Brewster, N.Y. – (10/17/2013) – Senator Greg Ball, (R,C,I-Patterson) Chairman of the Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, is proud to officially accept the nomination of Corporal John Hvisch from the Village of Mount Kisco into his 3rd Annual Veterans’ Hall of Fame.
Senator Greg Ball created the Veterans’ Hall of Fame to honor outstanding veterans from throughout the 40th Senate District. Each veteran will be honored at a ceremony hosted on November 21. 2013 at Mahopac High School and will also be included on a traveling wall that will tour local municipalities and schools throughout the 40th district.
“Mr. Hvisch is a prime example of the saying, ‘the few, the proud, the Marines’. He has dedicated his life to our County by serving in the United States Marines then after his military service he continued to dedicate himself to serving our community for twenty-two years in the Westchester County Department of Public Safety,” said Senator Greg Ball. “I am very excited to join with Mount Kisco to honor Mr. Hvisch for his years of service to our Country and I greatly look forward to the Hall of Fame ceremony this November.”
“Senator Greg Ball’s Veterans’ Hall of Fame initiative has provided our military veterans with the recognition and honor they deserve for serving this great Country,” said Mount Kisco Mayor, Michael J. Cindrich.
In January of 1943 the United States of America was at war, John Hvisch was 17 years old and despite his parent’s objections, John enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He completed training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina, continued his combat training at Camp Lejeune and was eventually assigned to a communication unit. Corporal Hvisch eventually joined the ranks of the “Island Hopping Marines” and fought the enemy in the Mariana Island battles on Saipan and Tinian. In 1945, after the Mariana Island campaign, Corporal Hvisch fought in the largest amphibious landing in the Pacific, the 82 day-long battle of Okinawa. Sadly, during the war Corporal Hvisch lost many good friends and for a young Marine, those traumatic events, remain with him today. He continues stay in touch with his surviving Marine buddies.
Corporal John Hvisch was awarded several citations, campaign medals and battle stars for his bravery and service to this Country with the 2nd & 4th Marine Divisions, and the 10th Marines in the decisive World War II, Asiatic-Pacific battles.
John returned home from his tour of duty with the Marine Corps in 1946 and took a job with a small company. In 1954, he was appointed to the Westchester County Parkway Police, now known as the Westchester County Department of Public Safety. John served the people of Westchester County with distinction for twenty-two years from 1954 until his retirement in 1976.
John Hvisch was married to his loving wife Rosemarie for 41 years. He lost Rosemarie to breast cancer in 1988. He is the proud parent of five children and ten grandchildren.
Today John is a proud and active member of the Mount Kisco community. You can find John on any given day at the Mount Kisco Seniors Center volunteering in a wide variety of activities such as teaching an exercise class, serving lunch, or helping out with special events. He is proud to be one of the oldest seniors at the center! John also serves as an usher for Saint Francis of Assisi Church. In addition, John is a proud and active member of Mount Kisco’s Moses Taylor Post 136 of the American Legion.
Towns, villages and cities throughout Senator Greg Ball’s district are currently in the process of selecting their nominees. If you would like to nominate someone, please contact your local town board or city council or contact Senator Ball’s office at (845) 279-3773.
The 3rd class of veterans will be official inducted into the Veterans’ Hall of Fame on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at Mahopac High School at 6pm. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
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