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Rensselaer County
2017 Honor A Veteran Ceremony's

Date of Ceremony Name of Deceased Veteran
January 9, 2017 None
February 13, 2017 Philip J. Minissale
March 13, 2017 John J. Flynn
April 10, 2017 John J. McCann
May 8, 2017 Edward F. Dougherty
June 12, 2017  
July 10, 2017  
August 14, 2017  
September 11, 2017  
October 10, 2017 **Tuesday**  
November 13, 2017  
December 11, 2017  




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 nephews.

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 service.

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. 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 Hollywood, California.


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 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.