Barwinczoks distinguished ve year Navy career included being a member of the Under Water Demolition Team 2, the precursor to the Navy Seals. John also served as Post Master for the 6th Fleet in Europe as well as serving a year on a destroyer. Just prior to his discharge, he and his fellow servicemen received greetings from President Truman, cancelling all discharges because of the Korean War and thus extending Johns service for another year. Upon his discharge, John worked at General Electric as a test technician. After a short time he left GE to work for the Department of Defense, to complete his high school education and enroll in college. During his 35 year career with the Federal Government, he served in many capacities from inspector to Quality Manager for the Syracuse and New York areas. John retired in 1987 but his hard work ethic led to the formation of his own company, JB Quality Consulting, which he ran for nearly 15 years. Always trying to help veterans in his community, John is the founder of the Korean War Veterans Association chapter in Cayuga County where membership has grown from 12 to 82 people in only two and a half years. The chapter raised more than $43,000 for a Korean War monument to honor Cayuga County veterans of the Korean War. The monument was dedicated on July 30, 2006, and is a part of the Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Auburn, New York. John and his wife Ginny reside in Auburn, New York, where they have been lifelong residents and active members of the community.

JOHN BARWINCZOK WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR MICHAEL F. NOZZOLIO.

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PHILIP C. SMITH
Philip C. Smith was drafted into service in the United States Army 1951, attending leadership school at Fort Dix, and OCS and jump training at Fort Benning, returning to Fort Dix with his new bride upon completion. He was then off to Korea as 2nd Lt. with Company G 15th regiment in the 3rd infantry from January to July of 1953. Phil was a diligent and courageous soldier and proved that in battle. He participated in the weeklong battle for Outpost Harry and was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and the Silver Star for Valor in the successful defense of the Outpost. Upon his return from Korea, he served in the Army Reserves for several years, reaching the rank of Captain. He probably would have made the Army his career but duty of another kind called him home to serve with his father in the family business, Smiths IGA. For 38 years Phil and his wife Judy successfully ran the business until it was destroyed by re in 1991. In addition to running the family business, Phil served on the Odessa-Montour School Board, was elected to the Schuyler County Legislature, serving 23 years with seven as chairman. He has remained active in the VFW, American Legion and AM Vets. In 1995, Governor George Pataki awarded Phil the NYS Conspicuous Service Award. Since 1997, Phil has served as director of Veteran Services in Schuyler County, connecting veterans with the services available to them. He volunteers his time to drive vets to appointments and willingly shares his wisdom and compassion to help those who served their country. Philip C. Smith proudly dedicated his life to family, community and country. This is clearly evidenced in all that he has done and for these reasons he is recognized and worthy of the NYS Veterans Hall of Fame.
PHILIP C. SMITH WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR THOMAS F. OMARA.

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SERGEANT WILLIAM CAPODANNO


Sergeant William Bill Capodanno is a World War II, U.S. Army combat veteran who served in the Pacic Theater from January 1941 to January 1946. He is the recipient of the American Defense Service Medal, the Asiatic-Pacic Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Bill has been an active member of the VFW for 65 years, and a resident of Larchmont since 1952. He owned and operated a local roong business, Village Roong, in the community for many years. Bill served as the commander of VFW Post 1156 for 15 out of the more than 50 years that he has been a member of that post, and has held various other ofces in VFW Post 1156 for many years. He also held numerous VFW County and NYS positions over the last 65 years. Bill is a beloved gure in the Village of Larchmont and throughout Westchester, who has distinguished himself in service to both veterans and his community. He has participated in countless Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies, and conducted innumerable Memorial Day cemetery visitations. He has also reached beyond the Sound Shore community. Under Bills leadership, VFW Post 1156 has hosted both a holiday party in December and a picnic in August for veterans from the Montrose VA Hospital for 58 consecutive years. Bill was also an active member of the Town of Mamaroneck Fire Department for over 40 years.

SERGEANT BILL CAPODANNO WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR SUZI OPPENHEIMER.

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GLYGER G. BEACH
Glyger G. Beach is a man of many achievements both in his military service and in his community who believes in not only serving ones country, but God and family. Upon completion of training courses, Mr. Beach was deployed to Iraq where he was assigned as Chaplain of the 301st Area Support Group. He had a total of sixty-ve personnel working with him to provide area religious support to an entire population of 40,000. For his military service, Mr. Beach received numerous awards including: the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and many others. Now listed as one of many soldiers wounded in action, Mr. Beach dedicates his time to helping his community and not only loving his friends and family, but using his vast experience to teach them to follow a holistic and spiritual path in life. When his children were concerned he could be killed in Iraq, he responded by proudly saying, When I go and if I die, tell anyone and everyone that I willingly gave my life in service to God and the USA. Mr. Beach is truly a person who loves his family and nation. His pride and faith is deserving of this recognition.

