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Carmel, N.Y. (11/14/11) Twenty-seven veterans from throughout the Hudson Valley were honored at Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Among them, was Retired Sergeant Squad Leader Frank L. Campanaro of Town of Cortlandt.

Shortly following his graduation from Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, New York in 1942, Campanaro began basic training with the United States Army on the 15th of January, 1943 at Camp Croft, South Carolina before his assigned to the 152nd Infantry, E Company, 2nd Battalion, where he was deployed to the Pacific Theatre and served at New Guinea, Leyte, and Luzon.

Campanaro earned many awards from the United States Army during World War II, including the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal, the Philippine Independence Medal, and the Bronze Arrowhead.

To this day, Campanaro still has most of the documentation and memos from his service in the United States Army, and wrote a detailed, autobiographical account of his experiences during the war.

Created and hosted by Senator Ball, the Veterans’ Hall of Fame was 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.

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.”