2013 Honor A Veteran
|January 14, 2013
Joseph Manoogian, Jr.
|February 11, 2013
Carl W. Miller, Jr.
|March 11, 2013
Daniel F. Maloney
April 8, 2013
Anthony Joseph Cybulski
|May 13, 2013
Ryan James Savard
|June 10, 2013
Richard T. Smith
|July 8, 2013
Nicholas H. Grinaldo
|August 12, 2013
Jay E. Arnold, Sr.
|September 9, 2013
Cornelius Lester Gray
|October 15, 2013
Alan J. Morrill
November 12, 2013
Kenneth L. Sunkes, Jr.
|December 9, 2013
Charles F. O'Connor
JOSEPH MANOOGIAN, JR.
Joseph Manoogian, Jr. was born in Troy, New York on January 4, 1933 to parents
Joseph Kenos Manoogian and Anna Kenovape (Basmajian) Bakarian Manoogian. He had
1 sister: Rosanne and a half sister, Mary.
Joseph enlisted in the US Navy at age of 17 and obtained his GED while in the
On March 6, 1950, Joseph enlisted into the United States Navy in Troy, New
York. Seaman Joseph Manoogian, Jr. volunteered for Submarine Duty and by 1952
he qualified as Sonar Watchstander aboard the USS Seawolf. By 1962, Seaman
Joseph Manoogian, Jr. was Leading Sonarman Chief of the Watch. He was qualified
as Diving Officer and as the Below Decks Assistant to the Officer of the Deck
while directly supervising the Control Room Watch and in general supervision of
all other personnel below decks. He had the honor of a visit from President
Dwight D. Eisenhower along with Secretary of Defense James McElroy, Secretary of
the Navy Thomas Gates, Admiral Jerauld Wright and RADM Fredrick B. Warder while
he was serving on the board the USS Seawolf. He had the opportunity to cross
the equator while on the USS Seawolf in 1961 in pursuit of the Santa Maria
cruise ship which was temporarily seized and under control of Portuguese
Pirates, who were holding of passengers on board for 2 days. The submarine made
contact with this liner off the coast of Brazil and the Santa Maria
surrendered. He was honorably discharged on July 30, 1970. For his honorable
service to his country, Sonar Technician Chief Petty Officer Joseph Manoogian,
Jr. was awarded 5 Good Conduct Awards with 5 Bronze Service Stars, 3 National
Defense Service Medals with 3 Bronze Service Stars and the Navy Unit
Joseph married Patricia (Brown) Manoogian on July 4, 1954. From that union,
they had two daughters: Debra and Karin and two sons: Joseph and Brian. They
were blessed with 9 grandchildren: Zachary, Shawn, Brianna, Joseph Evan, John,
Jeremiah, Joseph Dustin, Joseph Ryan, and Jack; 8 great-grandchildren: Saige,
Skyla, Taylor, Madison, Aiden, Joselain, AnnaLeigh and Kennedy.
He was employed with the US Postal Service in Troy, N.Y. and later in Hudson
Falls, N.Y. as a letter carrier. He also worked in television repair.
He loved swimming and high diving. Joseph enjoyed repairing televisions and
built his family’s first colored television from scratch. He served as Exalted
Ruler of the Elks Club 178 in Hoosick Falls.
Manoogian, Jr. passed away on February 1, 1987 and although his headstone is
located in Elmwood Hill Cemetery in Troy, N.Y., Joseph’s ashes were spread
across the Atlantic Ocean from a sailing US Navy Ship during an honorable
memorial ceremony. Joseph is listed on the veteran’s memorial wall in Wood
Park, in the Village of Hoosick Falls, N.Y. for actively serving in the Korean
War and Vietnam.
CARL W. MILLER, JR.
Carl W. Miller, Jr.
was born in Troy, New York on September 16, 1924 to parents Carl W. and Mary
(Barnes) Miller, Sr. Carl had a sister, Mary Jane and a brother, William.
He graduated from
Sacred Heart School, Catholic Central High School and Siena College.