GLYGER G. BEACH WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR KEVIN S. PARKER.

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ANTHONY CAMINITI
In 1942, Anthony Caminiti was drafted into the Army at the age of 30. He served three years as a Technical Sergeant in Europe within the 42nd Infantry Rainbow Division. His division liberated the Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany and freed 32,000 starving prisoners. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star and the conspicuous Service Cross. Upon his arrival from the war, Anthony Caminiti continued in the business sector as a partner in two thriving businesses. One, a moving business that he operated along the east coast. The second, as president and partner of Central Queens Furniture, the largest store of its kind in the borough. In 1970, Anthony Caminitis community involvement led to his appointment as Chair of the Corona Task Force. In that capacity, he served well by incorporating new ideas and providing numerous presentations to the local community board. This work led to a permanent appointment at Community Board 4, where through much effort and dedication he eventually worked his way up as chair of the prestigious Parks and Recreation Committee. In addition, Mr. Caminiti is the past president of the Northside Democratic Association; Director of the Joseph Lisa Hall; and continues to be an active member in the Order of the Sons of Italy, the Corona Lions Club, St. Leos Holy Name Society, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars at Flanders Field Post 150 in Corona. Anthony Caminiti has been a life-long resident of Corona, Queens, for all of his 99 years of life. His wife passed away a few years ago and he has three daughters. He has dedicated his life to his family and his community. He often jokes, I dont have much time for hobbies, Im involved in a lot already. I began working from an early age and Ive been comfortable living this way.

ANTHONY CAMINITI WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR JOSE PERALTA.

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RONALD J. PILOZZI
Ronald J. Pilozzi served as a Commissioned Second Lieutenant in the United States Army from 1970 to 1972. During that time, Ron served as an Artillery Ofcer with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam and then as an Executive Ofcer of the 81st Artillery in West Germany. For his service and dedication to his country, Ron received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with V Device, Vietnam Campaign Metal with V Device, Air Metal, National Defense Service Metal and Vietnam Service Metal awards. Rons gallantry in the U.S. Armed Forces is complemented by his service to his community. As the President of the Town of Tonawanda Development Corporation, Ron helped to establish a Childcare Consortium and worked with the State Department of Environmental Conservation and City of Tonawanda to demolish and remediate the Spaulding Fibre site. Additionally, Ron was elected to four consecutive terms as 3rd Ward Councilmember for the City of Tonawanda and currently serves as the Mayor for the city, a post he has held since 2006. Ron retired as a member of management at the Tonawanda General Motors Engine Plant, holding positions in Quality Control, Industrial Engineering and Personnel Departments for over 30 years. He and his wife, Christine, live in the city of Tonawanda.

RONALD J. PILOZZI WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR MICHAEL H. RAZENHOFER.

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BATTLE OF THE BULGE VETERANS


Oswego County Battle of the Bulge Veterans The Oswego County Battle of the Bulge Veterans helped beat back Hitlers Ardennes Offensive during the winter of 1944-45. By all accounts, the war in Western Europe was winding down when the Nazis mounted a surprise gambit along the Belgian frontier that Winston Churchill called, undoubtedly the greatest American battle of the war and its bloodiest, with 89,500 casualties. Brothers in combat, the Oswego County Battle of the Bulge Veterans have remained a force over decades of service to their communities. Members continue to meet regularly and, in addition to their individual success in business, industry, education, government and professional baseball, band together to perform educational services for their neighbors and friends, sharing their stories and military traditions with new generations. The Oswego County Battle of the Bulge Veterans is among the largest gathering of soldiers from a single engagement in the nation. Members include:

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SSgt. John M. Canale, Chairman Pvt. Harold Blake SSgt. Matt Bush* Don Buske PO2 Fred Crisafulli Don Cronan* Carl Dickinson* Cpl. Bill Hogan Don Kitts* W.O.J.G Len Lambert Pfc. Bill Leighton Sgt. Fred Lockwood Pfc. Len Maniccia Tec5 Alfred Myhill Pfc. Bob Ochsenbern SSgt. Phil Pecora Sfc. Charles Phallen Carmen Santore* Charles Scaglione* Justin Baum (Afghanistan) QM2 Alex Beattle (Korea) Sgt. Myles Becky (Vietnam) Tom Halpin (Korea) * deceased

Their sacrice, patriotism, service and dedication to community and country have earned them a place in the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.

