Award: Honoring Our Veterans
William Nazario was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico in August 1947. He served in the United States Marine Corps for 18 months during the
Vietnam War, volunteering to be point man for Fox Company 2, 7th Battalion, and receiving promotion to squad leader. He reached the
rank of Lance Corporal.
During his service, William Nazario earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Purple Heart, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with device, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Stars, the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm and frame, the Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation, the New York State Conspicuous Service Medal, and the New York State Conspicuous Service Star.
William Nazario serves as Commander of Chapter 21 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, as Junior Vice Commander and Legislative Offi ce of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Department of New York, as Co-Chair of the 19th Congressional District Veterans Advisory Council and the Westchester County Veterans Advisory Council, as Chairman of the Cortlandt Hudson Valley Veterans Committee, and is a member of the Disabled American Veterans and American Legion Post 1030 in Verplanck. He has earned the Military Order of the Purple Heart 2012-2013 Patriot of the Year, 2011 Male Volunteer of the Year for the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System, and the United Auto Workers Region 9A 2009 Veteran of the Year for his volunteer and civic commitments to the community.
William Nazario retired from the United States Postal Service.