State Sen. Patty Ritchie honored 29 veterans from across central and northern New York during a special ceremony held Friday at Fort Drum’s USO.
The veterans were nominated for induction into the New York State Senate “Veterans Hall of Fame” by Family, friends, co-workers and comrades in arms for their military service to the nation as well as their continuing work and involvement in causes that benefit and improve local communities.
“(These) men and women have spent their lives not only serving our country, but our communities as well,” Ritchie said.
“Whether it’s continuing to help those who serve, teaching our future leaders or helping our region develop and prosper, their dedication and love for our country – and our region – have truly made a difference,” she added. “Today’s ceremony is just one small way that we can thank them for their service and their sacrifice.”
Of the 29 honorees, Ritchie selected retired Col. Terrence Roche as her 2013 inductee to the senate’s “Veterans Hall of Fame.”
Roche was the garrison commander here when the announcement was made in 1984 that Fort Drum would be home to the 10th Mountain Division (LI). He was instrumental in the planning and initial execution of the $1.2 billion construction project and the rapid expansion of the installation.
Today, he continues to make significant contributions to the success of Fort Drum through the Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization – which he helped to create – as well as a number of other organizations and civic groups.
Roche will be honored alongside other distinguished veterans from senate districts throughout the state on May 21 in Albany.
The other 28 veterans honored locally are as follows:
w Clifford Carr, Jr. (U.S. Navy)
w Charles Solar (U.S. Army)
w L. Angeline Scaglione Canale (U.S. Nurse Corps)
w Chief Warrant Officer Clarence Carney (U.S. Army)
w Julius Sherwood Dunham (U.S. Air Force)
w Walter Fischer (U.S. Marine Corps)
w John Flanagan (U.S. Air Force)
w Charles Otis Griswold (U.S. Army)
w John Hasto (U.S. Army)
w Kenneth Leamon (U.S. Air Force)
w Wayne Long (U.S. Navy)
w Trevor Loomis (U.S. Army)
w Stephen Mizgala (U.S. Army)
w Herb Pelton (U.S. Navy)
w Laurence Rector (U.S. Army)
w Paul Riordan (U.S. Navy)
w Arnold Shaw (U.S. Army)
w Leonard Yablonski (U.S. Army)
St. Lawrence County
w Maj. Maurice Halpin Barry (U.S. Air Force)
w Donald “Jake” Corbine (U.S. Army)
w Raymond Cutway (U.S. Marine Corps)
w Larry Deets (U.S. Army)
w Robert Giordano, Jr. (U.S. Air Force)
w Paul Mitras (U.S. Army)
w Isaac Perkins (U.S. Army)
w Patrick Rourk (U.S. Air Force)
w Staff Sgt. Hillard Seaker (U.S. Air Force)
w William (Bill) Shippee (U.S. Navy)