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2013 Honor A Veteran Ceremony's

Date of Ceremony Name of Deceased 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.
1933–1987

FAMILY HISTORY:
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. 

EDUCATION:
Joseph enlisted in the US Navy at age of 17 and obtained his GED while in the Navy. 

HISTORY:
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 Commendation.

PERSONAL:
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.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
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.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
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. 

Sadly, Joseph 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.
1924–1991

FAMILY HISTORY:
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. 

EDUCATION:
He graduated from Sacred Heart School, Catholic Central High School and Siena College.    

HISTORY:
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.

PERSONAL:
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.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
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.  

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
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, New York.

DANIEL F. MALONEY
1949–2007

FAMILY HISTORY:
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.

EDUCATION
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.    

HISTORY:
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.

PERSONAL:
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.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
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.  

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS
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
1925–2012

FAMILY HISTORY:
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 Bill. 

EDUCATION:
He attended Red Bank, NJ High School from 1939 – 1943. 

HISTORY:
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.

PERSONAL:
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.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
He retired as a truck driver from the Shore Point Distributing Company of Freehold, NJ.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
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 family.

Sadly, Anthony “Shorty” Cybulski passed away on January 26, 2012 and was buried in Spring Lake, New Jersey.

RYAN JAMES SAVARD
1983–2012

FAMILY HISTORY:
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.

EDUCATION:
He graduated from Buena High School in Sierra Vista, AZ in 2001. 

HISTORY:
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.

PERSONAL:
Ryan J. Savard married Kayla (Fritz) Savard on March 8, 2005 in Sierra Vista, Arizona.

MILITARY COURSES:
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 Jumpmaster Course.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
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
1919-1945

FAMILY HISTORY:
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. 

EDUCATION
He attended grade school at St. Augustine in Lansingburgh, N.Y. and graduated from high school at Lansingburgh High School. 

HISTORY:
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
1920-2012

FAMILY HISTORY:
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 brother: Angelo. 

EDUCATION:
He attended the Troy Schools.

HISTORY:
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.

PERSONAL:
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.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
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 Repair.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
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 in Troy.

JAY E. ARNOLD, SR.
1934-1991

FAMILY HISTORY:
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. 

EDUCATION:
He attended Hoosick Falls Central School and the United States Armed Forces Institute.   

HISTORY:
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.

PERSONAL:
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.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
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.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
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 Shaftsbury, VT.

Cornelius Lester Gray
1924–2012

FAMILY HISTORY:
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. 

EDUCATION:
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.   

HISTORY:
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.

PERSONAL:
Neil married Cheryl (Beaudoin) Gray on September 30, 1951 in Troy, New York and from their union they had one daughter, Mary Jo.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
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. 

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
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 Presidency. 

Neil 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. 

Sadly, Cornelius Lester Gray passed away on December 28, 2012 and was buried with military honors in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. 

Alan J. Morrill
1925-2012

FAMILY HISTORY:
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. 

EDUCATION:
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 retired.

HISTORY:
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 Medal.

PERSONAL:
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. 

WORK EXPERIENCE:
He retired from the Good Year Tire Co. located in the Port of Albany after more than 30 years of employment, as the Distribution Manager.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
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. 

Sadly, 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.
1959-2012

FAMILY HISTORY:
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.

EDUCATION:
He attended grade school in the Cohoes Central School District.  Ken graduated from Hoosic Valley High School in June 1974.

HISTORY:
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”.

PERSONAL:
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 sixteen step-grandchildren.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
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.

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
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.

Sadly, Kenneth 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
1931–2012

FAMILY HISTORY:
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.

EDUCATION:
He was a graduate of Hoosic Valley Central High School and attended Troy Business College.

HISTORY:
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.

PERSONAL:
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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.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
After his 20 year service in the USMC, Charlie was employed with Prudential Insurance Co. in Troy, New York for 10 years. 

COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS:
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, New York.