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County Executive Daniel P. McCoy Recognizes Three Veterans on Second Annual Military Awareness Day

Posted: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 1:32 PM

Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy today recognized three veterans who proudly and valiantly served their country, and upon their return home, their communities, at his Honor a Living Veteran ceremony.

Twice a year, County Executive McCoy highlights local veterans for their service to our country, and this ceremony featured Terence L. Kindlon, Eugene “Gene” Loparco, and Nils Edward Mockler on this second annual Military Awareness Day.

“It is important to recognize these servicemen for their valor. These brave men put their lives at risk for their country without as much as a second thought, and that must be recognized,” said County Executive McCoy. “However, their service didn’t end when they when they were discharged. These men returned home and they continued to serve their communities with the same passion as when they were overseas. These men have given up their lives to the service of the people of our country, and that is what makes America great. And so it is vital these courageous men be recognized here today.”

Sergeant Terence L. Kindlon served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He selflessly risked his life in service to our country. While in theatre, he volunteered to lead a patrol into an extremely dangerous area. Without regard for his personal safety and after sustaining a head wound, he heroically led his men back to the division’s perimeter, all while accurately returning pistol and grenade fire to the enemy line. For this heroism, he was presented with the Bronze Star with a Combat ‘V’ for valor and a Purple Heart. Amazingly, upon his return home, he did not stop his service to his community. He has served as a criminal defense attorney, an assistant public defender and as the acting Albany County Public Defender.

Airman Third Class Gene Loparco, a Capital District native, began his service in January of 1966, where he was assigned as an administrative specialist at the USAF Missile Development Center. He then served with the 31st Tactical Fighter Wing at Tuy Hoa Air Base in Vietnam. He returned home to finish his service with the 96th Strategic Aerospace Wing in Abilene, Texas. Loparco was presented with an Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, as well as a Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon. He devoted 24 years to the citizens of New York State as a benefits examiner, all while serving his community through numerous veterans’ organizations as a photographer.

PFC Nils Edward Mockler joined the US Marine Corps in April of 1944 at just 18 years old, at a time in his life when most people were going to college or getting a job, he chose to serve our country. He served admirably as an Intelligence Scout with the 4th Marine Division Tank Battalion where he fought on both Iwo Jima as well as Saipan as a part of an MP Battalion. As an MP he was tasked with manning a foxhole to guard a captured air field, as well as guarding POWs after their surrender. He would eventually be recognized for his valiant service in 2015 when he was presented a commendation by the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Nils came home on June 6, 1946 to his first love, Adel Rosen, and had two children, Michael and Anna. During his time on the home front, he served his community through veterans’ organizations, as well as a teacher.

This ceremony was the 12th such event County Executive McCoy has hosted since 2013, having now honored some 38 living veterans throughout Albany County in the process. The Second Annual Military Expo and Job Fair is done in partnership with the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce, Crossgates Mall, Excelsior College, SEFCU, Inova, JDOG Junk Removal & Hauling, Community Resource Federal Credit Union, the Veteran Connect Center, Military Family Foundation and the Albany County Veterans Service Bureau.

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