Martin G. Mahar
Award: Veterans' Hall of Fame
Inductee was nominated by Former Senator Joseph L. Bruno
Martin G. Mahar, a decorated Marine Corps veteran who took part in some of the most pivotal battles of WW II, has earned a place among New York State’s elite veterans through decades of tireless service to his community.
Mr. Mahar, a former member of the Marine Corps Paratroopers, first saw action at Guadalcanal and later on other islands in the Pacific theater. He earned a Bronze Star at Bougainville, and a Presidential Unit Citation and a Purple Heart for serious injuries he sustained during 13 days of combat at Iwo Jima. Mr. Mahar was presented with a total of four battle stars during his tour of duty.
After returning from the war, Mr. Mahar opened his own business in his hometown of Troy, the Viaduct Bar and Grill, and spent a 30-year career with the U.S. Postal Service. He was a fixture in the Lansingburgh neighborhood where, along with his wife of 57 years, the late Marion Chapman Mahar, he raised two sons and four daughters. Mr. Mahar served as Troy Mayor from 1990 to 1991. Prior to that, he was Deputy Mayor and a City Councilman for 10 years.
Mr. Mahar also served as the first Chairman of the Troy Uncle Sam Committee, which originally proposed designating Troy the “Home of Uncle Sam.” Mr. Mahar is a past Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and remains active in veterans’ organizations, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Veterans of Lansingburgh.