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    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 Joseph Tyson from the Town of North Salem.

    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.”

    Joseph Tyson is the Town of North Salem’s honoree for the 40th District Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

    Joseph Tyson was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 19, 1933. He was educated in the Brooklyn School system and later attended Brooklyn College on the GI Bill after military service.

    At the age of 18 on July 30, 1951, Joseph Tyson enlisted in the U.S. Army Infantry. After paratrooper and other military training in the United States, Joe was sent to Korea after a brief stay in Japan on May 5, 1952. He was assigned to the Headquarters Company of the 32nd Combat Infantry Regiment, which was part of the Seventh Division. Joe served as a Paratrooper and later as a Supply Sergeant.  He served one year and five months in Korea.

    Joseph Tyson was promoted to the rank of Technical Sergeant and his most significant duty assignment was serving in 1821 Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment of the 1264 Army Service Unit. He was injured by a bunker bomb and was later in Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. where he was in a body cast for approximately a year.  He was awarded one Bronze Battle Star on his Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal. He was discharged on August 3, 1954 at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey.

    When discharged, Joseph Tyson went to work as an insurance adjuster. From there he became a Risk Manager for the Grumman Aerospace Company and ABC Broadcasting Company. He became a salesman at Johnson & Haggins and Alexander & Alexander, and went on to become an insurance consultant. Joseph Tyson then founded his own insurance consultancy.

    The Knights of Columbus has been a part of Joseph Tyson's life for more than 50 years. He served as Grand Knight of the Brewster Knights of Columbus for two years.  Active in the North Salem American Legion Post 1866, Joseph Tyson has served as First Vice Commander for more than 15 years. During that time he has always led the North Salem Memorial Day Parade with Post Commander Herbert Geller.

    For more information, please contact Joe Bachmeier at (845) 200 9716.