North Salem World War Two Veteran Inducted Into Veteran’s Hall of Fame

Greg Ball

November 21, 2011


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.

Among those honored was North Salem’s retired Corporal Herbert F. Geller, who joined the Signal Corps shortly before Pearl Harbor and whose duties included orders to guard a deserted depot in Brooklyn that stored World War I guns without ammunition. 

After Pearl Harbor was bombed, Ret. CPL Geller joined the Army, went to basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and was sent to Camp Crowder, Missouri for advanced training as a radio repairman. Although never having fixed a radio in combat, he finished at the top of his class at Morse Code School, was assigned to the new Army Air Corps, and sent on to England. 

Ret. CPL Geller shared stories of sleeping through the Blitz when he was assigned to unload planes on airfields and guarding German POWs in Belgium. He also shares a story having to chase his train through Europe because he had to get off to use the facilities and it left without him. At the end of the war and during the occupation he was assigned to man a radio tower in the hills of Germany. 

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.”