Carl enlisted in the
United States Army Air Corps on March 6, 1943 in Albany, New York. During
World War II, he participated in the Rome-Arno, Southern France, Rhineland Air
Combat Balkans campaigns. Staff Sergeant Miller served with the 2123rd
Army Air Forces Group as an Aerial Gunner Instructor 938. For his honorable
service to his country, Staff Sergeant Carl W. Miller, Jr. was awarded the AAF
Air Crew Badge (Wings), one Overseas Service Bar, American Campaign Medal, World
War II Victory Medal, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII,
European-African-Middle Eastern Ribbon with 4 Service Stars, and Air Medal with
2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters.
Carl married Eleanor
(Walsh) Miller, Jr. on September 25, 1948 at the St. Francis De Sales Church in
Troy, N.Y. and from that union they had four sons: Mark, C. Scott, W. Dennis,
James and foster children: John, Barbara, Edward, William, Linda, and the late
William, Michael, and Fred. They were blessed with 7 grandchildren: Marcy,
Mark, Shannon, Blaine, Laurie, Sandra, Virginia and 3 great-grandchildren.
Carl was employed
with the United Traction Company, the Western Electric Company, and Pioneer
Savings Bank. He worked for the bank for 22 years and retired in 1984 as an
Assistant Vice President.
He was a past
president of the Watervliet Rotary Club and a member of the Veterans of
Lansingburgh. Carl was a fan of the New York Giants, volunteered with the Drum
and Bugle Corps and Drum Corps International. He enjoyed working in the
Community Garden program and he worked in the program when it first started on 4th
Street in Troy.
Sadly, Carl W. Miller, Jr. passed
away on November 19, 1991 and was buried at St. Michael’s Cemetery, Waterford,
DANIEL F. MALONEY
Daniel Francis Maloney was born in Cohoes, New York on June 27, 1949 to parents
Daniel F. Maloney and Gabrielle (Laverdiére) Maloney. Daniel had two sisters:
Shirley and Lorraine and two brothers: Michael and Lawrence. Daniel grew up in
Cohoes and later moved to Pittstown, N.Y.
He graduated from Cohoes High School in
1968. He attended Hudson Valley Community College and graduated in 1982 with an
associate in electrical construction degree.
Daniel enlisted in the United States Army on
August 12, 1968 in Albany, New York. He served in Vietnam from February 1,
1969 to June 30, 1969, in the 101st Airborne Division. Sergeant
Maloney completed two tours of duty in Vietnam. For his honorable service to
his country, Sergeant Daniel F. Maloney was awarded the Army Commendation Medal,
National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal,
Marksman Badge with Sharpshooter and M-14 bars, and Vietnam Campaign Medal with
1960 device. He was awarded the Colonel Robert Craner Service Medal from Mayor
John McDonald and in April 2011, Daniel was placed on the Memory Honor Roll Call
in Washington, D.C.
Danny married Patricia (Cronin) Maloney on
April 7, 1973 at the Sacred Heart Church in Cohoes, N.Y. and from that union
they had two sons: Joseph and Tory and one daughter, Angela. They were blessed
with three grandchildren: Tory Jr., Joshua, and Erica.
Daniel was employed with Bendix in Green
Island for several years. He then gained employment at the Watervliet Arsenal
and retired after 25 years of service as a licensed master electrician.
He was a communicant of St. Augustine’s
Church in Lansingburgh and an active member of the Agent Orange Veterans
Programs. Danny enjoyed going to camp with his wife and family for long
weekends to fish and see friends. Danny took special interest in always helping
others, no matter the time of day, you could always count on him.
Sadly, Daniel F. Maloney passed
away on February 23, 2007 and was buried at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga
National Cemetery, Schuylerville, New York.
ANTHONY JOSEPH CYBULSKI
Anthony Joseph Cybulski was born in Colts Neck, New Jersey on April 28, 1925 to
parents Frank and Mary (Witkowski) Cybulski. He had two brothers: Frank and
He attended Red Bank, NJ High School from 1939 – 1943.
