Colonel Donald Bernstein is a decorated military veteran with many educational accomplishments. He has served his community and his nation throughout his entire life, and even following his military career, Mr. Bernstein has been dedicated to supporting others and honoring our veterans.
Joan Kaplan, an accomplished public servant and community advocate, heads up the Elaine and William Kaplan Family Foundations. The Foundations have aided in countless projects that have benefi ted the greater Newburgh Area, and Ms. Kaplan’s work is well-recognized and respected in her community and beyond.
Sidney Tendler enlisted in the Army Air Corps in June 1942, and was called to active duty in November, 1942. He was sent to Kessler Field in Biloxi, Mississippi, for basic training. From there, he spent time in Sioux Falls, South Dakota for training as a radio operator in an aircraft.
After completing flight training and schooling as a Radio Operator, Sidney and the crew were assigned to the 7th Emergency Rescue Squadron. Their B-17 #1797 carried large survival boats called Flying Dutchmen, which were attached to the underside of the airplane. Once released from the plane, three large parachutes carried these boats to survivors in the water.
Alyce Ingram is a lifelong resident of Haverstraw and has been serving the community around her for as long as she can remember. As a high school student, she volunteered at a local animal hospital and continued public service through college by volunteering with numerous organizations, including Le Sigma Femmes, in support of rights for women and children.
After the birth of her daughter, Ms. Ingram was a stay-at-home mom. Her daughter, Chelsea, was diagnosed with Costello’s Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder which affects only two to three hundred people worldwide. This disorder required Chelsea to undergo numerous surgeries and begin daily occupational, physical and speech therapies, along with Ms. Ingram’s constant care.
At the age of 17, a young Warren Craig voluntarily enlisted into the United States Navy. Due to his age, he had to have his parents sign a consent form before he could enlist. As part of the greatest generation, his spirit made him one of our unique heroes who ran toward danger instead of away from it.US Navy Water Tender 2nd Class Warren Craig fi rst served on the USS Duncan DD485. While serving for less than a year, his ship was sunk by the Japanese on October 12th, 1942. Warren spent 14 hours surviving in shark infested waters until he was rescued. Upon escaping death he immediately returned to duty aboard the USS Shubrick DD639 vehemently seeking to provide service to his country instead of thinking of his own safety and well being.
At the age of 17, a young Warren Craig voluntarily enlisted into the United States Navy. Due to his age, he had to have his parents sign a consent form before he could enlist. As part of the greatest generation, his spirit made him one of our unique heroes who ran toward danger instead of away from it. US Navy Water Tender 2nd Class Warren Craig fi rst served on the USS Duncan DD485. While serving for less than a year, his ship was sunk by the Japanese on October 12th, 1942. Warren spent 14 hours surviving in shark infested waters until he was rescued. Upon escaping death he immediately returned to duty aboard the USS Shubrick DD639 vehemently seeking to provide service to his country instead of thinking of his own safety and well being.
There are few people more dedicated to a cause than Renate DeAngelis. She has made it her life’s work to ensure people remember our veterans, their families and the sacrifices they have made for our country.
In May 1992, Ms. DeAngelis joined the American Gold Star Mothers Inc., Hudson Valley Chapter #31, and was soon appointed recording secretary. With her continued involvement and dedication, she became president of her local chapter 12 years ago and maintains that position today. As chapter president, she attends the wakes and funerals of our fallen heroes, lays wreaths at memorial services, and participates in parades and street sign dedications. She also assists in numerous local fundraisers for veterans and their families.
Joseph Farina graduated from Newburgh Free Academy in 1939. After graduation, he joined the 156th Field Artillery, New York National Guard. His unit was called into Federal Service on September 16, 1940 and stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey. While serving in the military he attended the U.S. Army Morse Code School. When war was declared on December 7, 1941, he volunteered to go overseas and was transferred to Jackson Barracks in New Orleans to await assignment. As a high-speed Morse Code operator, he was assigned to a secret mission in the Philippine Islands.
Sister Yliana Hernández has spent her life helping others with a sense of compassion and dignity. Born in Central Tinguaro, in the Province of Matanzas, on the Island of Cuba, she immigrated to the United States in 1961.
Sister Yliana joined the Order of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary several years after arriving in the United States. Since that time she has devoted her life to helping people in need. Advancing the cause of education has always been a priority for her.She taught several grade levels throughout her teaching career and has held the position of principal of the Nora Cronin Presentation Academy in Newburgh since 2006.
William O. Stratis was born on May 25, 1926 in Newburgh, New York. After growing up and attending school in Newburgh, he graduated from Newburgh Free Academy in June of 1944 with honors. In August of 1944 he reentered military service and took Infantry Basic Training at Camp Croft in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Mr. Stratis saw combat in Europe, France, Belgium and Germany. He was captured and taken Prisoner of War while in Germany and was held for over two months at Stalag 6a in Hemer Germany near Dortmund.
Deirdre Glenn has spent the majority of her career helping others. Returning to Newburgh after her professional obligations led her to Pittsburgh, New York City and Dublin, her abiding commitment to her community has improved the lives of countless individuals and has made the greater Newburgh area a better place to live.
Born March 14, 1947 in Schwab Hall, Germany, Tony Zippo grew up in Rockland County and was later a resident of Orange County, New York. He was a 1980 graduate of Mercy College with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. He is a five-year veteran of the United States Navy, serving two tours of duty in Vietnam as an explosives expert. He received his honorable discharge in 1970.
J. Leo Glynn has earned a place among New York State’s elite veterans with his honorable service in the U.S. Navy and his outstanding efforts to improve his community as a member of the American Legion.