Albany County
162 Washington Avenue | Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 447-7710 | Fax: (518) 447-7714
Hours: Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 4:30pm
Ken Secor, Director

2018 Honorees

HAV - 2018

George J. Bruno, US Army


George J. Bruno was born on January 23, 1923 in Pheedon Hills, Pennsylvania.

George entered the United Stated Army in 1944 and served until 1946.

He received the Purple Heart, Good Conduct, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign with Bronze Star Attachment and WWII Victory Medal. After the war, he went on to hold various positions for Albany area businesses. He worked as a Shop Superintendent for Clausen Iron, Pest Control Technician with Harry W. Linindoll Pest Control Company, and later as an Operating Engineer with International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 106. 

George J. Bruno was an extraordinary man and a brave soldier. He was married to his wife Catherine and had three children, Judith, Barbara, and Mark.


LeRoy K. Livingston, US Marines Corps


LeRoy K. Livingston was born on June 13, 1936 in Albany New York.

LeRoy entered the United States Marines Corps. in 1953 and served until 1956.

At 17 years old LeRoy enlisted in the Marines. Soon after enlisting, he was station in Okinawa, Japan during the Korean War. After the war, he went on to work for Wells Fargo and General Electric. During this times he was also a self-employed handyman doing home repairs and carpentry work. In 2002 LeRoy was awarded his high school diploma from South Colonie school district under “Operation Recognition,” a program that recognizes the devotion and sacrifice of veterans who left school early.

LeRoy K. Livingston was an extraordinary man and a brave soldier. He was married to his wife Joan and had six children- Bonnie, Patricia, Deborah, Tracy, Michael and Joseph.


John J. Brisee, US Army


John Brisee was born on March 2, 1959 in Albany, New York. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1976 at the age of 17 and served until 2010.

John proudly served out Country for over 33 years. His battles and campaigns include the Cold War and the War on Terrorism. As a Sergeant First Class, he has received many medals and commendations.

John J. Brisee was an extraordinary man, a brave and a loving father.


John F. O'Donnell, US Army


John O'Donnell was born on March 8, 1921 in Albany, New York.

He enlisted in the United States Army on August 31, 1942 at the age of 21 and served until February 4, 1946.

John proudly served our County as a Sergeant in the Military Police during World War II. He has received a number of Medals and commendations including the American Theater Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal. As a Military Policeman, he enforced military laws and guarded military property. After serving in the military, John became a city of Albany firefighter with Ladder #1.

John F. O’Donnell was an extraordinary man and a brave soldier.


Maurice M. Savage, US Army


Maurice M. Savage was born on October 10, 1939 in Tralee, Ireland. He enlisted in the Army on October 20, 1959 and served until November 9, 1992.

Maurice achieved the honorable rank of colonel during his 33 years of service to our country. He served as both enlisted and as an officer, becoming commissioned as an officer through Empire State Military Academy - Officer Candidate School. Upon his retirement from the military, Maurice remained with the NYS Division of the Military and Naval Affairs - HHD STARC as an Environmental Analyst and retired in 2001. He was a self-taught plumber, electrician, carpenter, painter and car mechanic.

Maurice M. Savage was known as a gentleman to the community, always lending a helping hand to others. He was an extraordinary man, a brave soldier, and a loving father grandfather.


Edward F. Hurley, US Navy


Edward F. Hurley was born on January 28, 1928 in Albany, NY.

He enlisted in the US Navy on March 2, 1948 and served until November 24, 1952.

Ed was a machinist for the U.S. Navy. He proudly served aboard the USS Tarawa CV-40 during the Korean War, and earned a Navy Occupation Service Medal. Upon his retirement from the BASF Corp., Ed became the director of the Albany County Veterans Bureau. He also served as past commander of Fort Orange Post 30.

Edward F. Hurley was a proud husband, father and grandfather.


Frederick Ollwerther, US Army


John W. Abbuhl, US Navy


John W. Abbuhl was born on June 27, 1926 in Troy, New York. He joined the Navy V-12 program and served during the Korean War.

John became a Naval Flight Surgeon stationed in both California and Japan during his time of service to our country. After his service he completed his pediatric residency and began his career in pediatrics that lasted for over 50 years. During this he was commended with achievements in becoming a founder of both the Pine Hollow Arboretum, and Cornwallville Conservation Corperation as well as being a founding member of the Schoolhouse Road Pediatrics and Mohawk Hudson Land Conservancy. John also served at Parson’s Child and Family Center, and was a Trustee Emeritus of the Cherry Hill Historic Society. He enjoyed landscaping, learning about plants and trees, and Longbow hunting.

John was known as a caring individual to the community and a brave soldier to our community.


Louis H. Williams Jr., US Marine Corps


Louis H. Williams Jr. was born on November 30, 1929 in Edgecombe Co., NC and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a tractor trailer driver in 1952.

Williams served in the Marine Corps for two years. He received the National Defense Service Medal for providing outstanding service during his tour of duty. When he returned home, he worked at the VA Hospital for several years, and then went on to have a successful career at the Capital District Transportation Authority. For 30 years he received high praise starting out as a driver then becoming the first African American transportation dispatcher. Williams was promoted to manager of safety and security and retired in 1993. Over the years, he has helped his community and was chairman of the Deacon’s Ministry, president of the First Men’s Ministry at the Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church. He was also president of the Hudson River Frontier Missionary Baptist Association Laymen’s Auxiliary.

Louis was known as a caring individual to the community and a brave soldier.


Anthony F. Schmitz, US Army


Anthony F. Schmitz was born on July 30, 1924 in Albany, New York and enlisted in the United States Army as a Private First Class.

He fought bravely in both the "Battle of Caves" in Anzio earning the Presidential Unit Citation and in the Invasion of Southern France also known as the division's fourth D-Day. He received many medals and commendations including the Bronze Star Medal, Army Good conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal (with Bronze Arrow head, Silver star & Bronze star), WWII Victory Medal, WWII Occupation Medal (with Germany clasp), New York State Conspicuous Service Cross, New York State Conspicuous Service Start, Army Presidential Unit Citation, Combat infantry Badge, French Legion of Honor and French Croix de Guerre (with palm).

When he returned home Tony Graduated from Siena College. He was employed by the U.S. Postal service and Albany County Department of Social Services. Tony was also a member of St. Pius X, and a life member of the American Legion. Tony was inducted to the Hall of Fames of the Mohawk- Battalion ROTC and the Bishop Maginn High School. Anthony F. Schmitz was known as a caring individual to the community, and a courageous soldier to our community.


George V. Ross, US Marine Corps


George V. Ross was born on September 21, 1926 in Albany, New York and enlisted in the United States Marines Corps.

Ross served in the Marine Corps for two years obtaining the rank of Private First Class with the 3rd Division 9th Regiment K Company during WWII in Guam and Iwo Jima. When he returned home, George joined the Albany police Department and then went into the dairy business where he worked for Central Dairy, Bordens and finally Crowley before retiring in 1995. George was an avid hunter and fisherman; he loved bowling and horse races and was the proud great-grandfather to seventeen great-grandchildren. George was also a member of the American Legion Zaloga Post as well as a lifetime Member of the William Dale O’Brien chapter of the Marine Corps League. 

George V. Ross was known as a caring individual to the community, and a courageous to our country..


Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy
ALBANY COUNTY Cares about our veterans