Mr. Dennis Staley is a distinguished Navy veteran and an outstanding example of civic duty. He attended Geneseo High School until 1960, before enlisting in the U.S. Navy on September 26, 1961. Upon graduation from basic training in Michigan, Mr. Staley went to New London, Connecticut to attend submariner school. He served aboard the U.S.S. Carbonero, S.S. 377, U.S.S. Hammerhead, S.S.N 633, a nuclear powered submarine.
For his service, Mr. Staley was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. He also has received the New York State Medal for Merit and New York State Conspicuous Service Star.
A resident of Geneseo, Mr. Staley is very active with the American Legion and VFW, with multiple appointments to Commander of both organizations. He is a major driving force in the effort to ensure all veterans in the community have a rifle squad for full military honors. He is a member of the exclusive United States Submarine Veterans Holland Club Buffalo Base, and has a Volunteer Fireman’s Exemption Certificate for his 16 years and 6 months of honorable service as a firefighter.
Mr. Staley has received many awards locally for his undying and steadfast devotion to the needs of other veterans. He has been tremendously successful in encouraging many often-reluctant veterans to come forward for services and to seek assistance.
Mr. Staley’s leadership on behalf of all veterans has been a vital part of the Geneseo community and beyond.