2005 Honor a Veteran Archives

HAV - 2005

Robert H. Morisseau, US Air Force

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated Korean War veteran Robert H. Morisseau in a ceremony held on Monday, January 3, 2005, in the Cahill Room of the Albany County Office Building.  

Morisseau was born in Burlington, Vermont, but spent most of his life in Albany. He graduated from Cathedral High School before joining the United States Air Force in 1954. Morisseau served in the Air Force for more than three years, including a tour of duty in Japan. After serving in the military, he graduated from Hudson Valley Community College and worked for Montgomery Ward as an appliance repairman for 25 years and then as a rehab specialist for the City of Albany for nine years until his retirement.

Morisseau was known as a “Jack of All Trades” and enjoyed spending time with his wife of 44 years, Elizabeth, his children, Robert, Brian and Brenda and his grandchildren.

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Sheila E. Furlong, US Marine Corps

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated Vietnam War veteran Sheila E. Furlong in a ceremony held on Monday, February 7, 2005, in the Cahill Room of the Albany County Office Building.  

Furlong was born on February 26, 1945 in Chicago and lived most of her life in Albany. She served in the United States Marine Corps as an administrative assistant from 1966 through 1969 during the Vietnam War. After her military service, she worked as a secretary for the New York State Office of Criminal Justice.

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George M. DeLong, US Army

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated World War II veteran George M. DeLong in a ceremony held on Monday, March 7, 2005, at the Legnard Curtain American Legion Post in Green Island.

DeLong, a lifelong resident of Green Island, joined the United States Army in 1942 and served in Europe during World War II as a medical technician. He was employed by the Golub Corporation in Schenectady for 45 years, retiring in 1982 as director of transportation and warehousing.

He was an active member of the Legnard Curtin American Legion Post, the Catholic War Veterans, the Vagabond Club and the Troy Elks Club as well as a communicant of St. Joseph’s Church in Green Island.

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John Liburdi, US Army

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated Korean War veteran John Liburdi in a ceremony held on Monday, April 4, 2005, in the Cahill Room of the Albany County Office Building.  

Liburdi, a lifelong resident of Latham, attended Watervliet High School until 1947 when he joined the United States Army. He served in the 24th Infantry Division during the Korean War and earned the Combat Infantry Badge and received two Purple Hearts. Liburdi left high school to volunteer for the Army and was awarded his high school diploma in 2002 in appreciation for his service to our country.

Liburdi was an employee with the North Colonie School District for 33 years, starting as a bus driver and later as a custodian at Loudonville, Blue Creek and Boght Hills Elementary Schools. He retired in 1987 as head custodian at Shaker High School. He also was past president of the CSEA Union for the School District. After his retirement, he operated John of Cohoes Antiques and Collectibles for several years.

Liburdi was a member of the Colonie Elks Club for 25 years and a long time member and past commander of Latham Memorial Post #7411, VFW as well as an active member of several Masonic organizations, serving as past master of Evening Star Masonic Lodge #75 F&AM, Latham.

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William Carey, US Marine Corps

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated World War II veteran William Carey in a ceremony held on Monday, May 2, 2005, at the North Albany American Legion Post at 35 North First Street in Albany.

Carey, a lifelong resident of Albany, graduated from Public School 20 and Christian Brothers Academy. During the late 1930’s, he played semi-pro football for Sacred Heart. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1941, serving during World War II with the First Marine Raider Battalion, known as Edsons Raiders, at Guadal Canal. He received the Purple Heart and Silver Star.

Carey was a member of the Local 12 Ironworkers’ Union for over 45 years and served on the executive board. An active member of the community, he served as manager of North Albany Little League for many years and was a longtime member and past commander of the North Albany American Legion Post. He was also a longtime member of the Albany Elks Lodge, the Albany Ancient Order of Hibernian, the North Albany Limericks and Sacred Heart Church.

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John J. Brennan, US Army

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated Korean War veteran John J. Brennan at a ceremony held on Monday, June 6, 2005, at the Legnard American Legion Post in Green Island.

Brennan was a lifelong resident of Green Island and a graduate of Catholic Central High School.  He served in the United States Army during the Korean War in the North Atlantic from December 1951 to March 1953.

Brennan was employed by the Bendix Corporation for 32 years, retiring as a manufacturing scheduler in 1980.  He was also a self-employed television repairman.  An active member of the community, he was a lifelong member of the Legnard-Curtin American Legion Post and communicant of St. Joseph’s Church, where he also served as the custodian.

Brennan was a talented craftsman and enjoyed building handmade wood furniture in his retirement as well as spending time with his two grandchildren Timothy and Kelly and following the Yankees, Giants and Notre Dame football games.

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Donald J. Mero, US Army

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated Korean War veteran Donald J. Mero at a ceremony held on Tuesday, July 5, 2005, in the Cahill Room of the County Office Building at 112 State St. in Albany.

