2010 Honored Veterans

James Caterbone

U.S. Army

Earlier this year, Jim Caterbone became a member of the Stamford Board of Representatives. This is only the latest of a never-ending series of community-oriented activities in which Jim has engaged since his discharge from the Army in the mid ‘60s. Since his service in the 102nd Regiment of the 43rdInfantry Division, he has literally dedicated himself to “doing things for people.”

Jim was the founder and president of the Stamford Youth Hockey Association, president of Springdale Little League and assistant district administrator for Little League Baseball in the State of Connecticut. He also has been chairman of the World Games Special Olympics in Stamford, a Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus and president of the Old Timers Athletic Association. And get this: Jim is a licensed airplane pilot with instrument rating. Wow! Makes you wonder what he does in his spare time.

Jim Caterbone and his wife Marge, Springdale residents, will soon be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. They have two children and two grandchildren. Our committee proudly selected him as a classic example of the “citizen soldier” who returns from the service to make a difference in the lives of his friends and neighbors.

Brynnen Hahn

U.S. Army

Stamford resident Brynnen Hahn was a trailblazer of sorts. When she graduated from West Point in 1980 she was a member of the very first class of women to attend the military academy. Incidentally, while at West Point, Brynnen played on the academy’s Division 1 Women’s Basketball Team and competed as a member of the Cadet Marathon Team.

Brynnen’s military career spanned more than 21 years of active duty. Her assignments included serving as a tactical and strategic intelligence analyst at major commands in the United States and overseas, as a senior threat analyst in the Pershing II nuclear missile defense program and as commanding officer of a combat engineer unit. After retiring as a lieutenant colonel, she was recalled from retirement in 2001 immediately following the 9/11 terrorist attacks and served as a strategic analyst during Operation Enduring Freedom. Her awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.

Brynnen is a mathematics instructor at King School, and she has previously taught at Trinity Catholic and St. Gabriel’s. Active in community work with the Bartlett Arboretum and with veterans’ groups, Brynnen lives in North Stamford with her husband Bob and three children. We proudly honor her as a Stamford Veteran.

Seth Lapine

U.S. Marine Corps

Marine Corps Major Seth Lapine was born and raised in Stamford, attended local schools and graduated from Westhill High School, before going on to Franklin & Marshall College. Seth was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps and served in the 2nd Marine Division as a rifle platoon commander, scout-sniper platoon commander, weapons company executive officer and battalion intelligence officer. In the summer of 1996, Seth participated in Operation Assured Response in Monrovia, Liberia, during the evacuation and defense of the U. S. Embassy. He departed active duty in 1998 to join his father and brother in the family business in Stamford, but remained an active member of the Marine Corps Reserve and returned to active duty in 2002 in support of the war on terrorism. In 2003, Seth deployed with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force to Kuwait and in March of that year took part in the invasion of Iraq.

Today, Seth Lapine lives and works in Stamford as vice president of retail sales for the David S. Lapine Co. True to the saying of “Once a Marine, Always a Marine,” Seth continues to serve as a member of the Marine Corps Reserves. Locally, he actively participates in community activities including coaching youth soccer teams and serving on the parent-teacher organizations at the schools his children attend.
Seth and his wife Eve live in North Stamford with their three children.

John Moses

U.S. Army

In 1945, with WW II still very much a happening, John Moses, at the tender age of 17 and fresh out of high school, enlisted in the U. S. Army Signal Corps. John served with distinction as a military policeman in Anchorage, Alaska, and then utilized the benefits he earned under the G. I. Bill to attend Union College in Schenectady, New York.

A true specialist in management training and development, John joined the New York Telephone Company and served in a number of positions before retiring with the title of director of organization development.
Evidently retirement didn’t sit well with John, because he almost immediately started his second career, this time with Marriott Hotels and Resorts as regional director of training for hotels in the Northeast United States, as well as in Europe and the Middle East.

John has long been active in the community. He served for a number of years as board chairman of the Stamford Senior Center, as well as holding down a spot on the Board of Directors of the Senior Men’s Association. John and his wife Patricia are long-time Stamford residents. They have four children and 11 grandchildren.

Chris Munger

U.S. Marine Corps

Chris Munger graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis and was commissioned in the U. S. Marine Corps. He served with distinction, commanding operational units in both the United States and Vietnam and attaining the rank of captain. He was trained in jungle warfare and survival, as well as counter-intelligence and naval justice.

After leaving active military duty, Chris embarked on the establishment of a long and distinguished career of public service. He was a special agent with the FBI for 25 years, where he worked criminal and foreign counter-intelligence cases, as well as being in charge of the FBI New York Office police training program. In law enforcement circles, Chris is recognized for his leadership, strong administrative skills and tireless commitment to training, personal development and growth. Currently, he is coordinator for in-service training for the Rockland County Police Academy and is a member of an anti-terrorist analytical group that was very instrumental in introducing significant anti-terrorist initiatives.

Chris is presently chairman of the Stamford Republican Town Committee and is justly proud of his accomplishment of spearheading the GOP’s first mayoral victory in 14 years.

Residents of Stamford for 33 years, Chris and his wife Marge have four children and are the proud grandparents of seven grandchildren. We salute Chris Munger on his accomplishments.

Don Russel

U.S. Army Air Corps

If ever there was a love affair between an individual and his home town, it certainly existed between Don Russell and Stamford. Don always loved this town, watching it grow from a sleepy New England burg into a thriving and bustling metropolis. And not surprisingly in turn, Stamford and its residents loved, admired and respected Don for so many years. It is unfortunate and heartbreaking to require the past tense in discussing Don Russell, but destiny took him from our midst before we had the chance to bestow this award. Don was notified of this honor only days before he passed away.

Just about everyone is familiar with Don’s fabulous media exploits. His talents applied to a wide-ranging plethora of projects ranging from network news to the Jackie Gleason Show to the Grand Ole’ Opry, but Don also had an impressive military background which, coincidentally, aided in launching his show-biz career.

In the early ‘40s, with WW II raging, Don left college to enlist in the Army Air Corps. He was trained and assigned as a navigator and flew numerous combat missions in the European campaign. Along the way, his voice and his personality came to the fore, and he was assigned to Armed Forces Radio as a news announcer and disc jockey. The rest is history.

Our committee members loved and admired Don over his many years among us, and proudly designate him as one of our Honored Veterans.