Kindlon, Loparco, Mockler honored for military service

June 11, 2019 04:38 PM

GUILDERLAND – Nobody hates war more than the somebody who’s bee in one. So said attorney Terry Kindlon, a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He earned a Bronze Star with a “V” for valor and a Purple Heart. He was one of three living veterans recognized for their service during a ceremony at Crossgates Mall led by Albany County Executive Dan McCoy.

He’s made it through “firefights and fox holes,” said his son Lee Kindlon (USMC) who wore his dress blues as a presenter.


Also honored were Gene Loparco, an airman third class with the USAF Missile Development Center during Vietnam and PFC Nils Edward Mockler who joined the USMC in April 1944 at the age of 18 saying “we had a chance to answer.”

Loparco volunteers with a dozen veterans groups, organizing and taking photos. One of the groups he works with is Please Remember Me which honors fallen soldiers with flags that run along Route-9 in Colonie. It was founded by Tom Regan.

"This area here is so supportive of the veterans and that's the way it should be,” said Loparco, who turns 75 on August 3. “When we returned from Vietnam it wasn't that way but we have strong shoulders we can handle it."

There have now been 38 living veterans honored in Albany County since 2013. The ceremony was in conjunction with the second annual military expo and job fair at the mall, set up by the Guilderland Chamber of Commerce.


WNYT Staff

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