Albany County
VETERANS SERVICE BUREAU
162 Washington Avenue | Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 447-7710 | Fax: (518) 447-7714
Email: veteransbureau@albanycountyny.gov
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Ken Secor, Director

2019 Honorees

HAV - 2019

David R. Torncella Jr., US Navy

1926-2016

David R. Torncello Jr. was born on March 8, 1926 in Bethlehem, PA. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a Seamen First Class.

David served in the Aviation Operations unit at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, California, earning the American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. When he returned home, David graduated from Siena College. For over 30 years he was an industrial engineer and the Director of Human Relations for Allegheny Ludlum Steel. Upon retiring at Allegheny Ludlum, he accepted the position of Assistant General Manager for the City of Watervliet, and he was a member of the Watervliet Elks Lodge #1500, a Post Commander of the Maplewood American Legion Post #1615, a parishioner of St. Basils Russian Orthodox Church, a College and High School basketball referee, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Watervliet Civic Center. He loved to travel, golf, ski and do activities with his family.

David R. Torncello Jr. was known as a caring individual to community, and a courageous soldier to our county.

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Charles Chandler, US Army

1948-1969

Charles Chandler was born on July 4, 1948 in Albany, NY and was drafted into the United States Army to serve in Vietnam.

He became a Specialist 4 after completing Army Basic training and Medical Training. Charles, who was also known as "Waunchie," was soon called "Doc" by his fellow soldiers. They considered him selfless both on and off the battlefields of Vietnam and when his tour was up he volunteered to stay until his replacement arrived.

On April 13, 1969 while on a vehicle assaulting a bunker complex in Tay Ninh, Charles heard a fellow soldier who was injured up front, borrowed a weapon and went to his aid. He was injured during a firefight with the Viet Cong and died days later. He was 20 years old.

Charles was honored posthumously for his bravery with the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart in May 1969.

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Charles J. Coleman, US Marine Corps

1936-2016

Charles J. Coleman was born March 19, 1936 in Albany, NY and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1956.

He served as aviation operations support with the 2nd MAW at the Marine Corps Air Station located in Chery Point, NC. He achieved the rank of Lance Corporal (LCpl) and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal for his courageous service.


Charles was a member of the Capt. WM. Dale O’Brien Marine Corps League for 58 years, serving as commandant from 1975-1976. He was a Pedigree Devil Dog and a lifetime member of the Polish American Citizens Club.


When He returned home from Cherry Point, NC, he worked for Freihofer’s Baking Company for 25 years.


Charles J. Coleman was known as a caring and selfless individual, and a brave serviceman to our country.


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William T. Heiserman, US Marine Corps

1924-2003

William T. Heiserman was born on August 7, 1924 in Manhattan, NY and enlisted in the United States Marines Corps in 1943.

He served with the 5th Marine Division at the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. Willian achieved the rank of corporal and was awarded the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal for his courageous service.

William was a member of the Colonie Elks as well as a member of St. Margaret Mary's Senior Citizen group.

When he came home, William sold cars for Can Curler Lincoln Mercury Dealer in Schenectady, and then worked at Tobin Packing Co. in Albany for 25 years.

William T. Heiserman was known as a caring and selfless individual and a brave serviceman to our country.

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Charles E. Boone, US Army Air Force

1919-2000


Charles E. Boone was born on October 9, 1919 in Albany, NY and enlisted in the United States Army Air Force in 1942.

He served with the Squadron C-3, 2132nd AAF Base Unit as a staff sergeant during World War II. He was awarded with the meritorious service medal for his courageous service.

Charles served as a B-29 flight engineer and preflight crew chief at Maxwell Field, Alabama.

When he came home he worked at the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for many years, and after retirement he owned and operated his beloved Golden Acres Farm in Westerlo with his long loving wife, Betty.

Charles E. Boone was known as a loyal, sincere and selfless individual, and a brave serviceman to our country.

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Michael J. Aidala, NYS Army National Guard

1937-2017

Michael J. Aidala was born on March 22, 1937 in Albany, NY and enlisted in the New York Army National Guard in 1954. He served with the 210th Armored Division as a lieutenant colonel. Michael exhibited traits of valor and honor throughout his years of service and was awarded with the Army Commendation Medal and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

When he came home, he served as an Albany County Legislator for the 27th District, as well as working with his family at Quail Auto Sales. Michael worked as a trustee for the Village of Colonie and served as deputy mayor until his passing. 

Michael J. Aidala was a loyal, sincere and selfless individual, who served our country with bravery and courage.

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Frank J. Lasch, US Navy

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Thomas C. Magliocca, US Navy

1931-2016

Thomas C. Magliocca was born on April 16, 1931 in Albany, NY and enlisted in the United States Navy in 1954.

After her graduated from the Fort Schuyler Maritime Academy in 1953, he served as an engineer in both the Navy and the Coast Guard Reserve.

Throughout his years of service, Thomas exhibited valor and honor.

When he returned home, Thomas served as the vice president of shipping for the Atlantic Cement Company, later was the Commissioner of the Albany Port District, and also became a trustee for the SUNY Merchant Marine Academy.

Thomas C. Magliocca was known as a loyal, sincere and hardworking individual, and was a brave serviceman.

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Joseph G. Rhatigan, US Army

1949-2015

Joseph G. Rhatigan was born on September 26, 1949 in Albany, NY and attended high school at St. Joseph’s Academy.

After graduation, Joseph served in the US Army as a Combat Engineer in Vietnam from 1967-1970.

When he returned home, Joseph joined the Albany Fire Department where he rose to the rank of Lieutenant and worked there for 32 years until he retired in 2004.

Joseph G. Rhatigan was known as a loyal, sincere and hardworking individual, and a brave serviceman to our country.

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy
ALBANY COUNTY Cares about our veterans