June 1, 2010, West Hurley resident Kevin M. Ryan was honored by State
Senator John J. Bonacic (R/I/C – Mt. Hope) as our District's 2010
"Veterans Hall of Fame" Nominee.
Kevin Ryan enlisted in the
United States Army on July 9, 1965 and started Army Basic Training at
Fort Dix, N.J.. He was trained as a light weapons
Infantryman. He then went on to advance infantry training and
later to Special Forces Reconnaissance School and Training.
served in Vietnam in 1967-1968 as a 6 man team leader in long range
reconnaissance in war zone 3 (Parrots Beach) along the Cambodian border
with the 3rd Bn 4th Infantry and 25th Infantry where he earned a Bronze
Star Medal. He was honorably discharged on July 8, 1968.
has been very active in veterans organizations since he was
discharged. He has been a member of his local VFW Post, Disabled
American Veterans, American Legion and the 75th Army Ranger
Regiment. He is currently going into his 10th year as commander
of the Woodstock American Legion Post #1026.
Breitenstein, Director of the Ulster County Veterans Service Agency,
who nominated Mr. Ryan said that “He never forgets his fellow veterans
nor his departed comrades and is always willing to take that extra step
to help those in need.”
"Kevin has dedicated his life to serving
his country and we all owe him a debt of gratitude for his many years
of service both in and out of uniform. He is my American Idol
and I am honored to have him as our Nominee for the ‘Veterans
Hall of Fame’” Senator Bonacic said.