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RENSSELAER COUNTY

OFFICE OF THE EXECUTIVE

NED PATTISON GOVERNMENT CENTER TROY, NEW YORK 12180 Kathleen M. Jimino County Executive
November 4, 2012 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR DETAILS, CONTACT: CHRIS MEYER OFFICE: 518-270-2955 CELL: 518-225-1454

Phone: (518) 270-2900 Fax: (518) 270-2961

LOCAL OFFICIALS PAY TRIBUTE TO DISTINGUISHED VETERANS


TROY Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen M. Jimino was joined by other county as well as state and federal officials at the American Legion Post in Wynantskill on Sunday, November 4th at a medal presentation ceremony to honor thirteen veterans who served their country as members of the United States Military in many cases during World War II, the Korean War, or the Vietnam War. Throughout our nations history the men and women of our Armed Forces have answered the call to duty and defended our rights, freedoms, and way of life, said Rensselaer County Executive Kathleen M. Jimino. It is truly an honor to be able to express our gratitude and appreciation for their service and sacrifices and which recognizes their selfless actions on behalf of us all. A number of military personnel returning from active duty in, especially but not limited to, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, never formally received the honor and recognition they earned through their service in the Nations armed forces. Recognizing this, in recent years local medal ceremonies have been organized primarily through the efforts of County Executive Jimino and the Countys Veterans Service Agency. These ceremonies provide local veterans, their families, friends, and colleagues the opportunity to participate in the formal presentation ceremony in which veterans, some of whom are deceased are honored. Among the distinguished United States Military veterans honored for their service:

John Backley, Peacetime, Army, awarded posthumously to his widow Carol, recipient of the Army Achievement Medal & Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster large, Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal & Large Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster (triple), NCO Professional Development Ribbon & Number 4, Army Service Ribbon, and the Sharpshooter Badge & Auto Rifle Bar; 1

Joseph Cavallo, Korea, Navy, awarded posthumously to his widow Jean, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal W/ 1 Bronze Service Star, and the United Nations Service Medal; Robert Drzymala, Vietnam, USMC, recipient of the Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal W/ 1 Bronze Service Star, and the Foreign Award: the Vietnam Campaign Medal W/ 1960 Device Robert Gorman, Korea Era, Navy, recipient of the Navy Good Conduct Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal W/ Europe Clasp, and the National Defense Service Medal; Curtis Lee Jones, KIA WII, Army, awarded posthumously to Daughter Helen, recipient of the Bronze Star, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal W/ 1 Bronze Service Star, WWII Victory Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, and the Honorable service Lapel Button WWII; William Kelly, WWII and Korea, Navy, recipient of the WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Navy Occupational Service Medal W/ Asia Clasp, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medal, Republic of Korea War Service Medal, Discharge Button, Honorable Service Lapel Pin (Ruptured Duck), as well as the Foreign Award: Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation;
Bryan Kirkland, Peacetime, Navy, recipient of the Good Conduct Medal;

Stephen Kraynak, Vietnam, Navy, recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal As well as the Foreign Awards: Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation, and the Gallantry Cross w/ Palm and Frame ribbon bar; John Lattimore, Vietnam Era, Army, awarded posthumously to widow Debra, recipient of the National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Expert Badge & Rifle Bar, and the Sharpshooter Badge & Rifle Bar; William Moulton, WWII, Army, awarded posthumously to widow Josephine, recipient of the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII, Sharpshooter Badge & Submachine Gun Bar, and the Marksman Badge & Carbine Bar; Aubrey Primeau, WWII, Navy, recipient of the WWII Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and the Discharge Button; William Rifenburgh, Vietnam, Army, recipient of the Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge 1st Award, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon W/ 1960 Device, Expert Badge & Rifle Bar, and the Marksman Badge & Rifle Bar; 2

Leonard Roden, Korea, Army, recipient of the Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal W/ 3 Bronze Service Stars, Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, and the United Nations Service Medal;

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