|Contact: Steve Jensen
|October 16, 2013|
LT. GOV.WYMAN, CMSR. SCHWARTZ ANNOUNCE 12 NEW INDUCTEES INTO CONNECTICUT VETERANS HALL OF FAME
November 1 st Induction Ceremony Will Recognize Service to Community
Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Linda Schwartz today announced the ten men who will be inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2013.
The Hall of Fame recognizes distinguished veterans who have made significant contributions to their communities after leaving military service.
Wyman and Schwartz will be joined by leaders of the state's veterans' community at the induction ceremony on Friday, November 1, 2013 in the Atrium of the
The 2013 Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame inductees are:
John H. Bannan, (Posthumously)
A soldier and prisoner of war during World War II, Bannan was a 6
grade teacher for over 30 years, as well as a member of the Simsbury Board of Selectmen, the Lions Club, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. His generosity and dedication to his community were exceptional. He never forgot the time spent suffering as a P.O.W. which inspired him to create the annual
George H. Breuler,
In his hometown of
John (Jack) G. Casey,
A Vietnam Veteran, who has dedicated his life to honoring veterans. Casey is the Captain of the Connecticut Patriot Guard Riders,
an organization which was founded to maintain the dignity of funerals of members of the armed forces, veterans, firefighters and police throughout
Miguel A. Escalera, Sr., Clinton -
A WWII veteran of the North African, Central European and Rhine campaigns, Escalera was the highest decorated soldier in his company and is credited with heroically saving the lives of many of his fellow soldiers. For more than 50 years he has provided countless volunteer services to the elderly community in
Charles P. Gallagher, East Haven -
After enlisting in 1943, Gallagher planned to attend college under the Army Specialized Training Program, but instead was sent to Hawaii to join Company C, 32
Injured by an exploding hand grenade, he enrolled in
Robin L. Montgomery,
Montgomery was awarded the Navy Cross and two Purple Hearts during his service in Vietnam.
He then became an FBI Special Agent and was a founding member of the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, which created the Armed Forces Family Scholarship and Assistance Fund to provide scholarships for children of all troops lost in the conflicts in
James M. Mosley,
Mosley joined the Navy in 1948 and served 20 years, retiring as Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman (Submarines).
After retiring from the Navy, he became the first Minority Business Administrator for General Dynamics tasked with the responsibilities of promoting business among minorities and ensuring that discrimination in business practices were eliminated. In 2011, he authored the book "Life under the Microscope as an African-American" which chronicled his time in the Navy and Electric Boat. A frequent visitor to schools in the
Michael A. Thomas, New Haven/Milford -
Navy - Kosovo,
Thomas is a veteran of multiple deployments with the Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group in Kosovo and Iraq and later as a Senior Intelligence Officer in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
However his advocacy for veterans has become his new mission in life. He is the Founder and President of "Archangel Ventures, LLC" which concentrates on providing unique employment opportunities for veterans, including On-the-Job Training and actual work placements in the service food franchise industry. He is a volunteer with the VA Veterans Housing Working Group and a member of the Board of Directors for
William F. Vornikahl III,
From 1952 to 1954, Vornikahl served in the 1
Cavalry Div., 13
Signal Corps as a high-speed radio operator, serving for 14 months on the
Robert J. Young , Danbury - U.S. Navy
Young enlisted in the Navy in 1968 and served in Vietnam as a corpsman.
After his service, he became a Physician Assistant and worked at the Federal Correctional Institute in
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