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Five area veterans honored in Bayside

Avella presents state resolutions

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Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 11:15 am, Thu Nov 21, 2013.

Five area veterans were honored last week for their military service by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).

The men received state resolutions during a ceremony and celebration in the senator’s Bayside office.

Avella, who serves on the Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee, annually honors veterans from his district on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

The Veterans Day honorees include three Army veterans and two from the South Korean Marine Corps. They are:

Michael Daughtry, who began service in 1967 with the 101st Airborne Division. He was sent to Vietnam and was seriously injured in action later that year. Daughtry spent 1 1/2 years recovering from his wounds at the St. Alban’s VA Hospital.

He is second vice president of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Queens Chapter 32 and a national delegate.

Shin Il Han served in the Korean Marine Corps from 1963 to 1966, and for a year in Vietnam. He moved to the United States in 1977 and is a member of the Korean Marine Corps Veterans Association of Eastern USA.

Frederick Hensel, a Flushing native, was assigned to the 1st Signal Brigade beginning in 1968 He was a radio and mobile radio teletype operator and served in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.

Young Soo Lee served with the South Korean Marine Corps from 1963 to 1969. He also came to the United States in 1977, where he was president of the Korean Marine Corps Veterans Association.

Paul Narson of Flushing served in the infantry from 1959 to 1965, mostly in Germany and in the National Guard from 1965 to 1967. He now is president of the VVA Chapter 32 and a national delegate.

Also attending the ceremony was a Memorial Day honoree, Yeong Bae Choi, who served with the South Korean Marine Corps from 1975 to 1978. He is president of the Korean Marine Corps Veterans group.

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