VET­ER­ANS FETED

Ge­orge Schroder, Ken­neth Ruli­son, Ge­orge Hyson, Henry Guzek pre­sented with Le­gion of Merit cer­tifi­cates

The Record (Troy, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael Gwiz­dala mg­wiz­dala@dig­i­tal­first­media.com Re­porter

TROY, N.Y. >> A quar­tet of vet­er­ans were hon­ored at Troy Cen­ter on Fri­day af­ter­noon, in a cer­e­mony ahead of Vet­er­ans Day.

Ge­orge Schroder, Ken­neth Ruli­son, Ge­orge Hyson and Henry Guzek, were all pre­sented with Le­gion of Merit cer­tifi­cates in recog­ni­tion of their ser­vice.

The res­i­dent vet­er­ans were also pre­sented with a flag which flew over the U. S. Capi­tol, along with a com­mem­o­ra­tive cer­tifi­cate.

Also on hand to present each vet­eran with their re­spec­tive honors was Air Force Chief Mas­ter Sergeant Denny Richard­son, who spoke to the vet­er­ans and res­i­dents at the cer­e­mony.

“To me, Vet­er­ans Day is every day be­cause I think th­ese men and women de­serve to be hon­ored on a daily ba­sis, not just one day a year. So every op­por­tu­nity I get, I want to get out and rec­og­nize the sac­ri­fice and ser­vices that they’ve made to our coun­try be­cause it’s im­por­tant,” Chief Mas­ter Sergeant Richard­son said of the im­por­tance of hon­or­ing vet­er­ans. “They’re one of the rea­sons of my mo­ti­va­tion for con­tin­u­ing to serve and con­tin­u­ing to wear the uni­form so that I can con­tinue their legacy and con­tinue

their path that they paved for us in the name of lib­erty, free­dom and the way of life for Amer­i­cans,” Richard­son added.

Schroder, 85, who served as a Mas­ter Sergeant dur­ing the Korean War, shared his thoughts on his years of ser­vice.

“I’ve been lucky and ap­pre­ci­ate it very much for the very sim­ple rea­son, when I was drafted when I was at Bates Col­lege in Maine, I’m a kid from the Bronx, I went from a bas­ket­ball court to a ship and all of a sud­den I did my

train­ing and ev­ery­one else went to Korea and four of us were pulled out to go on spe­cial duty in Ber­lin Ger­many, un­der [Al­fred] Gru­en­ther, who was a five-star gen­eral and the head of all Euro­pean ser­vices,” Schroder said of the shift from be­ing a col­lege stu­dent to serv­ing his coun­try.

“I was on the spe­cial team to do a sur­vey of the Ber­lin sub­way sta­tion stops that was 42 miles across,” Schroder said of his du­ties. “Our job was to go into the ar­eas and get co­or­di­nates of the sub­way stops.”

“What’s un­usual about the whole thing is when I got back to school the first thing I did was go to play a bas­ket­ball game, which

the Bos­ton Globe do­nated to me on a back­hand dunk against BU, Bos­ton Univer­sity and then when I grad­u­ated the per­son that handed me the diploma was now the head of the Red Cross was Gen­eral Gru­en­ther, who saluted me and he was so sur­prised, he never ex­pected to meet me again and nei­ther did I and since then I went back to school for my doc­tor­ate in phar­macy,” Schroder noted of the in­ter­est­ing full cir­cle chain of events.

“I made a lot of good friends in the ser­vice and it was all un­der stress­ful cir­cum­stances,” Schroder said of his friends of whom he’s kept in touch with over the years.

MICHAEL GWIZ­DALA — MG­WIZ­DALA@DIG­I­TAL­FIRST­MEDIA.COM

Vet­er­ans, from left, Ge­orge Schroder, Ken­neth Ruli­son, Ge­orge Hyson and Henry Guzek hon­ored dur­ing a cer­e­mony at Troy Cen­ter.

MICHAEL GWIZ­DALA — MG­WIZ­DALA@DIG­I­TAL­FIRST­MEDIA.COM

A com­mem­o­ra­tive flag pre­sented to vet­er­ans dur­ing a cer­e­mony at Troy Cen­ter.

MICHAEL GWIZ­DALA — MG­WIZ­DALA@DIG­I­TAL­FIRST­MEDIA.COM

Vet­er­ans are hon­ored with a flag dur­ing a cer­e­mony.

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