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

2017 Honorees

HAV - 2017

Lynnard William Herrington , US Army

1920-2001

Lynnard William Herrington was born January 9, 1920 in Tonawanda, New York.

In 1944, Lynnard entered the United States Army with the 161st Quartermaster Battalion and served in the medical corps for two years. 

He was awarded the of Occupation Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. He was a member and a Technical Sargent with the Medical Corps in the U.S. and Pacific Theatre.

Following his service, Lynnard worked as an Administrative Supervisor and Assistant Education Director at Halloran V.A. Hospital in Staten Island, Administrator at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, Long Island from 1951-64, and as Executive Director at Albany Memorial Hospital from 1964-1979.

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John A. Dale, US Marines & Wardell Dale, USAF

1934-2013; 1936-2016

John Arthur Dale was born on September 30, 1934 in Indianapolis, IN. He entered the United States Marine Corps on August 8, 1951 and served until August 3, 1954 as a Medical Technician during the Korean War. John was honored with the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with 1 star, United Nations Service Medal, Korean PUC, and Purple Heart. Following his service, John become the city of Albany’s first black detective and rose to become the first black Police Chief.

Wardell “Joe” Dale was born on June 29, 1936 in Greenwood, MS. He entered the United States Armed Forces on September 15, 1954 and served until September 13, 1957 as an Airborne Medical Technician. Wardell was awarded with the National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, Good Conduct Ribbon, and Purple Heart. Following his service, Wardell received a degree in Fire Science and Later became the first black Fire Investigator in the city of Albany.

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Arnold Rosenstein, US Army

1921-2016

Arnold Rosenstein was born on October 17, 1921 in Albany, New York.

In 1943, he entered the United States Army during World War II and Served until 1946. He was an Infantry Soldier classified as Private Class.

He was awarded the Army Service Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.

Following his service, Arnold took over the family restaurant, Jacks Oyster House and owned and operated it for 60 years. It has since been proclaimed “Albany’s Greatest Restaurant Legend and “The Best Restaurant of the Century.”

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Theodore Joseph Yund, USMC

1921-2007

Theodore Joseph Yund was born on February 3, 1921 in Amsterdam, New York. 

Theodore entered the United States Marine Corps on April 9, 1942 and served until November 1, 1946 as a First Lieutenant during the major Battle of Iwo Jima.

He received the great honor of the Combat Action Ribbon and the Purple Heart Award for wounds received during the battle of Iwo Jima. Theodore was also awarded with the WWII victory Medal, the South East Asia Medal, and the National Defense Ribbon. 

Following his Service, Theodore operated the Snowy Mountain Lodge with his brothers in Indian Lake, NY. He later owned and operated his own business, which included Yund Studios and Yund Color Corporation in Albany NY. In 1969, he built an amusement park called Time Town. The amusement park included an outer space theme and a powerful 21" telescope. He retired in 1981 but started another business called Reel Time Video, which he ran from home.

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Ralph "Bill" Rahm, US Army

1922-1980

Ralph "Bil" Rahm was born on March 7, 1922 in Albany, New York

Bill entered the United Stated Army on December 14, 1939 and served until November 4, 1945 as a Staff Sergent during World War II.

He was awarded the American Defense Service Medal, American Service Medal, Asiatic Pacific Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal.

Following his service, Bill was Assistant Architect with the New York State Office of General Services. He was a member of Fort Orange American Legion Post. Bill also coached Little League baseball and was a parishioner of St. Catherine of Siena Church. 

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Joseph Francis Fagan, US Marine Corps

1893-1918

Joseph Francis Fagan was born on March 19, 1893 in Albany, New York.

Joseph entered the United States Marine Corps on April 15, 1917 and served until June 13, 1918 as a corporal during World War I.

Joseph Francis Fagan was the first Albany service member to lose his life fighting in WWI. He fought in the Battle of Belleau Wood, one of the most important battles in history for the United States Marine Corps.

To commemorate his service, the song “Fagan and Denn” was created and played on Albany City Hall’s Carillon Bells. In addition to the song, an American post was named in his honor.

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David C. Crounse, US Army

1945-2016

David Crounse was born November 14, 1945 in Albany, New York.

David entered the United States Army on September 23, 1963 and served until September 22, 1966 as an Airborne Ranger serving in Vietnam.

David C. Crounse received the Purple Heart Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, National Defense Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Air Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal during his time of service. When he return home, he worked as a detective for the Albany Police Department.

David C. Crounse was an extraordinary man, a brave soldier, and a hardworking detective.

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William N. Carter II, US Air Force

1932-2016

William N. Carter II was born on December 18, 1932 in Albany, New York.

William entered the United States Air Force on November 27, 1953 and served until November 26, 1961 as a cryptographer serving in Japan.

He received the National Defense Medal and Good Conduct Medal during his time of service and continued to assist his country both as an operator for the U.S. Postal Service and as a Service Officer for the Albany County Veterans Bureau.

Carter also known as Coach Carter to many graduates from the Vincentian Institute, was the first African American Track and Field Coach in Albany and one of the First inductees into the Diocesan Hall of Fame.

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Thomas J. Skelly, US Army Air Corps & John J. Skelly, US Army New York Engineers

Thomas J. Skelly,  1901-1980
John J. Skelly, 1901-1945

Thomas J. Skelly was born on December 24, 1901 in County Longford, Ireland. Thomas entered the United States Army Air Corps in August 1942 and served until 1944. After the war, Thomas worked as a milkman for Borden’s Milk Company. He saved his money and along with his best friend, Mike Doyle, built The Shamrock Tavern, one of the best pubs in Albany. It was a favorite place to go, especially after Siena basketball games which were held at the Washington Avenue Armory. The building the pub was in still stands today.

John J. Skelly was born on December 24, 1901 in County Longford, Ireland. John entered the United States Army New York Engineers as Private in August 1942 and served until June 1944. John was sent to New Guinea which was one of the worst places during World War II where he contracted Malaria, John worked at The Port of Albany as a Stevedore unloading ships. He was very sick after coming home from the jungles of New Guinea and passed away a year returning on December 16, 1945.

After many years of searching, it was discovered that Thomas J. Skelly and John J. Skelly’s service were lost in a great fire at the Pentagon. Both brothers served their country with pride and honor.

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Francis J. Nardolillo, US Marine Corps

1933-2017

Francis J. Nardolillo was born May 6, 1933 in Albany, New York.

Francis entered the United States Marine Corps in 1950 and served until 1953.

He received the Purple Heart and was a POW from October 27, 1952 until the end of the war on August 27, 1953. He was also the recipient of the Korean Service Medal with 1 star, UN Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. Francis was a proud member of the American Legion, Joseph E. Zologa Post #1520, Cpt. William Dale O’Brien Detachment Marine Corps League, and The Lucky Seven, a group of the 7th Marines, 1st squad, 3rd Platoon A. Co., 1st Battalion. After the war, he worked for the United States Postal Service for 35 years until retirement.

Nardolillo enjoyed trying his luck at the Delmar OTB. He ate breakfast every morning for 30 years at Stella DelMare.

Family meant everything to Francis. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He would look forward to having dinner with the whole family every Sunday at his sister, Queenie’s house. Everyone that met Francis instantly liked him, and he will be dearly missed.

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Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy