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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 John F. Ryan from the Town of Pine Plains.

    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.”

    John F. Ryan is the Town of Pine Plains’ honoree for the 40th District Veterans’ Hall of Fame.

    John F. Ryan was born in Rhinebeck, New York in March 1933. He served in the United States Navy, United States Air Force Reserve, and the United States Army National Guard for 36 years, reaching the rank of Chief Warrant Officer 4.

    From December 2, 1970 – November 13, 1971, John F. Ryan was assigned as an Aircraft Commander AH1G and flew 251 combat missions in Southeast Asia, the vast majority in the country of Cambodia. During his service, John F. Ryan earned the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal with 2 stars for service in the Korean War and in Vietnam, the Master Army Aviator Badge, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Overseas Service Medal, the Air Medal with a Valor Device for acts of heroism, the Army Commendation Medal, the New York State Conspicuous Service Cross, and the Meritorious Service Medal.

    John F. Ryan has been a member of the Pine Plains Library Board, the Suekomeko American Legion, and Pine Plains VFW Post 5519, and has earned the Department of Justice Meritorious Service Award in 1982 for his part in the largest cocaine seizure ever made in the Northeastern United States at that time, 610 pounds, and was the first Chief Pilot for New York State Police in 1967.

    John F. Ryan retired as a Captain in the New York State Police after 25 years, and also retired as a Captain for American Eagle.


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