Senior Master Sergeant McArdle was born on September 17, 1953 in Mount Vernon, New York. He entered the Air Force in May of 1976 and attend Basic Military Training and the Ground Radio Technician Electronics Course. He went onto to serve in the New York Air National Guard and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant (E-8). While serving with the 213th New York Air National Guard he served as Supervisor of the Engineering Section including six Electronics Installation Teams and installed air-to-ground radios in air traffic control towers in the USA, Europe and Asia.
Staff Sergeant E-6 Boddie Sr. graduated from Peekskill High School in 1965, and joined the Army shortly after completing his basic training in Fort Jackson in 1967. From November 1967 to December 1968 he was assigned to 661 Ordinance Company in Quin Yon, Vietnam. After that service he was assigned back in the United States in Fort Sill, OK. He was then Deployed shortly after to Fleigelhorst Germany in support of Operation Joint Endeavor. From 1969 to 2004 H served in the NY Army National Guard as a SSG with 133rd Maintenance Company.
Private Perugini was born May 26, 1922 in Ossining, NY. His mother died when he was two years old, at which time his father placed him and his older brother at St. Joseph’s Home in Peekskill, NY, where he lived for 14 years. Private Perugini enlisted in the United States Army in August 1942, and volunteered for an experimental branch of service called Parachute Infantry. Philip was a paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division, Troop 506 Parachute Infantry, Company E. As a Private First Class, Philip trained as a Rifle Man and then Bazooka Man.
Private Flanigan was born in Mt. Vernon, New York on December 24, 1947 and spent the first twenty years of his life growing up in Yonkers, New York. In April, 1968 he was drafted into the United States Army and became an infantry solider. He served with the 9th infantry division in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.
Mr. Kurka was born and raised in Yonkers, New York. He enlisted in the Navy in 1943, serving as a Petty Officer Second Class (Machinists Mate) at Quonset Point, Rhode Island and Banana River Naval Air Station in Florida. At Banana River he worked to repair PBM Mariner and PBY Catalina reconnaissance planes that had sustained damage in combat. He received a commendation from the Navy for his work. After the war, Petty Officer Second Class (Machinists Mate) Kurka returned to Yonkers, where he joined Post 7 of the American Legion.
Petty Officer Fimmano was born February 11, 1931 in the Bronx, New York. He attended Evander Child’s High School and graduated in 1949. Petty Officer Fimmano enlisted into the U.S. Navy in 1952 and served for two years. He held the rank of Petty Officer-3rd Class aboard the U.S.S. Wisconsin, BB64, where he saw action during the Korean War. The Wisconsin was hit in the winter of 1953, in the waters off Wonsan, North Korea, ten soldiers were injured but they all survived. Petty Officer Fimmano was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in November 1954.
Master Sergeant D’Angelo enlisted in the United States Air Force in November 1987. He attended Basic training and Security Police School at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. For his first two years he was stationed at Hahn Air Base in West Germany. He then transferred to Plattsburgh Air Force Base for the next three and a half years.
Machinist Mate First Class Patrick Calcutti enlisted in the United States Navy on January 1966. He attended Boot Camp at the Naval Training Center Great Lakes, Illinois from January 1966 to April 1966. He served onboard the U.S.S. Blue DD-744, which included a 27-month non-rotated tour to WESTPAC where Blue completed 13 combat patrols in the Gulf of Tonkin and came under attack from North Vietnamese guns on 18 separate occasions and sustained damage from one direct hit. Fortunately, there were no personnel casualties, and only minor damage to the ship. After 14 years of absence from naval service, Petty Officer Calcutti affiliated with the Naval Reserve at Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Lead Chief Petty Officer Witoshynsky was born September 9, 1967 in Oyster Bay, New York. He grew up in the Flushing/Whitestone area of Queens, NY. In 1984 at the age of 17 Mr. Witoshynsky joined the United States Marine Corps and went to boot camp on Paris Island, NC, then went on to Infantry Training School at Camp Geiger, NC. His first duty station was at Camp Lejeune, NC. After his discharge from the Marine Corps, Mr. Witoshynsky went on to work for the NYC EMS in the Bronx and Queens, then left to work for the NYC Transit Police Department. Mr. Witoshynsky was a first responder for the 9/11 attacks and spent countless hours with search, rescue, and escorts.
Third Mate USMM, Ensign USNR Donaher was born in Beachmont Revere, Massachusetts January 2, 1925. He graduated from Revere High School in June of 1942 and had to wait until he was 18, to be accepted into the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. He was at sea for eleven months as a Cadet/Midshipman, and graduated in November of 1944 as a Third Mate, USMM and Ensign, USNR. During the war, he sailed in the North and South Atlantic, North and South Pacific, Indian Ocean and close to the Arctic Ocean.
Chief Warrant Officer Queally, Jr. served in the United States Army in Vietnam for twenty two months with the 2nd Battalion / 20th Artillery, First Calvary Division as an Attack Helicopter pilot. CWO Queally, Jr. received numerous awards and decorations for his service including, the Distinguished Flying Cross for herosim while participating in an aerial flight, two Bronze Stars for Meritorious Service, earned forty three Air Medals for participation in aerial combat, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Vietnam Service Medal with seven Battle Stars.
Senior Master Sergeant Laughlin III was born August 7, 1943 in White Plains, New York. He served his Country with distinction in not one, but three branches of the US Military and two state militias. He began in the Marine Corps at 18 and served for nine years in the Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Reserves and also served with the U.S. Army National Guard, and Air Force National Guard.