Brewster, N.Y. – 12/21/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C, I), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, issued the following statement regarding the assassination of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.
Ship Serviceman 2nd Class Ray Matthews was born in Verplanck, New York on February 25, 1927, the second of five children of Rance and Julia Matthews. When his older brother Dave went into the Navy, Ray decided to follow, enlisting in September of 1944. Serving on the U.S.S. Sirona in the Pacific Theatre of Operation, he would go on to participate in campaigns that earned him five medals/ribbons, including the Victory Medal, the American Theatre Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Medal, the Philippines Liberation Ribbon, and the Navy Occupation Service Medal.
Sergeant Nichols began his service in the United States Army serving during WWII, where he proudly served as a Sergeant in Austria, in the Signal Corp. Upon his return to the United States, he worked on his families Dairy Farm and eventually opened his own business repairing radios. He is happily married to his wife Mary, and have three grown children that he is most proud of. Sergeant Nichols served as Councilman and Supervisor for the Town of Kent and on the Putnam County Board of Supervisors. He was State Chairman of the NYS Forest Practices Board and Regional Chairman of the Fish and Wildlife Board which he is still serving on today. Sgt.
Sergeant Grexa was born March 1, 1930 in The Bronx. In 1944, he contracted polio dashing his dreams of attending West Point Academy. He graduated from the Manhattan School of Aviation Trade in 1948, then proceeded to work in a machine shop until he was drafted into the U.S. Army on May 11, 1951 with 3 C classification. Although he had suffered polio in his right leg, he had recovered enough through the medication he was taking to be able to pass the minimal physical for induction into the service.
Brewster, N.Y. – 11/11/2014 – The picks are in for Senator Greg Ball’s (Patterson – R, C, I) 4th Annual Veterans Hall of Fame. Cities, towns and villages from throughout the 40th Senate District selected a nominee for the ceremony, which will take place on Thursday, November 20th at the Mahopac Falls Elementary School.
SP4, E-4 Hunt was born April 9, 2014 in Danbury, CT. He served for three years in the United States Army from 1955 to 1958. Mr. Hunt served on the Zoning Board for over ten years, and also on the Planning Board for over ten years. SP4, E-4 Hunt served the community for twenty years on zoning, planning and as a Councilman.
Brewster, N.Y. – 11/10/2014 – Senator Greg Ball (Patterson – R, C, I), Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, is gearing up for his 4th Annual Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner.
Every year Senator Greg Ball teams up with the community to host a completely free Veterans Thanksgiving Dinner to thank local area veterans for their service. This year the dinner will be hosted on Saturday, November 22, 2014, at the Putnam County Golf Course with seating’s at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM.
Petty Officer-Electrician Mate 3rd Class Gettler was born September 25, 1933 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He served for four years from 1952 to 1956 in the United States Navy. He was part of a team that went overseas after World War II known as the Atomic Veterans, who are believed to have been exposed to much radiation and have suffered health issues later on in life. He was presented with a New York State resolution declaring July 15th, Atomic Veterans Day in the State of New York from Senator Greg Ball. He is the NY State Commander of National Association of Atomic Veterans.
Chief Warrant Officer Bonomini was born April 27, 1929 in Greenwich Village, New York. Mr. Bonomini entered the United States Army on January 2, 1952 and took infantry basic training at Fort Dix. He taught surveying and celestial navigation at the Engineers Training School, Fort Belvoir in Virginia for several months. He sailed on USS Gen McRea from Staten Island, NY to Inchon, Korea in February 1952. His duties in Korea included establishing coordinates on radar stations and forward observation points. Chief Warrant Officer Bonomini was awarded the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Stars and the United Nations Service Medal.
Mr. Farrell was born October 16, 1954 in Yonkers, NY. His father was a Navy Veteran in 1941 to 1942. After his father’s passing in 2001 Mr. Farrell joined the Sons of The American Legion and was elected as Westchester County Sons Commander from 2007 to 2010 and was Detachment Vice Commander in 2013 for the State District one and nine. He is a chief volunteer at the NYS Veterans Home in Montrose and does many activities for the Veterans. He is now Squadron Commander at Beacon Post 203 and a member of the Color Guard at Mahopac Post 1080. Mr.
Sergeant DiSisto was born November 6, 1939 in Italy. He served for two years in the United States Army. He received a number of medals and awards during his service which include: Expert Rifleman, Recoilless Rifle, Good Conduct Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the National Defense Medal. Sergeant DiSisto is the Hawthorne Post 112 Co-Chairman of the New York State Medal of Honor Committee, Co-Chairman of the POW/ MIA Parade at Montrose VA Hospital and is the past President of the Hawthorne Post Veterans Day Celebration. Sergeant DiSisto is a member of St.
SP4 Pfister Jr. was born May 27, 1947 in White Plains, New York. He was drafted in October 1966 and served until September 1968. During this time, he received a National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with two Bronze Stars, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, Sharpshooter Badge, Marksman Badge and on March 4, 1968 he was presented with an Award of the Army Commendation Medal for Heroism. SP4 Pfister Jr. retired from the White Plains Fire Department after 30 years of service in 2004.
In 1969, Staff Sgt. Lemcke enlisted in the United States Army and married his wife Jeanne Mazzola. He was then deployed to Vietnam in 1970 with the 610th Engineers and was there for one year. Upon his return, he was stationed at West Point until 1972 and received an Honorable Discharge in 1975. From 1974-78 he was a Lieutenant with the DP Hays Hose Co. and Captain of the company from 1978-80. During this time, he joined American Legion Post 77 and the Pleasantville Dads’ Club. In 1984 he joined the Army National Guard in Ossining, NY, 101st Signal Battalion.
Technical Sergeant Angelo Percacciolo was born on September 26, 1924 in Cold Spring, NY. He was drafted into the Army Air Corps in 1943, and was sent to Biggs Field, El Paso, TX for Combat Flight Training, and later assigned to the 712th Bomber Squadron in Seething, England. He flew 35 bomber missions over enemy occupied Europe. He received the Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Three Battle Stars for the invasion of Normandy, Southern France, and the Rhineland, the Liberty Jubilee Medal from the French Government, the World War II Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal.
Sergeant Gullen was born in Mt. Kisco, New York in 1924. He graduated early from high school in January 1943, six months later was drafted and left for Camp Adair in Oregon to join the 276th Regiment as part of the 70th Infantry Division, nicknamed the Trail Blazers, the last division formed in WWII. His regiment landed in Marseilles on December 15, 1944, and after a five hundred mile trip and ten mile walk ended up in their positions on the west bank of the Rhine.
Sergeant Griffin, Jr. was born October 16, 1947 in White Plains, New York. Shortly after graduating High school Sgt. Griffin, Jr. was drafted into the United States Army. Sgt. Griffin, Jr. trained as a Military Police Officer and served in Vietnam from 1967-1968. As a Sgt. Griffin, Jr.