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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 Private First Class Robert Joseph Williams of Lewisboro. Williams was unable to attend the ceremony due to an illness. Supervisor Charlie Duffy accepted the award on his behalf.

A successful small business owner and floor maintenance contractor, Williams joined the United States Army on September 23, 1942, and was assigned to the 45th Infantry Division as a machine gunner until his discharge on November 23, 1945. In addition to the Good Conduct Medal, Williams earned Campaign Ribbons for Sicily, Italy, Corsica, Southern France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Southern Germany, plus a Spearhead for the first wave of the Invasion of Sicily.

Williams currently sits on the executive board of the Lewisboro Senior Adults, runs its Fishing Derby, and participates at Inter-Generational Day for the Elementary Schools twice a year. Each year, he lectures at John Jay Middle School, discussing the Civil War, World War I, and World War II with the students.  Every week, Williams volunteers at the VA.

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.”