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J02906 Summary:

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J02906 Text:

Senate Resolution No. 2906
BY: Senator JORDAN
        COMMENDING  Sergeant  William  H.  Hoffay upon the
        occasion  of  his  designation  as  recipient  of  a
        Liberty  Medal,  the  highest honor bestowed upon an
        individual by the New York State Senate
  WHEREAS, Members of the Armed Services from the State of  New  York,
who  have  served  so  valiantly  and  honorably  in  wars in which this
country's freedom was at stake, as well as in the preservation of  peace
in peacetime, deserve a special salute from this Legislative Body; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative Body is justly proud to commend Sergeant
William H. Hoffay upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of a
Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the  New
York  State  Senate; he will be presented with this prestigious award at
the Rensselaer County Hometown Heroes  Dinner  on  Friday,  October  28,
2022; and
  WHEREAS,  The New York State Senate Liberty Medal was established by
Resolution and is  awarded  to  individuals  who  have  merited  special
commendation  for exceptional, heroic, or humanitarian acts on behalf of
their fellow New Yorkers; and
  WHEREAS, William H. Hoffay joined the United States Navy Reserve  on
November  30,  1964,  completing two weeks of basic training in April of
1965, at the Great Lakes Training Facility in Illinois; later, he joined
the active-duty Army, and was sent to Fort Dix, New Jersey for training;
  WHEREAS, After completing basic training with  distinction,  William
H.    Hoffay was promoted to Private E-2 with the top ten percent of his
class on January 13, 1966; he was then sent to Fort Gordon, Georgia  for
nine  weeks  of  Advanced  Infantry Training before his last transfer to
Fort Benning, Georgia for Airborne School which he  completed  on  April
21, 1966; and
  WHEREAS,  Assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Private William H.
Hoffay deployed to Ben Hoa, Vietnam on May 18, 1966, and was assigned to
E Troop, 17th Cavalry, 173rd; after a week of rigorous jungle  training,
he  joined his unit in the field where the mission included grueling day
and night patrols and frequent contact with the enemy; and
  WHEREAS, On April 3, 1967, while on Operation Junction City near the
Cambodian border, Specialist Four (SP 4) William H. Hoffay  was  wounded
in  action  when his unit was ambushed; he returned to the United States
at the end of April 1967, and was assigned to North  Carolina  B  Troop,
1st Platoon of the 17th Cavalry, 82nd, Airborne Division; and
  WHEREAS,  In  late July and early in August of 1967, SP 4 William H.
Hoffay was sent to participate in Task Force  Detroit;  in  November  of
that same year, he was directed to Washington DC to stand by and support
during the Peace March Demonstrations; and
  WHEREAS, On January 23, 1968, Sergeant William H. Hoffay, along with
the  3rd  Brigade of the 82nd Airborne, was put on full alert due to the
seizure of the USS Pueblo by North Korea  --  this  Operation  was  then
canceled upon the start of the Tet Offensive, which began on January 29,
1968;  within  two  weeks  the  entire  3rd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne
arrived in Vietnam; and
  WHEREAS, Sergeant William H. Hoffay, an E-5 at that time,  commanded
a  fire  team  in  the  third  platoon  of  B  Troop, 17th Cavalry, 82nd
Airborne; this mission and operation parallels his  tour  of  duty  with
173rd  Airborne; in the interim, he was promoted to Scout Section Leader
of the Third Platoon; and
  WHEREAS, Upon his honorable discharge from the United States Army on
October 25, 1968, William H. Hoffay returned to Averill Park, New  York,
where  he  worked  in his family's construction business for a number of
years before taking over full operation of Hoffay Farms in 1981; and
  WHEREAS, William H. Hoffay's sense of service  and  community  never
left him; he gave tirelessly of his time and energies to countless local
community  and veteran organizations for many years, and was the driving
force behind the beautiful Sand Lake Veterans Memorial located on  Route
43 in the Town of Sand Lake; and
  WHEREAS, For his courageous service during the Vietnam War, Sergeant
William  H.  Hoffay earned numerous military decorations, including: the
Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service; two Army Commendation  Medals
for  Valor  and  two  for  Meritorious  Service;  the Purple Heart Medal
(Combat wounded in Vietnam); the Presidential, Valorous and  Meritorious
Unit Citations; the Combat Infantry and Parachute Badges, New York State
Conspicuous Service Cross and New York State Conspicuous Star; and
  WHEREAS, Residents of this great State must never forget the courage
with  which these men and women served their country, and must recognize
that no greater debt is owed than that owed to those  who  risked  their
lives for their beloved Nation; and
  WHEREAS,  Having  exhibited  his patriotism both at home and abroad,
Sergeant William H. Hoffay demonstrated his love  for  his  country  and
merits forevermore the highest respect of his State and Nation; and
  WHEREAS,  Our  Nation's veterans deserve to be recognized, commended
and thanked by the people of the State of New York for their service and
for their dedication to their communities, their State and their Nation;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its  deliberations  to
commend  Sergeant William H. Hoffay upon the occasion of his designation
as recipient of a Liberty Medal, the  highest  honor  bestowed  upon  an
individual by the New York State Senate; and be it further
  RESOLVED,  That  a  copy  of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to Sergeant William H. Hoffay.
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