On June 29, 1943, Anthony enlisted into the
United States Navy. On July 6, 1943 he entered into active service in Camden,
New Jersey. Gunner’s Mate Second Class Anthony Cybulski served aboard the LCI-R
651 during World War II near the island of Iwo Jima. He was honorably
discharged from the US Navy at Lido Beach, Long Island, N.Y. on March 15, 1946.
For his honorable service to his country, Gunner’s Mate Second Class Anthony
Cybulski was awarded the Naval Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation Ribbon with
valor-device, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with arrowhead
device, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 Service Stars, Combat Action
Ribbon, Navy Occupation Service Medal w/Asia Bar, American Campaign Medal, WWII
Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal, Philippine Independence Medal, WWII
Honorable Discharge “Ruptured Duck”, WWII Pacific Campaign Commemorative Medal –
1941-1945, and the 50th Anniversary WWII Commemorative Medal.
Anthony “Shorty” married Eleanor “Peggy”
(Riddle) Cybulski on November 25, 1949 in Farmingdale, NJ. From that union,
they had three sons: Joseph, James, and Thomas and one daughter, Toni Anne.
They were blessed with 5 grandchildren: Erin, Jill, Gary, Joel, and Dena; 4
great-grandchildren: Emily, Katelin, Morgan, and Gabriel. He raised his family
in Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey. He relocated to Averill Park, New York
after his retirement to live with his son Joseph and daughter-in-law, Carol.
He retired as a truck driver from the Shore Point Distributing Company of
He was a communicant of St. Catherine’s Roman Catholic Church, charter member of
the Knights of Columbus in Spring Lake, NJ and honorary member of the Kiwanis
Club of Sand Lake, N.Y. Shorty enjoyed crossword puzzles and he also enjoyed
sports, especially horse racing. Most of all, he loved spending time with his
Sadly, Anthony “Shorty” Cybulski
passed away on January 26, 2012 and was buried in Spring Lake, New Jersey.
RYAN JAMES SAVARD
Ryan James Savard was born in Salt Lake
City, Utah on February 27, 1983 to parents Sergeant Major Garett and Marie
(Cutler) Savard. Ryan had five sisters: Rachel, Rebekah, Virginia, Karen and
Mariah and two brothers: Jedidiah and Garett. Ryan lived in Utah until he was 5
years old, moved to New Hampshire until he was 17 and moved to Sierra Vista,
Arizona before entering the United States Army.
He graduated from Buena High School in
Sierra Vista, AZ in 2001.
Ryan enlisted in the United States Army on
August 29, 2001 and began his training as a helicopter repairer. After
completion of Initial Entry Training, he was assigned to Bravo Company, 7th
Battalion, 159th Aviation in Gieblstadt, Germany. He served for 2
years as a UH-60 repairman. While assigned to the 159th Aviation,
Ryan was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He graduated
from the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School in June
2004 to become a Special Forces weapons sergeant. Upon graduating from the
Special Forces Qualification Course, Ryan was assigned to Company A, 3rd
Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, N.C.,
where he served as a Special Forces Company Assistant Operations Sergeant and a
Special Forces weapons sergeant. Sergeant Savard was assigned to Operations
Detachment Group Support Battalion, 3rd SFG (A) in 2008 where he
served as a Senior Special Forces weapons sergeant. He was deployed three times
to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. In May 2010, Sergeant Savard was
assigned as a Special Operations Team Member, U.S. Army Special Operations
Command. For over two years, he performed this duty, deploying twice in support
of Operation Enduring Freedom. For his honorable service to his country,
Sergeant First Class Ryan James Savard was awarded the Bronze Star Medal (2nd
Award), Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal (3rd Award), Joint
Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3rd Award), Joint
Meritorious Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Commendation, U.S. Army Good Conduct
Medal (3rd Award), National Defense Service Ribbon, Kosovo Campaign
Medal with Bronze Service Star, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with 4 Bronze Service
Stars, Global War On Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War On Terrorism
Service Medal, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon with
numeral 3, U.S. Army Service Ribbon, U.S. Army Overseas Service Ribbon with
numeral 2, NATO Medal with Bronze Service Star, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab,
Combat Infantryman Badge, Aviation Badge, Military Free Fall Parachutist Badge,
Parachutist Badge, and five Overseas Service Bars. He was posthumously awarded
the Bronze Star Medal (3rd Award), the Defense Meritorious Service
Medal, and the Purple Heart.
