Honors service to country and community

On Nov. 10, 2011, 27 veterans were inducted into the newly-formed 40th District Veterans’ Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was established by State Sen. Greg Ball to honor veterans for service to country and community. Ball has also created a Traveling Veterans’ Wall of Honor, which will travel to district schools and will be on exhibit at Haldane on Thursday, Feb. 16.

The display will be on view in the lobby of the middle school. At 2:25 p.m. on Thursday there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony. School Superintendent Mark Villanti has asked the school’s social studies teachers to spend some time with their classes to discuss this event and its significance.

Local veteran, Retired Sergeant Joe Etta has been named to the list. Others are:

  • Retired Master Sergeant Joseph Piantino, Amenia
  • Retired Electrician’s Mate Second Class James Thorne, Bedford
  • V.A. Roberts, Retired Technical Sergeant, Bedford
  • Kenneth H. Mallen,  Retired Specialist, Beekman
  • E-4 Arthur L. Hanley, Brewster
  • Retired Shipfitter Third Class Russ Harrison, Buchanan
  • Retired Corporal Joseph Tschinkel, Carmel
  • Retired Sergeant Squad Leader Frank L. Campanaro, Cortlandt
  • Retired Specialist 4 Eugene Parrotta, Croton
  • Lance Corporal John Curtin, Dover
  • Retired Specialist Fifth Class Gilbert W. Tarbox, Kent
  • Retired Private First Class Robert Williams, Lewisboro
  • Retired Private First Class Stanley Zatwarnicki, Milan
  • Retired Captain Flavio Benini, posthumous,  Mount Kisco
  • Retired Corporal Herbert F. Geller, North Salem
  • Retired Corpsman Herbert D. Day, Jr., Northeast
  • Retired Sergeant Joseph J. Morrissey, Patterson
  • Retired E-4 Firefighter Gerard Christiansen, Pawling
  • Retired Sergeant John Claudet, Pawling
  • Retired Specialist 4 Duke A. Searles, Peekskill
  • Retired Sergeant Allan Blackmar, Pine Plains
  • Captain Eric A Jones, posthumously, Pound Ridge Town
  • Retired Technical Sergeant Robert J. Ulrich, Sr., Putnam Valley
  • Retired Technical Sergeant Stephen M. Moravick, Sr., Somers
  • Retired Captain James Ryan, Southeast
  • Retired Sergeant John T. McQuillan, Yorktown
  • Retired Staff Sergeant Bert Gonci


About Greg Ball

Assemblyman Greg Ball (R, C, I – Patterson) is the Senator for New York State's 40th district. A former Vice President of Exceed International Development Corporation, Ball holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, is currently completing his Masters Thesis of Liberal Studies in International Affairs at Georgetown University, and received an honorable discharge in 2005 at the rank of Captain after service as an active duty officer in the United States Air Force. View all posts by Greg Ball →
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