2012 Honor a Veteran Archives

HAV - 2012

Vincent J. Muraski, Sr., US Army

1920 - 2009

The Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated the life of Vincent J. Muraski, Sr. at a ceremony held January 3, 2012 at the Joseph E. Zaloga Post 1520 in Albany.

Vincent J. Muraski, Sr., a lifelong Albany resident, enlisted in the US Army in 1943 and became a staff sergeant in the famed 79th division, 315th infantry. Vincent was awarded the highest Army honors for his bravery and heroism. In November 1944, Vincent used anti-tank grenades to singlehandedly stop a group of German counter-attacks at Epinal Hill in Southern France. His brave action disbanded dozens of Germans and merited him the Silver Star. He was also awarded a Bronze Star for his heroism in Normandy, Northern France and the Rhineland Campaigns. During the Normandy invasion, Vincent carried his friend, who was unable to swim, to safety under heavy fire. Vincent was also awarded the Purple Heart when he suffered flesh wounds to his shoulder and back in the Rhineland Campaign at Hatton.

After his service, Vincent returned to Albany and worked as a milkman at Normanskill Farm Dairy and later worked at the U.S. Postal Service in Latham. He was an avid and talented golfer, and even when he went blind at age 71, he continued to play golf with the Capital District Blind Golfers League. Vincent was an active member of Our Lady of Assumption Church, the Joseph P. Zaloga American Legion Post, Military of the Purple Heart #5303, Colonie Elks #2192 and the Albany Polish American Citizens Club.

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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Robert L. "Pope" Powell, US Marine Corps

Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, Congressman Paul Tonko and the Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated the life of Vietnam War veteran Robert L. "Pope" Powell at a ceremony on Monday, February 6, 2012 at the Joseph E. Zaloga Post in Albany.

Born in Haverstraw, NY on July 7, 1947, Powell enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on July 1967. He was a Corporal in Company D the 1st Battalion with the 3rd Marine Division.  He was also in the Infantry and was a Rifleman 0311 and a Technician of Small Arms 0-50.56.  During his service, Powell was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 1 star, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with device and the Good Conduct Medal.

Powell worked for many years as a professional cook with "Cooking with Jazz for the Links" which sponsored scholarships for seniors.  He was a driving force in establishing the Homeless Vet Program in Albany.  Pope served as substance abuse counselor at the Bridge Center. A room was dedicated to him at Vanderheyden Hall for his lifelong accomplishments.

Powell was married to his wife Diane for 27 years and has five children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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Frank J. Addario, US Army, US Navy and US Coast Guard

1923 - 2011

The Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated the life of Frank J. Addario at a ceremony held March 5, 2012.

Frank J. Addario was born in Albany, New York  on April 20, 1923. He enlisted in 1943 and served his country in the U.S Army, Navy and Coast Guard. Frank was a stenographer and was qualified as an Expert Gunner. He served in Germany during World War II and was awarded the American Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal.

When he came home, Frank worked for the federal railroad and then as a supervisor for the U.S. Postal Service. While he worked for the railroad, Frank also owned a barber shop. He was a member of the Colonie Elks Lodge 2192 and the Joseph E. Zaloga Post 1520

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James M. Kulzer, US Army

The Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated the life of James M. Kulzer at a ceremony held April 2, 2012.

James M. Kulzer was born in Albany, New York on October 16, 1941. He enlisted in the US Army in 1967 and became a Specialist 5 with the famed 69th Armor attached to the 4th Infantry Division during the TET Offensive. James was trained as a Tanker and took part in some of the fiercest fighting of the Vietnam War. His tank hit a land mine. James was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal with two overseas bars, National Defense Service Medal and Army Accommodation Medal.

After his service, James was a driver for Nagengast Florist for over 30 years. He was a member of the Sheehy-Palmer VFW Post 6776, Tri-County Vietnam Veterans and the DAV.

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Thomas A. Grace, US Army

1913 - 1976

The Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated the life of Thomas A. Grace at a ceremony held May 7, 2012.

Thomas A. Grace was born in Albany, New York on November 24, 1913. He enlisted in the US Army in 1944 and became Master Sergeant in the NY ANG EOH unit during WWII. Thomas was awarded the American Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the WWII Victory Medal.

After his service, Thomas worked as an auto mechanic for Armory Garage and also worked for the NY Division of Military and Naval Affairs. Thomas was a member of the American Legion Fort Orange Post, The South End IME and was also Vice President of the Relief Society Albany, NY. Thomas was involved with Boy Scout Troop 8 sponsored through the Fort Orange Post from 1953 through 1956. He was also the Commander of Albany Post 1 - Vet of National Guard and NAV Military Veterans.

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Thomas C. Brady, US Army

1927 - 2011

The Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated the life of Thomas C. Brady at a ceremony held June 4, 2012.

Thomas C. Brady was born in Green Island, New York in 1927. He enlisted in the US Army in 1944 and served with the 4th Infantry Division in Europe during the Battle of the Bulge. Thomas was awarded a bronze star, the Combat Infantry badge and the WWII Victory Medal.