Ryan J. Savard married Kayla (Fritz) Savard on
March 8, 2005 in Sierra Vista, Arizona.
The Warrior Leader Course, Basic Airborne
Course, Survival Evasion Resistance Escape High Risk Survival Course, Special
Forces Qualification Course, Advanced Leader Course, Special Operations Weapons
Sergeant Course, Special Operations Language Training-French, Special Operations
Target Interdiction Course, ULLS-A Course, Ranger Course, Special Forces
Advanced Reconnaissance Target Exploitation Course, Advanced Land Navigation
Course, Free Fall Parachutist Course, Senior Leader Course, and the Static Line
He was a member of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ryan enjoyed skiing and sky-diving. He was very
interested in being a weapons & tactics expert.
Sadly, Ryan James
Savard was killed in action on October 12, 2012 in Afghanistan and was buried at
Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
RICHARD T. SMITH
Richard T. Smith was born in Troy, New York on December 26, 1919 to parents John
and Margaret (Tanham) Smith. He had two brothers: Albert and Thomas.
He attended grade school at St. Augustine in Lansingburgh, N.Y. and graduated
from high school at Lansingburgh High School.
Richard entered the United States Army shortly after the United States was
attacked at Pearl Harbor. On August 20, 1942, Private Richard Smith was
appointed to Technician 5th Grade, Field Artillery, Co I, 68th
Armored Regiment at Camp Chaffee, Arkansas. He was wounded on May 28, 1944
while serving in Italy. He also served with the Company “B”, 601st
Tank Destroyer Battalion in Southern France on September 1944. On April 14,
1945 near Bamberg, Germany, upon sighting about 10 enemy soldiers who were
preparing to blow up a vitally needed bridge, Technician 5th Grade
Smith disregarded the extreme danger involved, crept about 150 yards to a
position only 50 yards from the bridge and engaged the enemy. Although he was
armed with only a carbine, he fired so fast and accurately that he killed at
least 3 of the enemy and wounded one. The rest fled. This action allowed our
armor to continue on to their objective. Sadly, Technician 5th Grade
Richard T. Smith was killed in subsequent action. For his brave and honorable
service to his country, Technician 5th Grade Richard T. Smith was posthumously
awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Silver Star Medal and Purple Heart.
He was buried in the United
States Military Cemetery St. Avold east of Metz, France. In August 1948,
Richard’s remains were brought home. His final resting place is at St. John’s
Cemetery in Lansingburgh, New York.
NICHOLAS H. GRINALDO
Nicholas H. Grinaldo was born in Troy, New
York on November 1, 1920 to parents Samuel L. and Grace (DiStefano) Grinaldo.
Nicholas had four sisters: Mary, Josephine, Angela and Marguerite and one
He attended the Troy Schools.
On February 27, 1940, Nick enlisted into the
New York National Guard. He served with Company C, 105th Infantry,
27th Infantry Division as a squad leader. Staff Sergeant Nicholas
Grinaldo sustained injuries to his shoulder from machine gun fire, as well as
shrapnel in his hip on July 7, 1944 during the Battle of Saipan. He also saved
the life of his wounded friend, Sam Dinova during that battle. He was honorably
discharged on September 9, 1945. For his brave and honorable service to his
country, Staff Sergeant Grinaldo was awarded the Bronze Star, New York State
Conspicuous Service Star, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, American Defense
Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and two Purple Hearts.
Nicholas married Virginia (Pettignelli)
Grinaldo on November 17, 1945 at St. Patrick’s Church in Troy, New York and from
that union they had one son: Nicholas, Jr. and one daughter: Virginia. They
were blessed with two grandchildren: Eric and Daryl and two great-grandchildren:
Samuel and Maxwell.
