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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.

From the Town of Southeast retired Captain James Ryan is the inductee for the Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Born in Troy, November 23, 1941, Ryan enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve, where he served for twenty-four years, one month, and eighteen days as an Amphibious Boat Group Commander, a Surface Warfare Officer, a Command Duty Officer, and a Commanding Officer of the Naval Reserve units aboard the USS PATTERSON, USS EDSON, USS NASSAU, and NWS EARLE N.J. He earned the Joint Services Commendation Medal, the USNR Meritorious Service Medal, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and the USN Commendation Medal.

Practicing Admiralty and Maritime Law since 1974 and has been AV Rated (preeminent) per Martindale Hubbell. Ret. Captain Ryan has dedicated himself to volunteer service within his community, including ten years as Secretary of the Milltown Association, and Chairman of the Milltown Association since 1996. He has also been active as a volunteer in local grassroots politics.

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.”