On June 6, 1969, at age 19, Tom Marinello bravely entered the United States Army. Mr. Marinello arrived in Dau Tieng, Vietnam, as an infantryman on November 2, 1969, and was assigned to A CO 2nd 28th Infantry, First Infantry Division. After fighting courageously, he was wounded by shrapnel on November 17, 1969, and when the First Infantry Division was rotated back to the states, Mr. Marinello was assigned to A CO 1st 5th Infantry 25th Infantry Division.
Sister Mary Ann LoGiudice, RSM is Executive Director of Community Maternity Services, an agency of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany.
Community Maternity Services is a full spectrum family support services agency that provides a continuum of services, both residential and community-based. Throughout the Albany Diocese, the organization works to provide assistance for pregnant and parenting teenage girls and their infants and toddlers, children in need of foster care and adoptive homes, families seeking to adopt children, and families in crisis.
Joseph G. Pollicino served in the United States Marine Corps from 1966-68. His service included a tour in Vietnam with Lima Co. 3rd Battalion 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division.
Mr. Pollicino was awarded a Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation with 2 Bronze Stars, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, Meritorious Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Color with Palm & Frame), Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Civil Actions Color with Palm & Frame) and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.
Margaret Skinner is a very talented, compassionate and dedicated member of the Albany community. She is currently the President of the Board of the Food Pantries for the Capital District, after having served in various capacities for the past several years. The Food Pantries for the Capital District supports our local food pantries by funding, purchasing and delivering food to the neighborhood pantries. They also provide a forum for networking, coordination of services, education and training for pantry staff and volunteers from different communities.
Sp. 4 Daniel J. Honsinger, U.S. Army (Ret.), offi cially joined the service on Oct. 28, 1966. He served 13 months in the Army’s 4th Battalion of the Third Infantry during the Vietnam War.Honsinger completed basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina and finished advanced training at Fort Collins, Colorado. Before going into active battle, Honsinger experienced months of grueling training while stationed at the Schofi eld Barracks in Hawaii. There he completed strenuous amphibian training, jungle warfare training and escape-and-evasion training. Honsinger also received explosives training before becoming certifi ed as the demo-man for his unit.
Mary Jane Smith’s life has always revolved around service. A quintessential humanitarian, Ms. Smith was born in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1928 and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Education, a Masters Degree in History from The College of Saint Rose and served as a Sister of St. Joseph, teaching in the Catholic school system for 22 years.
Frank J. DiNuzzo, Jr. was born on May 8th, 1924 in Watervliet, NY to Italian immigrants. He enlisted in the Army in 1943 and, upon completion of basic training, joined the 204th Combat Engineer Battalion. The unit prepared and trained in England for the invasion of France through Normandy. In the early days after the invasion, the unit cleared the beachhead for follow-on forces. The 204th then pushed into Northern France along the Maginot Line to clear a path for General Patton’s armor force. For three days his unit heroically dug out hundreds of personnel and tank mines. For his actions, Frank was awarded the Bronze Star.
Reverend Debra Jameson, an ordained minister in the Reformed Church of America since 1982, has served as a rural parish pastor in the Catskill towns of Shokan and Mt. Tremper, and in the urban setting of New York City. Over the years her journey has taken her beyond the church walls to ministries, including ecumenical consult for Project Hospitality in Staten Island, and for the Reformed Church Synod of New York in Brooklyn, Richmond, Rockland, and Westchester counties.
Colonel Charlie Johnson was born and raised in a small rural town in Mississippi. He attended the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY and graduated in 1955. Commissioned a 2D Lieutenant of Infantry, Colonel Johnson served 26 ½ years in the US Army, retiring in 1981.
Elizabeth M. Miller, is a pioneer for equal labor. Currently serving as the Executive Director of the Capital District Women’s Employment & Resource Center (WERC), she is responsible for one of 22 Centers throughout New York Statethat helps displaced homemakers find employment. Ms. Miller’s passion for the Center started over 15 years ago when she was hired as the Training Coordinator, developing the employment network still used today to assist over 300 women each year transition back into the workplace.
A community activist and leader, Ms. Miller’s comprehensive involvement is impressive. She is proud not only of the accomplishments with WERC, but also her cumulative service of over 15 years as an dynamic community member and volunteer.