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Vet Williams Belatedly Inducted Into Hall of Fame

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – Longtime Lewisboro resident and World War II vet Bob Williams finally got his special day.

State Sen. Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) and Lewisboro Supervisor Charlie Duffy paid a visit to Williams over the weekend to officially induct him into Ball’s 40th District Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Williams, a retired private first class, was nominated for the honor but wasn’t able to attend the early-November ceremony because he was sick.

Ball and Duffy visited Williams and his wife, Marie, to properly induct him into the Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Twenty-seven veterans from throughout the Hudson Valley were inducted into a district-wide Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Each city, town and village within the senator’s district was asked to nominate a veteran who was honored at the ceremony, held the day before Veterans Day.

“Mr. Williams is a great man that is not only a war hero but is also a very active part of our community,” Ball said. “He has been hand-picked for this award because he chose a path of courage, honor, integrity and bravery. I am so happy to pay a special visit to Mr. Williams and to personally deliver this award.”

Williams, who was upset when he originally found out he wouldn’t be able to attend the November ceremony, said he was caught by surprise by Ball and Duffy’s visit.

“I had no idea Senator Ball and Supervisor Duffy were coming to visit me,” he said. “This is not something I expected and I am very happy they came to honor me.”

A successful small business owner and floor maintenance contractor, Williams joined the United States Army on Sept. 23, 1942 and was assigned to the 45th Infantry Division as a machine gunner until his discharge on Nov. 23, 1945. In addition to the Good Conduct Medal, Williams earned Campaign Ribbons for Sicily, Italy, Corsica, Southern France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Southern Germany, plus a Spearhead for the first wave of the Invasion of Sicily.

Williams currently sits on the executive board of the Lewisboro Senior Adults, runs its Fishing Derby, and participates at Inter-Generational Day for the elementary schools twice a year. Each year, he lectures at John Jay Middle School, discussing the Civil War, World War I and World War II with the students.  Every week, Williams volunteers at the VA.

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