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Local Veterans to be Honored for Their Service by County Executive McCoy

Published: 06/07/2024

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Friday, June 7, 2024


Local Veterans to be Honored for Their Service
by County Executive McCoy


Albany, NY: Albany County has had a proud history of its residents serving our state and country. They have put their lives on the line for their community, and we want to make sure they know that their service has not gone unnoticed. Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy will recognize three exceptional individuals who have bravely served our country.


County Executive McCoy will hold his bi-annual Honor a Living Veteran ceremony and honor Rev. Robert Dixon, Eugene Skorupski, and John Tashjian on Tuesday, June 11 at 10:00am at Crossgates (on the first floor near 110 Grill).


Rev. Robert Dixon is a WWII era Veteran who served as a Corporal in the United States Army. He was qualified as a cavalry soldier and was later a cavalry instructor at West Point. Robert served in the US Army from February of 1941 to January of 1946. After completing his service, Robert was a candidate for Mayor of Poughkeepsie, worked at IBM for 28 years, and is the longest serving pastor of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church.


Eugene Skorupski is a Veteran who served in the United States Army as an 11B Infantryman deployed in Vietnam. He took part in many combat actions while based at encampments in Ben-Wah and Long-Binh. After his return home, Eugene served as a letter carrier for 41 years and worked with the Tri-County Council of Vietnam Era Veterans.


John Tashjian is a WWII Combat Veteran who served in the United States Army, 309th Infantry Regiment, 78th Infantry Division.  He was a Private First Class who saw combat in Germany and Belgium at the Battle of the Bulge and Remagen. John received a Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal and Combat Infantry Badge, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal, and two Purple Hearts. He returned home and worked in Industrial Engineering.


This will be the 19th such event County Executive McCoy has hosted since 2013, having honored some 52 veterans.