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Korean War Service To Honor Rockland Residents Who Gave Their Lives

The Korean War Monument at Rockland Community College. Photo Credit: Maralin Roffino
Members of the Eagle Chapter of the Korean War Veterans of Rockland County. Photo Credit: Maralin Roffino

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- A memorial service honoring 27 residents of Rockland County who gave their lives while serving in the Korean War will be held on Sunday, July 24, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Korean War monument in the Gary Onderdonk Rockland Veterans Cemetery at Rockland Community College, 145 College Road in Suffern.

The service, which is held annually, is sponsored by the Eagle Chapter of the Korean War Veterans of Rockland County in conjunction with RCC.

The event is open to the public.

The monument, which was erected by the Eagle Chapter in 1993, a year after the group's formation, holds a plaque inscribed with the veterans' names.

Above the names is an inscription: “They gave their today for your tomorrow.”

The men whose lives are commemorated on the plaque include: Bruno Ablondi; William Herring; Ira Augenblick; Alex Hirschberger; Philip T. Baker; Charles Horn; Robert A. Brown; Gregory Keenan; Louis Caputo; Robert Laydon; Sam J. Cervene; William H. Lucas; Henry William Cook Jr.; John R. Mackey; Samuel W. DeFreese; William McDade; Roland De Groat; Edmund McGrath; Harold M. Diederich; Norman P. North; Louis S. Duhaime; James Osborne; Peter D. Freytag; James N. Smith; Raymond Flotard; Stanley Tyrell; and William Van Dunk.

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