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2019 Honorees

HAV - 2019

David R. Torncella Jr., US Navy


David R. Torncello Jr. was born on March 8, 1926 in Bethlehem, PA. He enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a Seamen First Class.

David served in the Aviation Operations unit at the Naval Air Station in Alameda, California, earning the American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. When he returned home, David graduated from Siena College. For over 30 years he was an industrial engineer and the Director of Human Relations for Allegheny Ludlum Steel. Upon retiring at Allegheny Ludlum, he accepted the position of Assistant General Manager for the City of Watervliet, and he was a member of the Watervliet Elks Lodge #1500, a Post Commander of the Maplewood American Legion Post #1615, a parishioner of St. Basils Russian Orthodox Church, a College and High School basketball referee, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Watervliet Civic Center. He loved to travel, golf, ski and do activities with his family.

David R. Torncello Jr. was known as a caring individual to community, and a courageous soldier to our county.


Charles Chandler, US Army


Charles Chandler was born on July 4, 1948 in Albany, NY and was drafted into the United States Army to serve in Vietnam.

He became a Specialist 4 after completing Army Basic training and Medical Training. Charles, who was also known as "Waunchie," was soon called "Doc" by his fellow soldiers. They considered him selfless both on and off the battlefields of Vietnam and when his tour was up he volunteered to stay until his replacement arrived.

On April 13, 1969 while on a vehicle assaulting a bunker complex in Tay Ninh, Charles heard a fellow soldier who was injured up front, borrowed a weapon and went to his aid. He was injured during a firefight with the Viet Cong and died days later. He was 20 years old.

Charles was honored posthumously for his bravery with the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart in May 1969.


Charles J. Coleman, US Marine Corps


Charles J. Coleman was born March 19, 1936 in Albany, NY and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1956.

He served as aviation operations support with the 2nd MAW at the Marine Corps Air Station located in Chery Point, NC. He achieved the rank of Lance Corporal (LCpl) and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal for his courageous service.

Charles was a member of the Capt. WM. Dale O’Brien Marine Corps League for 58 years, serving as commandant from 1975-1976. He was a Pedigree Devil Dog and a lifetime member of the Polish American Citizens Club.

When He returned home from Cherry Point, NC, he worked for Freihofer’s Baking Company for 25 years.

Charles J. Coleman was known as a caring and selfless individual, and a brave serviceman to our country.


William T. Heiserman, US Marine Corps


William T. Heiserman was born on August 7, 1924 in Manhattan, NY and enlisted in the United States Marines Corps in 1943.

He served with the 5th Marine Division at the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II. Willian achieved the rank of corporal and was awarded the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal and the WWII Victory Medal for his courageous service.

William was a member of the Colonie Elks as well as a member of St. Margaret Mary's Senior Citizen group.

When he came home, William sold cars for Can Curler Lincoln Mercury Dealer in Schenectady, and then worked at Tobin Packing Co. in Albany for 25 years.

William T. Heiserman was known as a caring and selfless individual and a brave serviceman to our country.


Albany County ExecutiveDaniel P. McCoy
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