Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick H. Huntington

Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick H. Huntington, 89, of Putnam, formerly of Clemons Center, passed away on Feb. 20, 2009 following a long illness at the home of his niece, Patricia Wilson on Notch Hill Lane.

Born on Oct. 18, 1919 in Glens Falls, he was the son of the late Dr. Patrick H. Sr., and Eva (Norman) Huntington.

Pat was a graduate of Warrensburg High School and attended Saint Lawrence University for one year.  After moving to Dresden, he enlisted in the U. S. Army during World War II.  He served in North Africa, Sicily and Europe and was the second wave of soldiers who landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day.  During their advancement, he and his company were cut off by German soldiers and taken prisoner to a camp in Poland.  He was a prisoner of war from July 1944 until the last day of January 1945.  The Russians overtook the camp and the prisoners were freed.  Following the release, he made a long journey through Poland to Czechoslovakia.  He was discharged as a member of the World War II fighting forces in 1945 as a Buck Sergeant.

In May 1947, he re-enlisted in the U. S. Army during the Korean Conflict as an ordinance disposal specialist.  After his one year duty in Korea, he returned to the United States and spent some time away from the conflicts of the world.

He also served a 13 month tour during the Vietnam War. After serving his tour of duty, he returned to the United States in 1972 after serving over 30 years in the military and retired with the rank of E-10 Command Sergeant Major, the highest rank given to an enlisted soldier.

He received a Purple Heart during World War II and also received the Bronze Star for Valor for service during World War II and Vietnam.

He was a lifetime member of the American Legion, Post #83 of Whitehall, a member of the VFW of Warrensburg, member of the Phoenix Lodge, #96 of Whitehall, member of the Troy Court Royal Jesters and a member of the Oriental Shriners.

He was a retired employee of the Town of Dresden Highway Department, a member of the Dresden Fire Department.

He is predeceased by his wife, Viola Huntington and one sister, Marion Stringfellow.

He is survived by one niece, Eva Cooper, one great niece, Kathryn Walker and one great nephew, Michael Cy Cooper, Jr., all of North Carolina and several other nieces and nephews.

Family and friends were invited to call at the Jillson Funeral Home, Inc., 46 Williams Street, Whitehall on Monday, Feb. 23 from 6 to 9 p.m.  The American Legion Post #83 conducted a service at 8:30 p.m.

Interment with full military honors will be conducted in the spring in Clemons Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may take the form of a donation in Patrick’s name to the Washington County Hospice, 415 Lower Main Street, Hudson Falls, New York 12839.

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