ALBANY – Ryan Lepore and Art Hanley have joined six other Putnam County veterans by being inducted into the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame.
They were nominated by State Senators Pete Harckham and Sue Serino and Assemblyman Kevin Byrne for the high recognition.
Lepore was a freshman at Putnam Valley High School on September 11, 2001 when he made the decision to follow in his brother’s footsteps and upon his graduation four years later joined the U.S. Army.
While stationed in Germany, he was deployed to Iraq where he went on more than 200 missions and was honorably discharged in 2010 as a private first class. When he returned home, Lepore joined the Putnam Valley VFW and in 2015 became post commander, the youngest in the entire U.S.
Lepore currently also serves his county as the Putnam County park ranger overseeing the care of the Putnam Veterans Memorial Park.
Hanley served in the Army from June 1969 through February 1972 assigned to Vietnam in 1970 and 1971 as a ground sensor operator. He is highly decorated receiving the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, New York State Conspicuous Cross and National Defense Medal.
Hanley, a former businessman is currently employed by Putnam County as deputy director of the Veterans Service Agency.
He is also a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, Military Order of the Cootie as well as the Putnam Joint Veterans Council.
Putnam County’s other inductees into the State Veterans Hall of Fame include Floyd Fisher in 2005, Karl Rohde in 2011, Charles Moore in 2014, Philip Schatzle in 2015, Kathie Freston in 2015 and George Godfrey in 2017.