Joseph T. Fraccola proudly served his nation upon being drafted into the United States Army in September 1968. A Vietnam War Veteran, recipient of the Purple Heart for wounds received during an enemy rocket attack on the 7th of June, 1969 while serving with Company E Troop Command, 5th Maintenance Battalion, located in the U.S. Armed Forces II Corps Region of South Vietnam. He reached the Rank of SP/5 during his 2 year commitment to the U.S. Draft finishing his duty at Fort Sill, OK.
Joanne Donaruma Wade has been a leader in the field of Human Services for over 35 years. She received a bachelor’s degree from Utica College in 1976, cum laude, and began her professional career at The Arc in 1977, recently retiring from The Arc, Oneida-Lewis Chapter. Ms. Wade leaves a legacy of innovative community based programs and services in Utica and the surrounding areas.
In 1965, as a 17-year old eager to serve his country, now retired Sergeant Claude Quick, Jr. of Middletown, New York, journeyed to Hawaii and then to Vietnam. There, he began an experience that would forever change him and affect the lives of his fellow infantrymen.
Nearly forty-eight years ago this week, while serving as a medical aidman attached to a rifle company on a search and destroy mission on May 19, 1966, then-Specialist Five Quick and his company encountered intense enemy fire from automatic weapons concealed in the thick jungle foliage. Although he was among the wounded, Mr. Quick was credited with saving several lives that day and aiding other injured soldiers at his own risk.
Kristine B. Giotto has long been recognized for her energy and commitment to improving her community and the world around her. She has gained a reputation as a person whose daily generosity of heart, mind and hands-on contribution, has positively aff ected her New Hartford community.
Phil Capraro was drafted into the Army in 1943. After basic training he was assigned to the 42nd Infantry Rainbow Division. He was wounded for the fi rst time, during the D-Day landing at Omaha Beach as part of ‘Operation Overlord.” Later, while engaged at the Siegfried Line, Capraro was wounded for a second time, and was awarded two Bronze Stars for heroic action. On December 16, 1944 at the “Battle of the Bulge,” Capraro was wounded for the third time. At the time, Phil was in charge of four machine gun placements which were charged with providing cover fi re for 200 rifl emen in foxholes up front awaiting the German onslaught. At the end of the war, Phil continued to serve as part of the occupation forces. Capraro remained in the Army and was called up for the Korean War.
Bernadette T. Clark is a New York State Supreme Court Justice in the 5th Judicial District of New York, having been elected to a 14-year term in November 2005. A lifelong resident of Oneida County, she presides over numerous civil cases in the county. Judge Clark was a leader in bringing the Integrated Domestic Violence Court to Supreme Court in Oneida County and presided over that court for three years. She served five years as Oneida County Family Court Judge, from 2001-2005, and was the Oneida County First Assistant District Attorney from 1994-2000. Judge Clark was the first woman to serve in each of these positions. She received her bachelor’s degree from St.
Originally from Campbell Hall, Orange County, John Ringlehan has called Rome, New York, home for most of this life.
Deployed to the European Theatre, John served in the United States Army Air Corps, and was part of a crew that flew a B-24 Liberator out of Cerignola, Italy as part of the 451st Bomb Group of the 744th Squadron. John’s crew flew 19 combat missions with 26 sorties. On July 28, 1944, John and his crew were shot down. He and the survivors were held as POWs in a camp in Bucharest, Romania for nearly two months.
To Marolyn Piersma Wilson, the sky’s no limit for this Mohawk Valley community leader. Having flown since she was 10, Ms. Wilson is an accomplished pilot who has competed in and won cross-country and transcontinental air races for over 30 years. She enjoyed the competition so much, she became the president and race director of the Air Race Classic, Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes general aviation and honors the tradition of pioneering women in aviation.
Gretchen Hurley Sprock has given leadership to the to the Mohawk Valley community which she loves and has called home for most of her life. Her accomplishments exemplify her passionate commitment for quality of life concerns and her vision of a better world.
I am very proud to nominate my Uncle Jeff for the New York State Senate Veteran’s Hall of Fame. At the age of 19, Uncle Jeff went to fight in World War II. He was part of an Army communications unit that was serving under General George Patton. Some of his duties included sending coded messages via teletype, breaking the codes of enemy messages that were intercepted, and installing communications wires.