MOUNT PLEASANT VETERAN INDUCTED INTO SENATOR GREG BALL’S 2ND ANNUAL VETERANS’ HALL OF FAME
Brewster, N.Y. – (3/2/13) – Over two dozen veterans from throughout the Hudson Valley were honored at Senator Greg Ball (R,C,I - Patterson) 2nd Annual Veterans’ Hall of Fame Ceremony. Among them, was Stephen Loia from the Town of Mount Pleasant.
The Veterans’ Hall of Fame was created by Senator Ball, and designed to honor outstanding veterans throughout the 40th Senate District. Each veteran that was honored will also be individually featured on a traveling wall that will tour local municipalities throughout the 40th district.
“I am excited to induct this 2nd class of heroes into our Veterans’ Hall of Fame! These men and women have been hand-picked by their communities 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,” said Senator Greg Ball. “America is not a great country because of its politicians, it’s a great country because of our veterans.”
Stephen Loia is one of the Town of Mount Pleasant’s honorees for the 40th District Veterans’ Hall of Fame.
Stephen Loia was born in Yonkers, New York in April 1930. He served in the United States Air Force from December 5, 1950 to December 4, 1954, reaching the rank of Airman 1st Class, and serving on Haneda Air Force Base in Tokyo, Japan as an Airborne Radio Operator. During his two and a half years in Tokyo, his squadron was responsible for transporting United States peace treaty personnel in and out of Korea during the Korean War.
During his service, Stephen Loia earned the Korean Service Award, the United Nations Service Medal, the Crew Member Badge, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.
Stephen Loia is a Past Commander of the American Legion Post 1574, a member of the Veterans of Foreign War, a member of the Valhalla Lions Club, and past President and 20-year board member of the MPIAA. He has earned Legion Commander of the Year in 2002, the Italian-American Museum of New York "Ambasciatore" Award, the Italian-American Distinguished Service Award, and was inducted into the Senior Hall of Fame for his volunteer and civic commitments to the community.
For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200 9716.