Hampton Bays Middle School students continued a tradition of taking history out of the text books by honoring area veterans each month by paying tribute to Anthony Galgano, a World War II army veteran, during a ceremony held on Oct. 26.
Galgano, who arrived in Hampton Bays in 2006 to live with his son Anthony Jr., was a member of General George Patton’s famed Third Army. A platoon sergeant, who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, Galgano was awarded three Bronze Stars for valor and heroism under fire. He was also awarded a battlefield commission to second lieutenant, which came to pass formally decades after his service.
“Another member of the ‘greatest generation’ continues to play an important role in Hampton Bays,” said District Superintendent Lars Clemensen. “Lt. Galgano was a hero not just once, but over and over again, putting himself in harm’s way.”
Galgano, whose wife Cira died several years ago, lost his right hand and part of his right arm during his service. However, his “grit and determination” have continued to be a source of inspiration to many of his fellow soldiers both during and after his service, from which he was discharged in 1945.
During his flag ceremony at Hampton Bays Middle School, students recognized the brave veteran by reading Galgano’s biography and VFW Patriot Pen essays.
Galgano joins other veterans honored by students through a new program, which commenced last November, including Walter Flaherty, Ray Rand, Joseph Lach, Marilouse Kelly, James Papadrea and Bob Shearn.
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