BATTLE OF THE BULGE VETERANS WERE NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR PATTY RITCHIE.

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SERGEANT KEN MOORE


Ken Moore has spent his life dedicated to protecting and honoring our military personnel. Ken was born and raised in Rochester, NY. After graduating from high school, he worked for the City of Rochester and the Eastman Kodak Company before being drafted for duty in the US Army in November of 1965. After basic training at Fort Dix and Fort Benning, he was deployed to the Republic of South Vietnam with D Troop 17th Cavalry. He returned to the United States in November of 1967. In the mid 1970s, he became involved with the local families of the POW/MIAs from the Vietnam War and spent some 10 years working to create awareness on the issue. In 1985, he became a member of Vietnam Veterans of America (Chapter 20) and has served proudly ever since. During his tenure with the VVA, he served as Board Member, Vice President, Secretary and President (an ofce he has held for the past 12 years). He also served in the Army reserves form from 1980 to 1985, retiring with the rank of Sergeant First Class. In 1999, he was National Vice President of Veterans Aimed Toward Awareness. In this position, he toured the country giving lectures on veterans health and benets. In that time, he teamed up with Heather French, Miss America 2000, whose platform was veterans health. Over the past 11 years, they have worked together on an awareness campaign focusing on veterans issues. Today, he serves on the Monroe County Veterans Advisory Committee, 26th Congressional Advisory Committee, Greater Rochester Vietnam Veterans Memorial Committee, and lead mentor of the 7th Judicial District Veterans Court. Ken is married to Sandra Dee, and they have two adult boys, Todd and Mark.

KEN MOORE WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR JOSEPH E. ROBACH.

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MICHAEL BURKE
Michael Burke was born on September 4, 1949. After graduating from Wyandanch Memorial High School in 1968, he worked for Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City, until he was drafted into the United States Army in April 1969. During his time with the Army, Michael was sent to Vietnam in October of 1969. While on tour, he was wounded twice. His rst injury occurred in Vietnam and he returned to duty being injured again in Cambodia on May 8, 1970 which ended his tour. After sustaining signicant injuries in Cambodia, Michael spent one week in a hospital in Vietnam and was transferred to a hospital in Japan for a month. His nal recuperative stay was a six month period at the Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, DC. He received two Purple Hearts, a Bronze Star with v device, an Army Commendation Medal with v device for heroism, a Vietnamese Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Conspicuous Service Star, Combat Infantry Badge and the National Defense Service Medal. Upon his retirement from the Army, Michael returned to Wyandanch and married his wife, Juana, on October 13, 1973. While attending Marist College, he and his wife raised their ve children, Jayne, Michelle, Melissa, Michael Jr., and Marland Burke. Michael went on to have a successful career at IBM, and retired after 24 years. Michael Burke has held numerous prestigious positions for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He currently serves as Post Commander for the VFW Valil Wolff/McKenna Frye Post 170 in Poughkeepsie, NY and District Commander for District 2. Michael and his wife reside in Poughkeepsie, New York.

MICHAEL BURKE WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR STEPHEN M. SALAND.

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DEPUTY INSPECTOR COREY PEGUES


