State Senator Patty Ritchie honored 28 veterans of the US Armed Forces at a special ceremony that took place Thursday at the USO Fort Drum.
From individuals who fought on the front lines during the Battle of the Bulge to those who have served our country during more current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the diverse group of honorees were nominated for the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” by friends, co-workers and comrades-in-arms for their military service and their continuing efforts to better our local communities.
“From close calls in battle to taking part in events that many of us will only read about in history books, the stories of bravery, sacrifice and selflessness told by this year’s Veterans Hall of Fame nominees are truly remarkable,” said Senator Ritchie.
“I’m humbled to have the opportunity to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have not only served our country as members of the US Armed Forces but also have made it a priority to give back to their communities in their post-military lives,” said Senator Ritchie.
Bianca Amthor of Watertown: Army
Clarence Benware of Black River: Navy
Andy Cambron of Adams Center: Army
Ed Flanagan of Watertown: Army
Arthur Krahn of Clayton: Army
Joseph McLaughlin of Evans Mills: Army
Ben Scordo of Watertown: Army
Robert VanBenschoten of Henderson: Navy
Fred VanPatten of Watertown: Army Air Corps
Robert Williams of Clayton: Navy
Stanley Zaremba of Watertown: Army
Frances Flanagan, formerly of Minetto: Air Force
Robert Green of Fulton: Navy
Edward Hurley, formerly of Oswego: Army
Richard LaCrosse Sr., formerly of Parish: Army Air Corps
Maynard Lonis of Phoenix: Merchant Marine
Russell Marsden of Mexico: Army
Arnold Shaw of West Monroe: Army
George Smith, formerly of Oswego: Army
Donald Turk of Pennellville: Army
Wallace Whipple of Phoenix: Army
Jim Weinhoid of Fulton: Navy, Air National Guard
St. Lawrence County
John Halford of Gouverneur: Marines
Doug Hazelton of Ogdensburg: Army
Michael Marino of Canton: US Marine Corps
Edwin Pierce of Canton: Army
Darryl Sapoff of Gouverneur: Army
William Spriggs of Massena: Army