2007 Honor a Veteran Archives

HAV - 2007

Charles P. Mailloux, US Army

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Congressman Michael McNulty and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated World War II veteran Charles P. Mailloux, Sr. at a ceremony on December 3, 2007, in Albany.

Mailloux was born in Cohoes on June 23, 1921, and enlisted in the United States Army in 1940. Mailloux served in campaigns in Algeria, Tunisia, Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Germany and Aachen. For his distinguished service, Mailloux received several medals including a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and a Good Conduct Medal.

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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Alfred J. Gabriel, US Army

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Congressman Michael McNulty and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated World War II veteran Alfred J. Gabriel at a ceremony on November 5, 2007, in Albany.

Gabriel was born on February 5, 1924 and enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1943. Gabriel fought in the Battle of Normandy, Battle of the Bulge, Remagen Bridge Head, Rhine Crossing and St. Lou Breakthrough in Paris during World War II.

After the war, Gabriel returned home and worked for the Pepsi Cola Company until his retirement in 1984. Gabriel remained active in the community and helped organize the Town of Colonie Fire Police.

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Frank and William Kennedy, US Army

Frank and William Kennedy Each Served in General Patton's Third Army

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Congressman Michael McNulty and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated World War II veterans Frank X. Kennedy and William E. Kennedy Jr. at a ceremony on October 1, 2007, in Albany.

Frank and his younger brother William were both graduates of St. Patrick's Grade School and Cohoes High School. The brothers fought in World War II during the Battle of the Bulge.

Frank served in General Patton's Third Army, 87th Infantry Division, Co C-345 and was shot by a German sniper on March 4, 1945, nearly losing his life. After spending several months in overseas hospitals, Frank returned home to his wife and daughter. He served as First Ward Alderman on the Cohoes Common Council from 1980 until 2000. Frank was active in the Cohoes Community, serving as a trustee of St. Patrick's Church.

Corporal Bill Kennedy served in General Patton's Third Army, 8th Armored Division, Co A, 18th Tank Battalion. He served for two years before being killed in action at age 20. Corporal Kennedy was participating in a drive across the Roer River to the Rhine River and was hit by a 75mm high velocity shell from a German Mark V panther tank.

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

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John A. Houle, US Army

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Congressman Michael McNulty and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated World War II veteran John A. Houle at a ceremony on September 4, 2007, in Albany.

Houle was born on December 14, 1927 and was a longtime resident of Albany. He served as a Military Policeman in the United States Army from January 1946 to February 1947. Houle received the World War II Victory Medal for his service.

Houle was the owner of E&J Dry Cleaning and worked for Penn Central and Conrail until his retirement in 1989. He was a longtime member of the Watervliet Elks.

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Rocco L. Russo, US Army

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Congressman Michael McNulty and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated World War II veteran Rocco L. Russo at a ceremony on August 6, 2007, in Albany.

Russo was born on December 29, 1915 and was a lifetime resident of Albany. He served in the United States Army from 1942 until 1946 during World War II. Russo saw conflict in Normandy, France and fought during the Battle of the Bulge. For his service, Russo received the European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, American Service Medal and World War II Victory Medal.

Russo later went on to become the owner and proprietor of Rocky's Bar on Madison Avenue and South Pearl Street in Albany. He was also a member of the Pat Aiezza Post 1181 Catholic War Veterans Post.

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David J. Boudreau, US Army

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Congressman Michael McNulty and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated Vietnam veteran David J. Boudreau at a ceremony on July 2, 2007, in Albany.

Boudreau was born on May 6, 1947 and was a resident of Watervliet. He served in the United States Army from March 1967 to March 1970 during the Vietnam War. Boudreau received a Purple Heart, three Bronze Stars with valor and the NYS Conspicuous Service Cross.

Boudreau was employed with the GE Silicone Plant and Altech Steel in Watervliet and was a life member of the VFW Watervliet City Post #720.

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David M. Fisher, US Army National Guard

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Congressman Michael McNulty and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated Sergeant David M. Fisher at a ceremony on Monday, June 4, 2007, in Albany.

Sergeant David M. Fisher was born on June 12, 1983 and was raised in Watervliet. He attended St. Brigid's School, Watervliet Elementary School and is a 2001 graduate of Watervliet High School. He excelled on both the football and basketball teams and is remembered as a talented artist.

Fisher enlisted in the Army National Guard in November 2001 and was based with the 42nd Infantry Rainbow Division of the New York National Guard. He was deployed on May 15, 2004 and trained in Texas and California before going overseas to serve in Iraq with the Delta Company, 1st Battalion, 101st Calvary Regiment. Fisher was fatally injured on December 4, 2004 and was posthumously promoted to Sergeant on December 5.

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Frances M. Liberty, US Army

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Congressman Michael McNulty and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated Army Nurse Frances M. Liberty at a ceremony on May 7, 2007 in Albany.