Nick owned and operated Nick’s Shoe Store on
the corner of Douw & River Streets in Troy for 35 years (1953-1988). The store
was opened in 1917 by his uncle and was originally named Trojan Quick Shoe
He was an active member of the Military
Order of the Purple Heart, Tibbits Cadets, Emerald Athletic Club, the Italian
Community Center, the Troy Central Rod and Gun Club, and the American Legion.
He was an avid outdoorsman and taught most of his family how to fish and/or
hunt. Nick enjoyed tending to his garden, cooking for his family and friends,
and summer nights at his camp on Lake Champlain or Schroon River.
Sadly, Nicholas H.
Grinaldo passed away on November 9, 2012 and was buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery
JAY E. ARNOLD, SR.
Jay Edward Arnold, Sr. was born in Hoosick
Falls, New York on August 25, 1934 to parents Charles and Alma (Wood) Arnold.
Jay had nine sisters: Mary, Barbara, Gail, Linda, Charlene, Sherry, Rosemary,
Geraldine, and Mildred and three brother: Charles Jr., Leeward, and John.
He attended Hoosick Falls Central School and
the United States Armed Forces Institute.
Jay enlisted into the US Air National Guard
in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. at the age of 14. He received a general discharge from
the Air National Guard on February 8, 1951. He enlisted into the US Air Force
in Troy, N.Y. on August 4, 1952. Jay served as a weapons maintenance supervisor
and crew chief through the Korean War and Vietnam War. On August 31, 1972,
Technical Sergeant Jay Arnold retired honorably from the US Air Force at
Plattsburgh AFB, N.Y. after 20 years of dedicated service. For his brave and
honorable service to his country, TSgt. Arnold was awarded the Air Force
Longevity Service Award with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Vietnam Service Medal,
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Air Force Good Conduct Medal with 2 Oak Leaf
Clusters, and the National Defense Service Medal. Upon his retirement from the
US Air Force, Jay enlisted into the US Air Force Reserves and served until he
was honorably discharged on September 22, 1980.
Jay married Elizabeth (Tifft) Arnold on July 1,
1955 at Hoosick Falls Catholic Church in Hoosick Falls, New York and from that
union they had two sons: Jay, Jr. and Barry and two daughters: Robin and Tina.
They were blessed with seven grandchildren: Stephanie, Stephen, Jay III,
Christopher, Misty, Barry, and Brandi.
After 20 years of military life, he was
employed with Griffin Brothers Auto, Reynolds Tool and Die, and Columbia Box
Corporation where he retired from due to poor health.
He was a member of the VFW in Hoosick
Falls. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, stock car and go cart
racing, camping, and spending time with his grandchildren.
Sadly, Jay E. Arnold, Sr. passed
away on February 26, 1991 and was buried in Center Shaftsbury Cemetery in
Cornelius Lester Gray was born in Troy, New York on May 26, 1924 to parents
Cornelius and Irene (Coffey) Gray. Cornelius had one brother, William.
He graduated from Christian Brothers Academy, attended Siena College upon
returning from WWII and enrolled in Georgetown University. Neil attended
intense courses at over 12 schools.
Neil enlisted into the US Army in Albany, New York on December 9, 1942. He
was chosen for intelligence work in Ceylon and Burma. He trained in jungle
navigation, weapons, explosives, radio code and evasions tactics. Sergeant Gray
served in WWII as second in command of a secret mission and also acted as both
security officer and medical officer on two of the main bases in the jungle. He
returned from WWII and continued his education, but was recalled to active duty
with the US Army for Korea in May of 1951. He was commissioned a second
lieutenant and assigned to the US Army Counterintelligence Corps at Fort
Holabird, Maryland. He continued to serve in classified intelligence
assignments in the US, Far East and Europe. During the Vietnam War, Major Gray
served as commanding officer assigned to the 11th Armored Calvary
Regiment. Major Gray retired from the Army in 1968 after 26 years of dedicated
service. For his brave and honorable service to his country, Major Cornelius L.
