2010 Honor a Veteran Archives

HAV - 2010

Chester J. Pach, US Army

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Congressman Paul Tonko and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated the life of veteran Chester J. Pach at a ceremony on Monday, December 6, 2010 at the North Albany Legion Post 1610 in Albany.

Pach was born in 1918 in Schenectady and was a lifelong resident of the Capital Region. He served in the United States Army during World War II from 1941-1944. As a Staff Sergeant in the 68th Artillery Corps, he saw combat in the Pacific Theater. Upon his return home, he was awarded the WWII Victory Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal.

Pach was employed with Nehi Beverage for 50 years and was a lifelong member of the American Legion North Albany Post 1610. An avid golfer, he was also a communicant of Sacred Heart Church and enjoyed spending time with his beloved wife, Beverly, and their family. 

The Honor-A-Veteran ceremony is held every first Monday of the month to honor a deceased veteran of the community.

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Anthony N. Valente, US Marine Corps

Former Congressman Michael McNulty and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated the life of veteran Anthony N. Valente at a ceremony on Monday, November 1, 2010 at the American Legion Joseph E. Zaloga Post 1520 in Albany.

Valente was born in 1929 in Albany, one of ten children of Nicola and Anna Valente. Four of his brothers had served in World War II.

Valente was a member of the Rescue Squad with the Albany Fire Department prior to enlisting in the United States Marine Corps in 1949. He served as a Drill Instructor at Parris Island, S.C, and a Recruiting Officer in Flint, MI. He then volunteered to serve in Vietnam. As a Gunnery Sergeant with Company D, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, 3rd Marine Division, he became a Unit Leader. His battalion was in a defensive position on the outer perimeter of Khe Sanh, Quang Tri Province when he was killed by enemy gunfire on February 27, 1968.

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John J. McNulty, Jr., US Navy

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Congressman Paul Tonko and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated the life of veteran John J. McNulty, Jr. at a ceremony on Monday, October 4, 2010 at the Legnard-Curtin Legion Post, Green Island, NY.

County Executive Breslin said, "Jack always answered the call to service–for his country, for his community and for his family. We will always remember his legacy and be inspired by his unwavering commitment to enhancing the lives of others."

"Jack was a man who never turned down an opportunity to help, no matter who asked," said Congressman Paul Tonko. "He served his country in World War II with distinction and then returned to his hometown, dedicating his life to public service. We are all honored to pay tribute to Jack and his legacy."

McNulty, born in 1922, was a lifelong resident of Green Island. He served in the United States Navy in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

Upon his return home, McNulty established McNulty Funeral Home in Green Island, which he owned and operated for more than 44 years. McNulty was a well-respected and dedicated public servant, holding a public office for seven decades. He was first elected Green Island Town Supervisor in 1949 and in 1957 became Mayor of the Village of Green Island. McNulty also served a four year term as Albany County Sheriff. In addition, he served as a member of the NYS Commission of Corrections, chairman of the Green Island Industrial Development Agency, vice chair of the Green Island Power Authority, chairman of the Green Island Democratic Committee and a member of the Albany County Democratic Committee.

McNulty was devoted to his family and he and his wife, Madelon, raised their five children, John, Mike, Mary, Ellen and William, who gave his life in Vietnam, to follow in their footsteps of civic duty and commitment to the social good. The professional example he set, along with his efforts on behalf of many community organizations and projects, made McNulty a household name in Green Island and the greater Capital District.

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George A. LaMora, Sr. , US Navy

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Congressman Paul Tonko and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated veteran George A. LaMora, Sr. at a ceremony on Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at the North Albany Legion Post 1610 in Albany.

George A. LaMora, Sr. was born in 1926 in Cohoes. After graduating from high school he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1943 and became a Seaman Recruit. LaMora received extensive training to serve aboard two Landing Ship Tanks in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign. While the LSTs were at sea, LaMora was positioned as a Gunner's Mate and during Amphibious Operations he assumed the duties of a Coxswain.

LaMora was honorably discharged in 1946 and for his excellent service was awarded the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaign Medal with three Bonze Stars, the World War II Victory Medal and the New York State Medal for Merit with one Silver Shield.

Upon his return home to Cohoes, LaMora married Elaine Miron and together they raised their three children. LaMora worked for the Mohawk Paper Mills, Inc. and was a dedicated member of the United Paper Workers International Union Local 390. After retiring in 1979, LaMora moved to Florida but frequently returned to the Capital District.

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Edward F. Mock, Sr., US Army

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Congressman Paul Tonko and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated veteran Edward F. Mock, Sr. at a ceremony on Monday, August 2, 2010 at the American Legion Joseph E. Zaloga Post 1520 in Albany.

Mock was born in 1914 in Albany. After helping to raise his three younger siblings, Mock joined the United States Army just before the start of World War II. He served as a Technical Sergeant in the 79th Infantry Division and was a member of the tank destroyer force.

Mock saw combat in North Africa and also engaged in the fight against Mussolini's army in Italy. He later landed in Normandy during Operation Overlord and fought bravely during the Battle of the Bulge. For his honorable service, Mock was awarded the American Defense Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Europe-Africa-Middle East Campaign Medal with a star for each of his six campaigns, the Good Conduct Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

Upon his return home, Mock married Catherin Dykeman and started a family. He became an active member of Local 7 of the United Association of Plumbers and Steamlifters. A devout Catholic, he was also a committed member of the American Legion Post #1256, serving as the Post Commander for three years.

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Frank R. O'Neil, US Marine Corps

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Congressman Paul Tonko and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated veteran Frank R. O'Neil at a ceremony on Monday, July 6, 2010 in the Harold L. Joyce County Office Building in Albany.

