Nine men and women have been inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2021, including Brendan Sniffin of Danbury, the President of the Korean War Veteran Association. The Hall of Fame recognizes distinguished veterans who have made significant contributions after leaving military service.
State Veterans Affairs Commissioner Tom Saadi says since 2005, the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame has recognized veterans who then served their communities at the local, regional and state levels as leaders in veterans’ organizations, in public service, and as volunteers and community advocates. Saadi says these veterans embody the true meaning of service to this nation and to communities.
While each of these men and women come from different backgrounds, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz says they all share the same characteristics – courage, strength, pride, and selflessness. Bysiewicz and Saadi were joined by leaders of the state’s veterans’ community at the induction ceremony Friday at the National Guard Armory Drill Shed.
The other inductees are:
1. Gerald Augustine, U.S. Army, Middletown
2. Paul Barry, U.S. Marine Corps, East Hartford
3. John Bevins, U.S. Navy, Waterbury
4. Stanley Borusiewicz, U.S. Marine Corps, Naugatuck
5. Carlita Cotton, U.S. Air Force, Mansfield
6. William Currlin, U.S. Army, Middlefield
7. Brian Ohler, U.S. Army, North Canaan
8. James Shelmerdine, U.S. Army, East Hartford