Gray was awarded over 30 medals, commendations and ribbons. A few to mention
are the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon w/bronze Arrowhead,
American Theater Ribbon, WWII Victory Ribbon, 3 Bronze Stars (one for each war),
Korean Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy
Unit Commendation, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, RVN Medal of
Honor, Air Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, National Defense Service Medal,
and the United Nations Medal.
Neil married Cheryl (Beaudoin) Gray on September 30, 1951 in Troy, New York
and from their union they had one daughter, Mary Jo.
After military retirement, he was employed with the Atomic Energy Commission’s
Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory as inspector of classified operations and later
by General Dynamic’s Electric Boat Division in the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion
Program as Director of Personnel.
He was a charter member of the North Albany American Legion Post, inducted into
the prestigious Air Commando Hall of Fame in Fort Walton, Florida, inducted into
the Grey Beret Hall of Fame in Hurlbut Field, Florida, Grand Marshall of the
Memorial Day Parade in Albany, Grand Marshall of the Troy Veteran’s Day Parade
and Grand Marshall of the Menands Veteran’s Day Parade. One of his most notable
assignments was serving as John F. Kennedy’s bodyguard in Europe during his
had a great sense of humor, loved people and animal; especially training horses
and his pet dog. He enjoyed golf, eating at church breakfasts, pictures of
loved ones. He thoroughly enjoyed his Irish heritage and was honored by being
“Mr. Limerick” in the North Albany Parade.
Cornelius Lester Gray passed away on December 28, 2012 and was buried with
military honors in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands.
Alan J. Morrill
Alan J. Morrill was born in Schenectady, New
York on August 23, 1925 to parents Giles and Alice (Dwyer) Morrill. Alan had 2
brothers: James and Giles and 1 sister, Joann.
He graduated from Nott Terrace High School
in Schenectady, NY. He completed 2 years at Siena College and attended
Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. He relocated to Troy in 1992 after he
Alan was inducted into the United States
Army Air Force in Albany, New York on November 4, 1943. He rose to the ranks
and became a Corporal. His military occupation was being an instructor during
World War II. He was discharged on February 17, 1946 at Fort Dix, New Jersey.
For his brave and honorable service to his country, Corporal Alan J. Morrill was
awarded the American Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and World War II Victory
Alan was the proud father on three sons: Alan,
Jr., Mark and Michael and the loving grandfather of Tyler. He was the loving
companion of Kathleen Dwyer.
He retired from the Good Year Tire Co.
located in the Port of Albany after more than 30 years of employment, as the
He was a member of the Colonie Elks 2192.
Alan loved camping, working on cars, traveling, spending winters in Myrtle
Beach, South Carolina, cooking and target practicing with his sons. Most of
all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.
Alan J. Morrill passed away on December 24, 2012 and was buried in St. Peter’s
Cemetery in Troy, New York.
KENNETH L. SUNKES, JR.
Kenneth L. Sunkes,
Jr. was born in Cohoes, New York on December 20, 1959 to parents Kenneth and
Doris (Thompson) Sunkes, Sr. Kenneth had 1 brother: John and 5 sisters: Holly,
Heidi, Cindy, Constance and Robin. He grew up in Johnsonville and Cohoes.
After his military career retirement, he resided in Lansingburgh.
He attended grade
school in the Cohoes Central School District. Ken graduated from Hoosic Valley
High School in June 1974.
Ken enlisted into
the United States Marine Corps in Houston, Texas on March 1978. Staff Sergeant
Kenneth L. Sunkes, Jr. served his country for 15 years. He was a helicopter
crew chief and flew combat missions during the first Iraq War and the liberation
of Kuwait. He was honorably discharged on April 1, 1993. For his brave and
honorable service to his country, Staff Sergeant Sunkes, Jr. was awarded the
National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (5th
Award), Letter of Appreciation, Good Conduct Medal (5th Award),
Meritorious Unit Citation (2nd Award), Navy Unit Commendation,
Meritorious Mast (3rd Award), Pistol Marksman Badge, Humanitarian
Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, Kuwait
Liberation Medal and Air Medal with Numeral “1”.
