George Schroder, Kenneth Rulison, George Hyson, Henry Guzek presented with Legion of Merit certificates
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.
Veterans, from left, George Schroder, Kenneth Rulison, George Hyson and Henry Guzek honored during a ceremony at Troy Center.
A commemorative flag presented to veterans during a ceremony at Troy Center.
Veterans are honored with a flag during a ceremony.