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Carmel, N.Y. (11/14/11) Twenty-seven veterans throughout the Hudson Valley were honored by Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) at the Veterans’ Hall of Fame ceremony on Thursday.

The Veteran’s Hall of Fame was created by Senator Ball, and designed to honor outstanding veterans from throughout the 40th Senate District. Each veteran that was honored will be included on a traveling wall that will tour local municipalities throughout the 40th district.

Retired Sergeant John Claudet from the Village of Pawling is this year’s honoree. A manager at General Electric, Ret. SGT Claudet was born on December 11, 1947 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and served two and one half years in the United States Army earning several awards and commendations, including the Vietnam Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and Expert Marksman medals for the Rifle, M16, M14, 60mm, and 50-caliber grenade launcher.

For twenty years, Ret. SGT Claudet has served as the Chairman of the Village of Pawling Memorial Day Parade and also volunteers for the Boy Scouts and Pawling’s Little League. While he was Commander of the American Legion Post in Pawling, Ret. SGT Claudet has received the Commanders’ Award.

During his opening remarks Senator Ball said, “The veterans who are here today were nominated by their communities, hand-picked because they chose a path of courage, honor, integrity and bravery; a path that helped shape America as we know it, protecting our way of life and liberty.”