Deputy Inspector Corey Pegues was born and raised in Queens, New York. He attended and graduated from Andrew Jackson High School in 1968. Immediately after High School graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. While in the military he was assigned as a Medical Specialist where he attended training at Ft. Sam Huston, which is located in Houston, TX. Upon completion of his medical training he was assigned to a Calvary Unit in Ft. Drum, New York, until the end of his enlistment in March 2001. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he enlisted in the New York State National Guard where he spent the next 14 years of his military career. Subsequent to his discharge from the Army, D.I. Pegues entered the New York City Police Academy on January 13, 1992. Upon graduation from the academy, he was assigned to the 114th Precint which is located in Astoria, Queens where he was assigned as a Patrol Ofce and as a member of the Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit. In 1998, Captain Pegues was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and was assigned to the 81st Precinct which is located in Brooklyn, NY. While at the 81st Precinct he was assigned as a Patrol Supervisor and as the Precinct Training Sergeant. He was then promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2002, and assigned to Transit District # 30 which is located at Hoyt & Schemerhorn station. While there he was assigned as a Platoon Commander. Six months later, he was transferred to the 28th Precinct located in Harlem. D.I. Pegues held various positions while assigned at the 28th Precinct such as Lieutenant Platoon Commander, Special Operations Lieutenant and Administrative Lieutenant. On December 23, 2006, Captain Pegues was promoted to the rank of Captain and was assigned to the 75th Precinct in Brooklyn, as an Executive Ofcer. After only 11 months he was transferred to P.S.A. #2 where he was assigned as the Commanding Ofcer. In May 2008, he was promoted to his current rank of Deputy Inspector and on June 30th of that year, he was assigned to his current position as the Commanding Ofcer of the 067th Precinct. D.I. Pegues has a Bachelor of Science from Saint Josephs College in Organizational Management and a Master of Professional Studies from Saint Johns University in Criminal Justice Leadership. He also just completed a one year Executive Leadership Development Program at Columbia University Business School. In addition, for the past 5 years, he has been an adjunct professor at Monroe Community College, where he teaches in the Criminal Justice Department. D.I. Pegues is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (N.O.B.L.E.) where he is currently the president and a founding member of the Long Island chapter. He is also on the board of directors for Criminal Justice Outreach Tours as well as the Pleasant Avenue Daycare Center. D.I. Pegues is married to Brendale Pegues.

DEPUTY INSPECTOR COREY PEGUES WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR JOHN L. SAMPSON.

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JOHN P. NOWHITNEY
John P. Nowhitney, Oneonta, served in the United States Navy during World War II. Nowhitney saw service with the famed Task Force 58, and spent a great deal of his service time on board the aircraft carrier U.S.S Bealleau Wood in the Pacic Theater of Operations. Nowhitneys acts of heroism and bravery were many and he was duly recognized and decorated for such deeds. Among the honors bestowed on Nowhitney, a presidential citation which reads in part: For extraordinary heroism in action against Japanese forces in the air, ashore and aoat, spearheading the concentrated carrier-warfare in forward areas, the Belleau Wood struck crushing blows toward annihilating Japanese ghting power; provided air cover for amphibious forces and inicted terric losses on the Japanese eet and merchant units. Nowhitney also recalls one particularly harrowing incident aboard the Belleau Wood: October 1944- we were in a battle with the Japanese eet. Our strike force was returning. Results were good. One of our TBFs landed and taxied to the starboard side in front of the bridge. The pilot was given the signal to cut his engine and open his bomb bay. When he did out dropped a 500 pound bomb. I was the rst to reach the bomb. With my bare hands, I unscrewed the detonator and heard Captain Prides order, Throw it over the side. I did. If it had gone off, I would probably not be here and possibly the bridge and others would have been wiped out. It is heroic events like this that resulted in Nowhitney being awarded honors including World War II Victory Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacic Campaign Medal with one silver star and four bronze stars, Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, Combat Action Ribbon, and Philippine Liberation Medal with two stars. JOHN P. NOWHITNEY WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR JAMES L. SEWARD.

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COLONEL JOHN F. BARRY


Colonel Barry of Rockville Centre has an exemplary military record and has demonstrated a true and unwavering commitment to his country. Commissioned through the Reserve Training Corps at St. Bonaventure University in 1968, Colonel Barry is a graduate of the Field Artillery Ofcer Basic Course, the Field Artillery and Transportation Ofcer Advanced Course and the United States Naval Transportation Management School as well as the Command and General Staff College. Colonel Barry proudly served his country in the First Cavalry Division in Vietnam where he served as Forward Observer, Executive Ofcer and Battery Commander of A Battery, 1st Battalion, 21st Artillery. As a member of the New York Army National Guard he served as Battery Commander; Commander, B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 104th Field Artillery. As an Army Reservist his duties included Assistant Inspector General, Headquarters, 77th United States Army Command; Chief, Internal Review, 77th United States Army Command; Battalion Commander, 354th Transportation Battalion and the Army Emergency Preparedness Liaison Ofcer for the State of Rhode Island. Colonel Barry has been awarded numerous commendations and is the proud recipient of the Legion of Merit, Combat Infantry Range, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, National Defense Service Medal with Service Star Vietnam Service Medal, with two Service Stars. Additionally, he received an Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Campaign medal, Valorous Unit Citation, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm and Vietnam Civil Action Medal. Colonel Barry retired from active service in 2000 and remains an active member of the American Legion, Association of the United States Army and Reserve Ofcers Association.

