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County Executive McCoy Recognizes Two WWII Veterans

Posted: Thursday, November 7, 2019 12:03 PM

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today recognized two veterans who proudly and valiantly served their country, and upon their return home, their communities, at his Honor a Living Veteran ceremony.

Twice a year, County Executive McCoy highlights local veterans for their service to our country, and this ceremony featured Howard J. Fox and Jack Marcil.

“It is important to recognize these servicemen for their valor. These brave men put their lives at risk for their country without as much as a second thought, and that must be recognized,” said County Executive McCoy. “However, their service didn’t end when they were discharged. These men returned home and they continued to serve their communities with the same passion as when they were overseas. These men have given their lives in service to the people of our country, and that is what makes America great. And so it is vital these courageous men be recognized here today.”

Howard J. Fox is a 94-year-old veteran who enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 17, and has served in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He has gone to in North Africa, Italy, France, Russia, Korea, and China. When he wasn’t on active duty, he was in the Naval Reserve, worked for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance for 35 years, and served on Albany Mayor Jerry Jennings’ staff for four terms. He has served in training and recruiting positions to ensure the future of Army men and has worked on troubleshooting computers while in the Navy. Fox and his wife raised 6 children, 15 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. He is a lifelong member of the American Legion-Joseph E. Zaloga Post, Benevolent Order of the Elks, and the Capital District CPO Association.

Jack Marcil is a 96-year-old veteran who has served in the United States Navy. Jack participated in the invasion of Southern France in 1944 and was onboard LST 169 headed to Japan when the war ended. He spent time stationed at Norfolk, Boston, Alameda, and Brooklyn. He has selflessly served in the Operation Dragoon in Southern France and the Pacific Theater Defense. For his heroism, he was presented the Navy, Good Conduct Medal, the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. He returned home work at Bayer Manning before attending Siena College to earn his Bachelor of Science in Economics and his Master of Science in Business and Education. While going to school he worked as an electrician. He spent the next 26 years working for General Electric. In his retirement he has taught speaking classes to others.

This ceremony was the 13th such Event County Executive McCoy has hosted since 2013, having now honored some 40 living veterans throughout Albany County in the process.

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