O'Neil, a native of Hudson, NY, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1945 and served in the Pacific Theater during the closing months of World War II. In October 1950, he was recalled to active duty during the Korean War. After training at Camp LeJeune, he arrived in Korea at Po-hang-dong as a forward observer in Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Division, 5th Marines and was part of the attack northward across the 38th Parallel into North Korea. During a bayonet charge at Hwacheon, a hand grenade exploded near him, inflicting wounds to his right arm and leg, requiring his evacuation to the medical battalion hospital for a week to recover from his injuries

O'Neil was discharged in 1951 and for his service was awarded the Purple Heart Medal, Presidential Unit Citations with Ribbon Bar and one Bronze Star, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the China Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with one star, the United Nations Service Medal and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation.

His dedication to his country, family and friends was evident both in his active military service and his life and community service thereafter; O'Neil worked for ADT and New York State before retiring in 1983.

O'Neil was a long time member of both the U.S. Marine Corps League and Post #133 of the Disabled Veterans of America.

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Thomas W. "Sarge" Spaulding, US Army

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Congressman Paul Tonko and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated veteran Thomas W. "Sarge" Spaulding at a ceremony on Monday, June 7, 2010 at the American Legion Joseph E. Zaloga Post 1520 in Albany.

Thomas W. "Sarge" Spaulding was born in 1939 in Port Chester, New York. Spaulding served in the United States Army from 1956-1964.

After returning home from his service, Spaulding was a driver for Surpass Chemical Co. of Menands. He continued his commitment to our nation's armed forces while a civilian as a life member of the American Legion Post 1489 in Wynantskill and the Tri County Council of Vietnam Era Veterans. He was also a member of the National Rifle Association, the Military Vehicle Preservation Association and the Bailey Mountain Fish and Game Club of Wynantskill.

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Donald E. Brady, Sr., US Navy

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Congressman Paul Tonko and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated veteran Donald E. Brady, Sr. at a ceremony on Monday, May 3, 2010 at the American Legion North Albany Post 1610 in Albany.

Brady was born in 1933 in Albany. He served in the United States Navy from 1953-1955 and was aboard the U.S.S. Tunxis during the Korean Conflict.

A resident of the Capital Region for most of his life, Brady was truly committed to serving his country and community. He was very active in the American Legion, having served as commander of post 1610 in North Albany and on the county level as chairman of the oratorical committee, chaplain and vice commander. He was also an adult acolyte and reader at the Church of St. Vincent de Paul. For many years Brady gave the invocation at the Honor A Veteran Program. His dedication and kind words became an integral part of the monthly ceremony.

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Frederick A. Robinson, Jr, US Army Air Corps

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Congressman Paul Tonko and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated veteran Frederick A. Robinson, Jr. at a ceremony on Monday, April 5, 2010 in the Harold L. Joyce County Office Building in Albany.

Robinson was born in 1922 in Albany. He served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II, rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant in the 66th Bomber Squadron of the 44th Bomber Group.

On November 13, 1943, Robinson and the 66th Squadron attacked the German port of Bremen, a major target with large manufacturing and storage facilities. Under heavy enemy fire and harsh weather conditions, the Squadron waged a heroic fight to disable the German forces. Robinson was killed in action while in flight. He, along with five other crew members, is listed on the Wall of the Missing at Margraten, Netherlands. For his ultimate sacrifice, Robinson was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Medal and the Air Medal.

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Andrew H. Wilkinson, US Air Force

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Congressman Paul Tonko and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated veteran Andrew H. Wilkinson at a ceremony on Monday, March 1, 2010 in the Harold L. Joyce County Office Building in Albany. 

Wilkinson was born on April 13, 1933 in Albany. He served in the United States Air Force for 23 years, retiring as a master sergeant after 19 base assignments and 13 years overseas, including Vietnam from 1966-1967.

Wilkinson was a founding member and past board member of the Tri County Council Vietnam Era Veterans, chairing the Hospital Oversight and Agent Orange/Dioxin committees. He was also a lifelong member of the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 10, the Oppenheim VFW Post 1019 and the Scully American Legion Post 1019. Wilkinson worked tirelessly as a veterans advocate, particularly for those suffering from PTSD and exposure to Agent Orange.

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Matthew Thompson, US Army

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Congressman Paul Tonko and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated veteran Matthew Thompson at a ceremony held on Monday, February 1, 2010 in the Harold L. Joyce County Office Building in Albany. 

Thompson was born on March 9, 1936 in Laurens, South Carolina, the eighth of 15 children. At an early age, the family relocated to Albany. He served in the United States Army from 1955-1958 as a Transportation Specialist.

Upon his return home, Thompson married his wife, Aroma, and worked for the NYS Department of Education for over 35 years. He was also the proprietor of Modern Barber Shop on Clinton Avenue and a black belt Judo instructor at the Albany YMCA and the Arbor Hill Community Center for more than 20 years. A faithful member of Refreshing Spring C.O.G.I.C., Thompson served in various capacities including the men's department and usher board.
 
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Kevin B. Ryan, Jr., US Army

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Congressman Paul Tonko and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated Vietnam Veteran Kevin B. Ryan, Jr. at a ceremony on Monday, January 4, 2010.

Ryan was born on April 11, 1950 in Albany. He enlisted in the United States Army and rose to become a Specialist 4th Class while serving in the Vietnam War as a heavy vehicle driver.

Upon returning home, Ryan remained active in the New York State National Guard. He worked for the City of Albany for over 20 years and was a member and past commander of the North Albany Post #1610 American Legion, a member of the Albany County American Legion Bowling League and a member and past Marshall of the North Albany Limericks. A spiritual man, Ryan was a communicant of the Church of the Sacred Heart, North Albany.

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