Larkin honors local veteran for his service

| 15 Feb 2012 | 08:35

Albany - State Sen. William J. Larkin Jr. (R-C-Cornwall-on-Hudson) has nominated New Windsor resident William Stratis to the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame. “His dedication to the veterans of the Hudson Valley, coupled with the sacrifices he made during his time in the military, make him an outstanding addition to the Hall of Fame and an inspiration to all,” Larkin said in a press release announcing the nomination. Stratis served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was captured and taken as a prisoner of war while in Germany. He was held for more than two months at Stalag 6A in Hemer, Germany, near Dortmund. During his military service, Stratis was wounded twice and received the Purple Heart for his injuries. He was also awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and the Bronze Star for his actions during the War. After serving two years, and achieving the rank of Sergeant, Stratis was discharged from the Army. He is a member of the American Ex-Prisoners of War organization and studied to become a Certified National Service Officer. Has been volunteering five days a week at Castle Point Veteran’s Hospital for many years helping to process claims for veterans and their spouses.