Ken married Patricia
(Hathaway) Sunkes on February 25, 2012 in Troy, New York. He was the father of
daughter, Laura, step-daughter Michelle and four step-daughters from his
marriage to Patricia: Tammy, Carrie, Billy Jo and Michelle. He was blessed with
For several years, he
was the general manager of The Barn Restaurant in Tustin, California. He moved
back to the area in 2003 and was employed through the years with Price Chopper
Markets, McAvoy Development and BLC Construction of Cohoes.
He was the Chaplain,
honor guard member and bartender of the Vets of Lansingburgh, member of the Troy
Marine Corp League, VFW of Waterford, and American Legion of Mechanicville. Ken
was a diehard NY Yankees and NY Giants fan. He enjoyed bartending, marching in
parades, cooking, gardening, but most of all, Ken loved spending time with his
family and friends.
L. Sunkes, Jr. passed away on July 21, 2012 and was buried with military honors
in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
CHARLES F. O’CONNOR
Charles Francis O’Connor was born in Troy, New York on October 7, 1931 to
parents Charles and Helen (Cullinan) O’Connor. Charles had 1 brother, William
(Butch). He grew up in Valley Falls, New York. After his military career and
retirement, he resided in Johnsonville, New York.
He was a graduate of Hoosic Valley Central High School and attended Troy
Charles enlisted into the United States Marine Corps in Albany, New York on
February 26, 1951. He proudly served during the Korean War and the Vietnam
War. Charles rose through the ranks during his 20 year career and retired as a
Captain. He was honorably discharged on February 28, 1971. For his brave and
honorable service to his country, Captain Charles F. O’Connor was awarded the
Good Conduct Medal w/5 Stars, National Defense Service Medal w/1 Star, Vietnam
Service Medal w/1 Star, Certificate of Commendation, Treasury Department
Citation, Vietnam Campaign Medal w/device, RVAF MUC of Gallantry Cross w/frame &
Palm, Navy Achievement Medal w/V, Meritorious Unit Citation, Combat Action
Ribbon, Certificate of Achievement, Korean Service Medal w/3 Stars, Korean
Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal and Vietnam Cross of
Gallantry w/Bronze Star.
|Charles married Ruth (Speanburg) O’Connor on November 7, 1953 in Valley
Falls, New York. He was the father of three daughters: Theresa, Joan, and
Denise and one son, Thomas. He was blessed with eight grandchildren: Erika,
Joshua, Jessica, Tiffany, Steven, Kristen, Kyle, and Monica and eight
great-grandchildren: Ayden, Ryleigh, Kylee-Marie, Matthew, Mason, Haylie,
Bentley, and Julianna.
After his 20 year service in the USMC, Charlie was employed with Prudential
Insurance Co. in Troy, New York for 10 years.
Charlie was active in the Boy Scouts of America, Little League, the Catholic
Education Program at St. Monica’s Church in Johnsonville, Johnsonville
Ambulance, Johnsonville Fire Co. and Fire Police, Knights of Columbus, VFW Post
1938 in Valley Falls, American Legion Post 731 in Schaghticoke, honor guard at
the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery. He worked on the Town Board
of Assessment in Pittstown for a few years, a member of the Schaghticoke Fair
Association and loved working the main gate and parking cars. Charlie was a
communicant of the former St. Monica’s Church in Johnsonville, the former St.
George’s Catholic Church in Pittstown, and the St. Augustine’s Church in
Lansingburgh. He was an avid spectator at Hoosic Valley girls and boys
basketball games. He loved the ocean and attended several family reunions in
Virginia Beach, Emerald Isle and Nags Head, NC. He enjoyed vacationing with his
grandchildren and was always ready to travel.
Sadly, Charles F. O’Connor passed
away on December 6, 2012 and was buried at St. John’s Cemetery in Schaghticoke,