Mero was born in Willsboro, NY on August 18, 1930 and lived most of his life in Albany.  He served in the United States Army from March 1951 to February 1953 during the Korean War.

After the war, Mero was a firefighter for the City of Albany Fire Department for more than 26 years, retiring in 1984.  He was devoted to his family and community, always putting the needs of others before his own and helping neighbors in need.

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Richard J. Barrett, US Army

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated World War II veteran Richard J. Barrett at a ceremony on Monday, August 1, 2005, in the Cahill Room of the County Office Building at 112 State St. in Albany.

Barrett, born in Ireland on September 8, 1908, lived most of his life in Albany.  He served in the United States Army from January 1942 to September 1945 and was stationed in Pine Camp, NY during World War II.  He was employed as a butcher at the A&P Supermarket in Albany for many years.  Barrett was devoted to his family and dedicated to his community, serving as treasurer of the Albany West End Little League and a member of the Blessed Sacrament of Holy Names Church.

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Robert Chesnut, Jr., US Army

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated World War II veteran Robert Chesnut, Jr. at a ceremony on Tuesday, September 6, 2005, in the Cahill Room of the County Office Building at 112 State St. in Albany.

Chesnut was born in Albany in 1920 and graduated from Rensselaer High School.  He joined the United States Army in 1942 and served as an automotive mechanic in North Africa and Italy during World War II.  He received a Purple Heart and numerous other medals and decorations.

After the war, Chesnut moved to Altamont in 1950 and served as a parts manager for the former Westfall Chevrolet, Marsh Hallman Chevrolet and Altamont Auto Parts for many years.  He was very active in the veterans' community, serving as a lifetime member of the Helderberg American Legion Post 977, a lifetime member, past commander and head of the color guard of the Boyd Hilton VFW Post 7062 and a lifetime member of the Altamont American Legion Post.  Chesnut was best known for his dedication to improving the Boyd Hilton VFW Post, where he spent countless hours remodeling the Post building.  He also served as a Little League coach and was a longtime member of the Helderberg Rod and Gun Club.

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Anthony Sheldon, US Army

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated Korean War veteran Anthony W. Sheldon at a ceremony on Monday, October 3, 2005, in the Cahill Room of the County Office Building at 112 State St. in Albany.

Sheldon was a lifelong resident of Albany and graduated from Philip Schuyler High School.  In 1953 he joined the United States Army and served in Germany during the Korean War.  He was a dedicated member of the Albany Police Department for 33 years.  Beginning as a patrolman in 1956, he quickly became a detective in the Night Squad and retired as a sergeant in 1989.  He was an active member of the Sheehy-Palmer VFW Post and in his spare time enjoyed repairing cars and motorcycles.  Sheldon was deeply committed to his family and loved spending time with his five children and many grandchildren.  He was married to his wife Marcia for 48 years.

The Honor-A-Veteran ceremony is held every first Monday of the month to honor a deceased veteran of the community.

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Arthur H. Eagan, US Navy

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated Korean War veteran Arthur H. Eagan at a ceremony on Monday, November 7, 2005, in the Cahill Room of the County Office Building at 112 State St. in Albany.

Arthur H. Eagan was a lifelong resident of Albany and graduated from Cathedral Academy and Siena College.  He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War as a pilot on an aircraft carrier.  

After receiving a medical discharge from the Navy, Arthur returned to Albany and earned his master's degree in social work from the University at Albany.  He worked first as a caseworker for the Albany County Department of Social Services in child protective services and later become director of staff development, retiring after 33 years of service.  Arthur also served as a deacon at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for 22 years.  He was a member of the first class of 21 deacons ordained by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany in 1976.

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Joseph Putorti, Sr., US Army

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated World War II veteran Joseph A. Putorti, Sr. at a ceremony on Monday, December 5, 2005, in the Cahill Room of the County Office Building at 112 State St. in Albany.

Putorti was born in Whitehall, NY and was a longtime resident of the City of Albany.  He joined the United States Army in 1943, served in Europe during World War II and was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, the American Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. 

Putorti was retired from Crisafulli Brothers Plumbing & Heating Contractors, where he served as office manager for 26 years.  He also worked part-time for 25 years maintaining Bleecker Stadium for the City of Albany Parks Department.  He was a founding member of the West End Little League, where he served as vice-president for numerous years.  Putorti was a longtime member of the Albany Twilight League, where he served as an umpire and commissioner and in 1997 was inducted into the League's Hall of Fame.  He was also a member of the Scully American Legion Post, served as a Democratic committeeman for Albany County and supervised the Bleecker Stadium Teen Center for many years.

The Honor-A-Veteran ceremony is held every first Monday of the month to honor a deceased veteran of the community.

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