2017 Honor A Veteran
January 9, 2017
February 13, 2017
Philip J. Minissale
March 13, 2017
John J. Flynn
April 10, 2017
John J. McCann
May 8, 2017
June 12, 2017
July 10, 2017
August 14, 2017
September 11, 2017
October 10, 2017 **Tuesday**
December 11, 2017
PHILIP J. MINISSALE
Philip J. Minissale was born in Albany, New York on June 28, 1927. He was the
son of the late Tindaro and Carmela (Gregoli) Minissale. He was predeceased by
a sister-in-law, Rita Minissale.
Philip attended St. John’s Elementary School and Albany High School. He also
attended Rutgers University School of Management and Labor Relations.
Philip enlisted in the United States Navy on May 16, 1945. He took his basic
training at the Sampson Naval Training Center in Geneva, NY. He was assigned to
the U.S.S. Montauk (LSV-6) and he piloted the LST landing ships. Philip was the
recipient to the American Theatre Medal, Victory Medal and Asiatic Pacific
Medal. He was honorably discharged on August 11, 1946. On August 12, 1946,
Philip re-enlisted for four more years with the V-6 (inactive) USNR as Coxswain.
Philip is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Agnes
(Marino) Minissale; his children; Philip J. (Lorraine) Minissale, Jr., Cynthia
M. (John, Sr.) Lizzi, Theodore P. (Donna) Minissale, Sr.; his grandchildren,
John M. (Kelly) Lizzi, Jr., Anthony M. (Maria) Lizzi, Maria C. (Michael) Norelli,
Philip J. (Allison) Minissale, III, Theodore P. (Hannah) Minissale, Jr.,
Michelle M. (engaged to Nicholas Grant) Minissale; his brothers, Frank (Ersilia)
Minissale, and Anthony Minissale. He is also survived by many nieces and
Philip was employed with New York Life Insurance Company from 1947-1952. He
worked for Sterling Winthrop in Rensselaer where he retired after 35 years of
Philip was President of the Chemical Workers Union, Local 61; where he fought
for safer working conditions and negotiated contracts with the company. He was
a member of the American Legion Joseph E. Zaloga Post and the Colonie Elks.
Philip was a man of great faith, a devout Roman Catholic, who adored his wife
Agnes, love his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His greatest
joy was spending time with his family, working in their family restaurant;
Minissale’s. Philip also had a love for camping in the Adirondacks, gardening
and writing many love letters to his wife Agnes.
JOHN JOSEPH FLYNN, JR.
John Joseph Flynn, Jr. was born on September 28, 1932 in Troy, New York. John
was the son of the late John J. Flynn, Sr. and Frances (Pascucci Flynn) Burke.
John was predeceased by his sister; Frances and his brother; Christopher. He
grew up in Troy, New York and later resided in Hollywood, California.
John attended La Salle Institute in Troy, New York.
John served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1951-1972. He
was a five year combat veteran; serving two combat tours in Korea and three
combat tours in Vietnam. He was a two time recipient of the Purple Heart, BSM
w/Combat V, NCM w/Combat V, GCMDL w/4*, NCM 1*/Combat V, NATDEFSM w/1*, VSM w/1
Silver *, KSM w/3*, Korean PUC, VCM w/60 Device, UNSM CAR, NUC PH, and PUC. He
was known as a “Gunny.” John was a member of the first Marine Division, while
participating in operations against Insurgent Communist Forces in the Republic
of Vietnam. He also participated as a member of TG 79.5 (SLF B) in the
contiguous waters of Vietnam.
On April 12, 2003, John married his wife, Margaret Mary (Fennell) Flynn in St.
Patrick’s Church, Troy, New York. Along with his wife, John is survived by his
sister; Margaret (Flynn) Hartman; several nieces; a nephew, Arthur; and many
friends from both the East and West Coast, who are known to many as “Friends of
Bill W.” On March 13, 2016, John peacefully passed away at his home in North
After retiring from the United States Marine Corps, John became a member of the
Screen Actors Guild and spent the next thirty-five years of his life working on
stage, in films and television. One of his first jobs was playing the role as
Davey Crockett in a documentary for the Navy. He worked under the direction of
Blake Edwards, and doubled for Red Buttons and the late Jack Warden.
John had a love for acting and helping other veterans who suffered from PTSD.
He was a member of the Troy Purple Heart Club in Troy, New York.
Those who knew John never called him John; he was referred to as “Hollywood
John” or just “Hollywood.” Others called him “Sarge”, “The Gunny” or “Red.”
And if you asked any of these people what they thought about him, they would
tell you that he was one loving, generous, sharp and courageous man.
JOHN JOSEPH MCCANN
John Joseph McCann was born in Troy, New York on October 20, 1916. He was the
son of the late Charles E. McCann and Anna Powers McCann. John grew up in Troy
and later resided in North Albany. He returned to Troy where he resided for his
final 26 years until his death.
John attended St. Michael’s Grade School in Troy and Troy High School.
John enlisted in the United States Navy on April 1, 1944 during World War II.
He graduated from the U.S. Naval Training Center in Sampson, New York on April
22, 1944. He was a plank member of the USS, Cross-D.E. 448 which was christened
on January 8, 1945. John was the recipient of the Victory Medal, Asiatic 1 Star
and the American Campaign. He was honorably discharged on January 29, 1946.
On April 26, 1941, John married his wife Mildred Mary Carey McCann at Sacred
Heart Church in Albany, New York. He is survived by his children; Robert, Joan
Ragone, Jean Grady and Jack; his grandchildren; Kelly Ann, Kimberly Ann, Kristy
Ann, Kathleen Ann, Kerry, Michael, Todd, Joe, Brian and Justin. John is also
survived by a brother and sister; Charles and Helen.
John was employed with Ford Motor Co. in Green Island as a Senior Plant
Protection Guard, where he retired after 36 years in 1972.
John was a member of the North Albany Post 1610 American Legion. He was also a
communicant of St. Williams Church in Troy.
John also had a love for fishing, hunting, bowling and golf.