COLONEL JOHN F. BARRY WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR DEAN G. SKELOS.

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MAJOR SHARON SWEETING-LINDSEY


Major Sharon Sweeting-Lindsey retired from the United States Army Reserve, after having served 26 years. During her tenure in the military, she was stationed at Fort Totten and Fort Hamilton, where her military occupation skill was that of a Food Service Specialist and Food Service Ofcer. Major Sweeting-Lindsey is a Magnum Cum Laude graduate from Brooklyn College, where she obtained a Bachelors of Arts Degree, a Masters of Education Degree and an Advance Certicate Degree in Supervision and Administration. She also possesses numerous licensures as a NYC Certied Food Service instructor, Principal and School District Administrator. In her civilian professional life, Major Sweeting-Lindsey taught at the New York City Board of Education, administered a state-wide food and nutrition program for the State Education Department and was the Deputy Executive Director of Operations for the Nutritional Services Division of the New York City Department of Correction. She is an adjunct professor at LaGuardia Community College where she has taught for the last 29 years. In addition to her educational career, Major Sweeting-Lindsey is a registered, certied and licensed dietitian in New York and Texas. Because of her love of health and nutrition, she founded Taurus Associates Inc., a nutritional food service provider and consultant agency. After her civilian retirement, Major SweetingLindsey became a consultant for Queens Village Committee for Mental Health Inc. and founded the J-Cap Veterans Program. To give back, Major Sweeting-Lindsey co-founded the annual Allen A.M.E. Veteran Sunday ecumenical celebration and acknowledgement of Veterans in southeast Queens and the Locust Manor Veterans Committee to address the unmet needs of veterans currently domiciled in the facility. She also founded V.E.T.S Inc., a nonprot based organization that opened a ten bed residential facility for former displaced veterans. Major Sweeting-Lindsey gives honor to God for her blessings in her personal, professional and military life.

MAJOR SHARON SWEETING-LINDSEY WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR MALCOLM A. SMITH.

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ROBERTA A. GOLDENBERG
Roberta Goldenberg is a native New Yorker, raised in the Bronx and Queens. She attended Jamaica High School and Queens College before enlisting in the United States Navy in 1973. After basic training, Hospitalman Goldenberg reported for duty at Philadelphia Naval Hospital as a Psychiatric Technician. After several hospital tours, First Class Petty Ofcer Goldenberg applied for and attended Ofcer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island. Ensign Goldenberg served in the Ofce of the Chief of Naval Operations as a Public Affairs and Personnel Ofcer. Throughout her career as a Naval Ofcer, she worked as a Training Ofcer, Legal Ofcer and Recruiter. She earned her Master Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. Commander Goldenberg retired from the Navy as the Executive Ofcer of Navy Recruiting District New York in 1999. She earned two Navy Achievement Medals, three Navy Commendation Medals and two Meritorious Service Medals. Having traveled throughout the world and through many of the 50 United States, Roberta settled in her hometown of Queens and found a position as the Executive Director of the North Flushing and College Point Senior Centers. She spends her days planning the recreation and activities for over 500 seniors in the Flushing, Whitestone and College Point areas. Her strong belief is that no senior should have to stay at home staring at four walls or have a meal alone. Roberta is especially proud of her seniors and boasts that they are the most active and vibrant Older Americans in the country.

ROBERTA A. GOLDENBERG WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR TOBY ANN STAVISKY.

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SERGEANT ALBERT PAVIGLIANTI


A veteran of World War II, Albert Paviglianti has been an active member of the American Legion for many years at the county, state and national levels. Born in New York City in 1923, Mr. Paviglianti served four years in the Marine Corps during World War II, as a sergeant. He earned the Pacic Award for his service. After his military career, Mr. Paviglianti stayed active in the American Legion, serving as a commander of the Madison County American Legion. He currently serves as adjutant. For years, Mr. Paviglianti was involved with the Boys State program, a weeklong leadership program that teaches high schoolers about government. He interviewed candidates, conducted oratorical contests and served as post adjutant. Mr. Paviglianti is also active in the 40 et 8, serving as Provost at the state level, and has volunteered on the National Americanism Commission. In addition, he serves his community as a member of the Town of Lenox Zoning Board. Mr. Paviglianti was most recently awarded the American Legion Post 140 Distinguished Citizen Award. Mr. Paviglianti lives in Canastota with his wife, Helen. He was nominated to the Senate Veterans Hall of Fame by Senator David J. Valesky. Achievements: American Legion Madison County Post Commander and Adjutant American Legion Post 140 Distinguished Citizen Award. Member of the Town of Lenox Zoning Board Post adjutant for Boys State

SERGEANT ALBERT PAVIGLIANTI WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR DAVID J. VALESKY.