Frances M. Liberty, also referred to as Lib, was born in Plattsburgh in 1923 and lived in Watervliet until her death in 2004. Lib enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps in 1943 and her Military career spans nearly three decades. During World War II, she served in field hospitals in England, Africa and Italy. Lib transported wounded soldiers from mobile army surgical hospitals (MASH units) to station hospitals during the Korean War. She also served three tours of duty in Vietnam and was recognized as an expert on MASH units. Frances retired from the Army as a Lt. Colonel in 1971 after 27 years of service to our country.

A true Capital Region Resident, Lib was a member of the Tri-County Council of Vietnam Veterans and was Grand Marshall of Albany's Memorial Day Parade in 2001.  She was also very active in establishing the World War II Veterans Memorial and was a member of the Retired Military Nurses Association and the Melvin Roads American Legion Post #1231.

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Edward J. Jones, Jr., US Navy

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Congressman Michael McNulty and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated World War II veteran Edward J. Jones, Jr., of Albany, at a ceremony on April 2, 2007, in Albany. 

Edward J. Jones, Jr. was born in Troy on May 10, 1926, and graduated from Catholic High School in Troy. Edward joined the United States Navy in 1944, and served in the South Pacific during World War II as a Seaman first class aboard the USS Chicago. He served until May 19, 1946.

After his service, Edward worked for the New York Central Railroad from 1948 to 1956 and was then employed with the Squires Company until 1960. He then worked for the Capital City Container Corporation in Albany until his death in 1970. Edward was an active member of St. Clare's Roman Catholic Church in Colonie and a member of St. Clare's Bowling and Golf Leagues.

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John Paul Liuzzi, US Navy

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Congressman Michael McNulty and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated World War II veteran John Paul Liuzzi at a ceremony on March 5, 2007, in Albany.

John Paul Liuzzi was born in Albany on August 18, 1917. He was blessed with incredible athletic gifts and became an outstanding athlete, earning 15 varsity letters for football, track, baseball and basketball in four years at Christian Brothers Academy. He became a local legend for his outstanding athletics, owning the city meet record in the 100 yard dash. In 1936, Liuzzi was invited to try out for the Olympic track team, where he raced against Jesse Owens, but an injury prevented him from actually making it to the Berlin Games.

Liuzzi went on to share his passion for sports at Vincentian Institute, serving as an assistant coach before being drafted into the Navy in 1944. He served as a mail specialist during the remainder of World War II at the U.S. Naval Hospital in San Diego. When Liuzzi returned to Albany, he became Vincentian Institute's head track coach and assistant head football coach until 1960. Liuzzi always had several jobs to support his family, working for the Post Office until his retirement in 1971, for many years at Hamle's meat market and at the World Fair Tavern.

Liuzzi was the first athlete inducted into the Christian Brothers Academy's hall of fame in 1981, and was inducted into the Bishop Maginn School Alumni Association hall of fame in 1991 as a coach at Vincentian Institute. Throughout his life, he continued to actively support both institutions, and many other community organizations.

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John L. Howe, Sr., US Army

Honoree Fought for Medal for Albany World War I Hero Henry Johnson

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated Vietnam veteran John L. Howe, Sr. at a ceremony on Monday, February 5, 2007, in Albany. 

Howe was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 9, 1946.  After graduating from high school, he volunteered to serve in the United States Army.  While serving with the 82nd Airborne Division as an infantry sergeant in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969, he was wounded twice, earning two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star.

After his military service, Howe graduated from the State University College at Old Westbury and worked for the federal and state government for several years.  In the 1980's he relocated to Albany when he became employed with the Urban Development Corp and later worked for Assemblyman Arthur Eve.  Howe also hosted an afternoon radio show on WQBK until 1997. 

Howe, a well-known advocate for veterans, was the driving force in the efforts to get formal recognition of the African American World War I hero, Sgt. Henry Johnson, who fought with the 369th Regiment, known as the Harlem Hell-Fighters.  In 2002, Henry Johnson was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and until his death Howe continued to push for the Medal of Honor.  Howe was an active member of many community and veterans organizations, including the 369th Veterans Association, Tri-County Council of Vietnam Era Veterans, the Henry Johnson American Legion Post, the 100 Black Men and the Black Catholic Apostolate-St. George Roman Catholic Church.  He also served as a role model for many young Boy Scouts, remaining active in the organization since his youth and serving as scoutmaster of the Arbor Hill Troop 5.

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William T. Mahoney, US Navy

Albany County Executive Mike Breslin, Congressman Michael McNulty and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated World War II veteran William T. Mahoney at a ceremony on January 2, 2007, in Albany.

Mahoney was born in Albany on September 7, 1927.  He graduated from Vincentian Institute, Albany Business College and Hudson Valley Community College.   He served during World War II in the United States Navy with the Seabees from 1944 to 1946 and later served with the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves and the U.S. Air Force Reserves. 

In 1949, Mahoney joined the Albany Police Department, where he served as a detective until 1966 when he joined the Albany County Sheriff's Department.  While working for the Sheriff, he attended the FBI National Academy and was promoted to Under Sheriff in 1977, serving in that position until his retirement in 1993.  He was an active member of the community, serving as past Albany County commander and past post commander of the VFW in Altamont, past president of the Altamont Businessman's Association and a member of the Helderberg American Legion Post, the B.P.O.E. and the Altamont Fair Board.

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