2008 Honored Veterans

Catherine Collins

U.S. Navy

Phil Giordano

U.S. Army

Tim Huff

U.S. Marine Corps

John Liberatore

U.S. Army

Stamford native, John Liberatore serves as a typical example of that group referred to by Tom Brokaw as “The Greatest Generation”. Joining the Army at the outset of World War II, John was a member of the first wave of Americans landing at Omaha Beach on D-Day in 1944.

After the landing, he saw action in the Battle of the Bulge, and at war’s end was discharged with the rank of Master Sergeant, being awarded the Bronze Star, the Presidential Unit Citation, and the Belgian Fourragere among others. John returned to Stamford to raise his family and operate several successful businesses. He also found time to serve our community. As Chairman of the Stamford Transit District, he was instrumental in arranging Senior Citizen transportation to Cove Island. He was elected numerous times as a Stamford Constable, and was a member of the Republican Town Committee for over thirty years, during which time he served terms as Chairman and Vice-Chairman.

Rolf Rosenthal

U.S. Army

Rolf Rosenthal, one of our Honored Vets is not an American by an accident of birth. He is an American because this country opened its doors to him when he fled his native Germany during WWII. Rolf’s story is not of the usual humdrum variety; but then again, Rolf is not your usual, humdrum type of guy. He emigrated to the U. S. and immediately joined the American Army. He actually acquired his citizenship status while on active duty, being sworn in at an Army base in Virginia.

Properly and effectively utilizing his language skills and his native intelligence, the Army deployed Rolf back to Europe where he served with honor and distinction in a number of Military Intelligence assignments. At war’s end, Rolf declined an offer of permanent military status and instead, returned to civilian life in the U. S. where two important things happened to him. He embarked on a distinguished Merchandising career with several top retailing chains, and more importantly, he met and married the love of his life, June Rosenthal, our Citizen of the Year. With a great family, many friends, Rolf and June are celebrating 58 years of wedded bliss and are delighted you are able to share in their joy.

Alan Sosnowitz

U.S. Army

Kurt Zimbler

U.S. Marine Corps