After his service, Thomas worked for Ford Motor Co. and was the director of the Albany County Veterans Bureau. Thomas was past commander of the VFW 729, Founder of the McNulty McCutcher VFW 259, Life member of DAV Chapter 38, Legnard Curtain American Legion, 4th Infantry Division and Battle of the Bulge Association and the Watervliet Elks.

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Bernard J. Nautel, US Army

1911 - 1962

The Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated the life of Bernard J. Nautel at a ceremony held July 2, 2012.

Bernard J. Nautel was born in Ogdensburg, New York in 1911. He enlisted in the US Army in 1942 and served as Staff Sergeant in the 1st Battalion 210th Armor Division until 1945. Bernard also served in the National Guard from 1945 until his death in 1962. Bernard was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Good conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with 2 bronze service stars, WWII Victory Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge 1st Award, Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII and a Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar.

After his service, Bernard worked with his brother in the plumbing and heating industry. Bernard was a member of the American Legion in Albany.

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Daniel B. Goldstein, US Navy

1925 - 2011

The Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated the life of Daniel B. Goldstein at a ceremony held August 6, 2012 on the USS Slater. A video of this ceremony is available.

Daniel B. Goldstein was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1925. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1943 and served as Radioman, 3rd Class on the USS Leslie L.B. Knox, USS Lamar and USS Ingersol. Daniel also served in the Naval Reserve. Daniel was awarded the American Theatre Medal, Victory Medal, European Theatre Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theatre Medal and the
Philippine Liberation Medal with 1 star.

After his service, Daniel was an accountant, President of the Board of B’nai B’rith Senior Housing, member and Treasurer of the Saratoga Lake Sailing Club and tutored children. Daniel was a member of the Jewish War Veterans, Congregation Beth Emeth and a member of the Capital District Destroyer Escort Sailors Association.

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William E. Loetterle III, US Navy

1944 - 2012

The Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated the life of William E. Loetterle III at a ceremony held September 4, 2012 at the Albany County Office Building. A video of this ceremony is available.

William E. Loetterle III was born in Catskill, New York in 1944. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1962 and served as Radioman, 3rd Class on the USS Springfield. William also served in the Naval Reserve.

After his service, William worked as the Albany County Coroner and at General Electric, served as Democratic Town Chairman in Rensselaerville and a member of the Berne and Rensselaerville Democratic Social Clubs. William was a member of the NYS Association of County Coroners and Medical Examiners and a longtime member of both Berne and Rensselaerville Fire Companies and served as assistant chief and chief for both Berne and Rensselaerville and was a coach for the Berne Little League.

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Douglas T. Boyd, US Navy

1920 - 1998

The Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated the life of Douglas T. Boyd at a ceremony held October 1, 2012. A video of this ceremony is available.

Douglas T. Boyd was born in Gloversville, New York on August 11, 1920. He enlisted in the US Navy in 1942 and became Seaman First Class USNR. Doug served on the USS Intrepid and was honorably discharged in 1946 with a note he was entitled to several ribbons and awards which he never pursued.

After his service, Doug worked for a short time as a Portable Equipment Engineer in Western New York then he and his wife, Pat, moved back to Albany where he returned to house-painting. Doug and Pat were married over 50 years and enjoyed fishing together. After Doug’s death. Pat requested the medals Doug had never sought. This year, she received the following medals on his behalf: Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, American Campaign Medal and Philippine Liberation Medal. The Department of Navy is investigating whether he should be awarded the Purple Heart.

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Robert N. Signor, US Marine Corps

The Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated the life of Robert N. Signor at a ceremony held November 5, 2012. A video is available.

Robert N. Signor was born in Albany, New York on February 18, 1927. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1945 and became a Private First Class. Robert served as a Mortar Crewman during the Occupation of China. He was discharged and re-enlisted in 1950 to serve in the 1st Marine Division 11th Regiment as a Field Artillery Cannoneer in Korea.

Robert was honored with many medals including the Asiatic Pacific Theatre Medal, American Defense Medal, World War II Victory Medal, China Service Medal, National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal with One Star, United Nations Korean Defense Medal and Republic of Korea War Service Medal (issued by South Korea).

A loving husband and father, Robert was married to Dorothy for 63 years and had nine children. He worked at Williams Press for over 20 years and retired from the Watervliet Arsenal. Robert loved golf and was a member of the Chosin Few, American Legion and Albany Elks.

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Erwin W. Andrews, US Marine Corps

1930-2011

The Honor-A-Veteran Committee commemorated the life of Erwin W. Andrews at a ceremony held December 3, 2012.

Erwin W. Andrews was born in Syracuse, New York on October 30, 1930. He enlisted in the US Marine Corps in 1951 and became a Sergeant. Erwin was honorably discharged in 1953.

Erwin, also known as Andy, returned home where he met and married Eva, his wife of 56 years. They had three children. For several years, Andy was the owner of Midway Heating Service. He then became publication officer for the New York Army National Guard in Albany until he retired in 1994.

Andy was a member of the Midway Fire Department, Westmere Fire Department and Colonie Elks 2192. He was also the past commandant of the Capt. Wm. Dale O'Brien Marine Corps League in Albany and a member of the Men's Auxiliary of the VFW Post 8692.

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