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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.

Retired Specialist 5th Class Gilbert Webster Tarbox, also known as Crying Hawk, is the Town of Kent’s inductee for the Veteran’s Hall of Fame. Tarbox was born March 5, 1947 in Salem, Massachusetts and joined the United States Army in October 1965, where he served for three years. He completed basic training at Fort Dix, NY, and heavy equipment training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, and he was assigned to the 83rd Engineering Battalion in Chinon, France. When Tarbox volunteered for duty in Vietnam, he was re-assigned to the 1st Air Cavalry as an Equipment Operator. He was then promoted to Specialist E5 in Construction Surveying, and transferred to the 46th Engineering Battalion in Long Ben, Vietnam, and placed in charge of two military and one Filipino survey teams, surveying new roads and air fields throughout South Vietnam. Before, during, and after the Tet offensive, Tarbox worked on air fields in the Mekong Delta and his awards include NDSM, VSM, VCM with 60 device, O/S BAR, and MVC.

Tarbox has been recognized by Historical Societies throughout New York for his civic service and he has organized a circle of 1,000 drums in Salem, MA, and other simultaneous drum circles throughout the world to help Native Americans receive recognition for their service. Since his discharge from the Army, Tarbox has taught children about the first people of America at various hospitals for children, at local schools, and for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. He also helped to build the Wappinger Monument in Putnam County in honor of Chief Daniel Nimham and the Wappingers Indians.

Tarbox also helps disabled veterans receive service dogs through the Tower of Hope Foundation.

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.”