Hannon Welcomes James Merritte as
New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame Inductee
Senator Hannon welcomed James W. Merritte to the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame at a special ceremony held in the New York State Capitol on May 21, 2013.
The New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame was created to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life. Their meritorious service to our nation deserves the special recognition that only a Hall of Fame can provide, as a fitting expression of our gratitude and admiration.
Sgt. First Class Merritte, a resident of Hempstead, is a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving 18 months there with the 53rd Signal Battalion, as well as one year stationed in Germany, six months in Panama, and his remaining duty was completed stateside. He was also attached to the 2/32 Artillery, a 175th Artillery Unit. He has received numerous commendations and citations, including the State of New York Medal for merit from the Adjutant General and the State of New York Conspicuous Service Star.