Albany County, New York
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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.
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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