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Albany County Executive Honors Nardolillo Brothers for their Outstanding Service

November 02, 2017

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today honored four outstanding local veteran brothers who served our nation and have made tremendous contributions to the community.

“It is truly amazing to be able to be in the presence of such a patriotic and country driven family,” said County Executive McCoy. “To have five brothers who have served this country is not something that we see every day. Their honor and courage is strong. The Few, The Proud, The Marines but in reality, five brothers in all who served is not few at all.”

John Nardolillo, an Albany native, has a love for war movies that inspired him to serve in the US Marine Corps. He served from 1955-1959 and he was stationed at Parris Island, Camp Lejeune, Quantico, VA and Kaneohe Bay, HI. At the age of fifteen John attempted to join the Marines, but was held back by his mother who told the recruiting sergeant her son was too young.  He was determined and waited two years to officially enlist. He was awarded the Good Conduct and National Defense medals. After discharge from the service, John was employed as a laborer for Construction & General Laborers’ Local Union 190 working on projects such as the Wm. Harriman State Campus and SUNY Albany. After working at various other jobs, he retired in 2005.  

Joseph Nardolillo was drafted in 1969 but instead joined the US Marine Corps. He served from February 11, 1969 to February 11, 1971 and was stationed in the Marine Security Forces as well as in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba as a cook. Post service, he worked as a member of the teamsters in newspaper production including at the Times Union and San Francisco Chronicle. He was a member of Capt. William D. O’Brien Marine Corps Detachment. 

William Nardolillo followed his late brother Francis Nardolillo and fellow honoree John Nardolillo to the Marine Corps. He served with the second and third Marine Tank Battalions aboard ships in the Atlantic and Pacific he also did a tour in Okinawa. William was with Laborers’ Local 190 and then worked for Clarity Publishing for more than thirty years and now works at the state assembly. He participates in many different things such as coaching the Little League and Babe Ruth. He’s an officer in the Albany Academy Booster Club, a coordinator for the Capital District Toys for Tots, life member and officer for Capt. William Dale O’Brien Marine Corps Detachment, member of the Zaloga Post. 1520 American Legion, life member of the Vietnam Era Veterans Tri County Council and took part in placing of American Flags at the Saratoga National Cemetery and the Albany Rural Cemetery.

Peter Nardolillo joined the Marine Corps in 1963 to follow in his brother and fellow honoree Williams’s steps. In March 1967 Peter was stationed for a year near Da Nang with the 1st Force Logistic Command where his unit came under rocket and mortar fire. He was among those instrumental in the construction of the Albany Vietnam Memorial and the Colonie Veterans Memorial. Peter was with Laborers’ Local 190 for thirty years where twenty of them were in the field and ten were as an instructor and the training director. He is the recipient of the Navy Unit Citation, Presidential Unit Citation, Marine Corp Good Conduct, National Defense Service, Vietnam Service, Marine Security Guard, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign.

The ceremony continues County Executive McCoy’s tradition of honoring exceptional local veterans twice a year, in June and November. As of today, 29 veterans have been honored by the county for their service to our nation and community.  

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