Albany County, New York
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Albany County commemorated veterans Donald R. Leque and John J. Leque at a ceremony on Monday, December 1, 2008, in the Cahill Room of the Albany County Office Building.
Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Congressman Michael McNulty and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated veterans Donald R. Leque and John J. Leque at a ceremony on Monday, December 1, 2008, in the Cahill Room of the Albany County Office Building.
Brothers Donald R. and John J. Leque were born and raised in the City of Cohoes. Donald was born on April 13, 1920 and John on April 22, 1923. Both joined the United States Navy in the 1940s, John in 1942 and Donald in 1945.
John served aboard the USS Parker in World War II and saw combat at Sicily, Salerno and Normandy. He was awarded four Battle Stars and a World War II Victory Medal. Donald was on active duty for six months from 1945 to 1946 and also received a World War II Victory Medal.
After his military service, John owned and operated Leque's Grocery in West Crescent while Donald worked as a self-employed contractor. Both ended their careers working as masons at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute until their retirement in the early 1990s.
John also worked as a volunteer firefighter for the West Crescent Volunteer Fire Department and was a member of the American Legion Mohawk Post 145 in Halfmoon and the American Legion Seven Springs Post 343 in Florida where he retired. Donald was a member of the E.T. Ruane American Legion Post in Cohoes and the All Troy Athletic Club.
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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