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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.

For retired Sergeant Joseph Etta, June 6, 1944 at Colleville-sur-Mer, Normandy, marked his third aquatic landing for the United States Army. On November 8, 1942, Sgt. Etta landed at Arzew, Algeria and on July 10, 1942, he landed at Gela, Sicily. Sgt. Etta is the Town of Philipstown’s and the Village of Cold Spring’s honoree for the 40th District Hall of Fame.

A retired carpenter and building inspector for the Village of Cold Spring, Etta was born in Cold Spring, New York, on April 22, 1918 and graduated from Haldane High School in 1938. He began his four years, five months, and twenty-three days of service in the United States Army on January 2, 1941, and was assigned to 26th Infantry, First Division, Company D, as a member of the 16th, 18th, and 26th Combat Teams.

Etta earned the American Defense Service Medal, the Bronze Star Medal, the Distinguished Unit Badge, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the President Citation Bar with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the French Jubilee of Liberty Medal.

In 1995, after 50 years as a member of the Veterans of Foreign War, Etta was honored for his many years of loyal and dedicated service to the veterans of Philipstown by VFW Post 2362 and American Legion Post 275. Etta is a past commander of VFW Post 2362 and helped build the VFW Hall for Cold Spring. He is also a member of the American Legion, the New York State Civil Defense, and an honorary member of the Cold Spring Fire Company. He volunteers at the grave sites of deceased veterans, and helped build Cold Spring’s Little League field and its riverfront bandstand.

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.”