Richard Smith, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1865, is deserving of a place among New York State’s elite veterans for heroic and gallant service to his country during the Civil War.Mr. Smith, while serving as a member of Company B, 95th New York Volunteers, captured two officers and twenty men of Hagood’s Brigade on August 21, 1864, at Weldon Railroad while the Confederates were endeavoring to regroup their forces in the Virginia woods, an event that proved to be pivotal in the victorious end of the Civil War.
Nicholas Erickson, a Coxswain in the United States Navy, is among the most famous veterans in Rockland County history. In recognition of the heroism and unwavering courage he displayed during the Spanish-American War, Mr. Erickson was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor on July 7, 1899.
Joseph P. Conace, having proudly served his country in World War II and devoted more than 60 years of service to his community as an active member of American Legion Post 310, is deserving of a special place among the elite veterans of New York State.