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Albany D-Day survivor inducted into Veterans Hall of Fame


A 99-year-old World War II veteran from Albany has been inducted into the state Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.

Former army technician. sergeant. Harold Williams, one of the few survivors of the D-Day invasion and Battle of the Bulge in the Capital Region, was recognized in a ceremony at the Albany State Capitol for his military service and meritorious civilian, according to Senator Neil Breslin, who nominated Williams for the honor.

Williams served as a radio operator and forward observer with the 62n/a Armored Field Artillery Battalion, 1st infantry division. He was one of the 160,000 Allied soldiers who landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy on June 6, 1944. He landed in the first wave under heavy enemy fire.

During the Depression, Williams dropped out of eighth grade and went to work to support his family financially. He first worked in the farm fields picking fruits and vegetables to help his parents and younger sister. Her income provided the family with food, clothing and money for rent. He then got a job in a factory, then went to work at the Watervliet arsenal before enlisting in the army in 1942.

Prior to the Normandy invasion, he fought the Germans in North Africa and Tunisia before invading Sicily.

After D-Day, he conducted seven combat campaigns in the European theater. It has survived many of the greatest tank battles of all time, according to Green Island’s Tom Mullins, spokesman for the Rev. Francis Kelley Military Honor Society.

After Normandy, Williams traveled to the Ardennes to help counterattack German forces in the Battle of the Bulge. He also participated in important strategic battles at Hurtgen Forest and Eisenhorn Ridge, where his unit destroyed 40 German tanks. He then fought in Leipzig before deploying to Czechoslovakia.

Williams earned an American Theater Campaign Medal, a Europe-Africa-Middle East Medal, a World War II Victory Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation, a Certificate of the French Republic, and an Occupation Medal of the army – Germany.

“He’s the embodiment of Tom Brokaw’s ‘Greatest Generation’,” Mullins said.

After the war, he worked for the postal service before retiring.

In 2021, Williams was recognized by local and state officials at a Rev. Francis Kelley Military Honor Society. He received a Medal of Freedom from the State of New York.

bronze star

Army circuit. Howard E. Voisinet, a World War II veteran, was awarded a posthumous replacement Bronze Star Medal in a ceremony in Albany.

His daughter Joanne Cimorelli of Albany accepted the medal and other alternate military honors on her father’s behalf from Congressman Paul Tonko.

Tonko and his team spent months getting replacement medals. The originals were lost in a house fire.

Voisinet obtained the bronze star during a military operation in Germany. He risked his life to help evacuate his company of fellow soldiers, including wounded comrades from an exposed position under heavy German fire.

Cimoprelli also received the replacement for his father’s World War II Victory Medal, American Theater Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal, and of the Honorable Service Pin.

Voisinet, originally from Tonawanda, enlisted in the army during World War II. After being honorably discharged after the war, he graduated from Purdue University in 1948 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for the Ministry of Defense for 30 years before retiring in 1985.

naval academy

Maren Mae Louridas of Bethlehem was inducted into the Naval Academy class of 2026 on June 30.

Louridas began six weeks of intensive midshipman Plebe Summer training at the academy in Annapolis, Maryland. This work prepares her for four years of academic, military, seamanship and leadership training.

Louridas, a basketball star from Bethlehem High School, said she expects to major in computer science and play hoop on the academy team.

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