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CORPORAL ANTHONY J. COSTANZO


Anthony J. Costanzo of Jamestown served his country with distinction as a Combat Infantryman in the United States Army, serving in various campaigns throughout Europe and North Africa during World War II. In January of 1941, 11 months before the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Anthony joined the Armys 1st Infantry Division, the Big Red One, and received his basic training at Fort Jay in New York City. In November of 1942, his unit entered World War II in North Africa, as part of Operation Torch, the rst American ground campaign against Germany. He fought during the Battle of the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia and against the Vichy French government who had sided with Germany. After the German Afrika Korps surrendered in May of 1943, Anthonys unit moved on to take Sicily as part of Operation Husky. On D-Day, June, 6 1944, the 1st Division stormed ashore at Omaha Beach. Soon after landing, Anthony and his comrades were ghting for their lives on a strip of beach near Coleville-sur-Mer. After Normandy, he was assigned back to Italy where he served as an MP until the end of the war. Anthony achieved the rank of Corporal and was awarded two Bronze Stars, a Purple Heart, a Combat Infantrymans Badge, Expert Rieman Combat Badge, the American Campaign Defense Badge, the WW II Army of Occupation Medal, the European African Middle-Eastern Campaign Medal, the 19411944 World War II Medal and six gold service bars. He came home from the war and worked for 40 years in a local furniture shop before retiring. Today, Anthony is a dedicated member of the American Legion, Vice Commander of the color guard for VFW Post #53 and is the Sgt. Major of the ring squad for Vietnam Veterans of America Post #865. CORPORAL ANTHONY J. COSTANZO WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR CATHARINE YOUNG.

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GEORGE W. EGAN
George W. Egan was born and raised in Queens Village (Queens County) New York. Mr. Egan enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserve in 1963. He completed basic training in Fort Dix, New Jersey, and advanced armor training in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was assigned as M.O.S. 11E20 Armored Vehicle Crewman. He was assigned to BCA/1st BN 15th Armor 1st Cavalry Division (DMZ) Korea January 1964 January 1965. Assigned to CO. 4th BN 68th Armor 82nd ABN Division Fort Bragg, North Carolina from January 1965 July 1965, when his unit was deactivated. He was then assigned to Medical Co., Womack Army Hospital, also at Fort Bragg. Separated from active service on August 26, 1966 with new M.O.S. 76J 20 Medical Supply Specialist, Rank Specialist 4-E-4. Mr. Egan enlisted in the New York Army National Guard May 1, 1990. He was assigned HHC Aviation Brigade 42nd Inf. Division located in Patchogue, NY. In 1990 he was named Brigade Soldier of the Year. In 1997 he was promoted to sergeant E5; Medical Treatment NCO and Section Chief MOS 91B 20. In 1998 he transferred to U.S. Army Reserve, Individual Ready Reserve. On October 26, 2004 Mr. Egan concluded his military career with an Honorable Discharge from the US Army Reserve. Mr. Egan is very active in veterans service organizations. From 2006-2008 he served as VFW Commander of Jayne-Lattin Post 2913. While Commander of the VFW Post they were awarded The National Community Service Award for their Balls for Bagdad Program. At the request of an Army Chaplain, the Post along with Cavanaughs Restaurant collected thousands of golf balls, hundreds of golf clubs and golf bags for shipment to Camp Liberty,. These were used as a form of stress relief for troops returning from the eld. His military service awards include: Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Achievement Medal (1 oak leaf), National Defense Service Medal (1 bronze star), Korean Defense Service Medal, P.L.D.C. Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon. His New York State decorations include: Long and Faithful Service Ribbon (5 years), Aid to Civil Authority Medal (3 Shields), Medal of Merit (Korea service), NYS Humanitarian Service Medal. Mr. Egan has been married to his wife, MaryAnn for 43 years. They have three children and 8 grandchildren.

GEORGE W. EGAN WAS NAMED TO THE NEW YORK STATE VETERANS HALL OF FAME BY SENATOR LEE M. ZELDIN.