LISVH Veterans Honored at 80th Anniversary of D-Day

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David Wolman (front left) and Frank Agoglia were joined by their families at the 80th anniversary of D-Day event at the Long Island State Veterans Home on June 6. Photos courtesy of SUNY.

Two residents of the Long Island State Veterans Home (LISVH) in Stony Brook were honored on the 80th anniversary of D-Day on June 6, an event that included proclamations from local government representatives as well as a keynote address from State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor John B. King, Jr.

David Wolman, 102, and Frank Agoglia, 100, were the guests of honor and were joined by their families at the event, which commemorated the anniversary of the D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944. LISVH Executive Director Fred Sganga introduced both men and said how honored the veterans home was to “provide you with the care that you certainly deserve as a World War II veteran.”

Wolman was a corporal in the U.S. Army Air Corps, 412th Air Service Group, 8th Air Service Force, 100th Bomber Group, and has received the World War II Victory Medal, the American Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal. Distinguished Unit Badge and the Liberty Medal. He later joined the Federal Aviation Administration.

Agoglia was a private in the U.S. Army, 325th Glider Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division, who once flew into France on a wooden glider attempting to land troops behind enemy lines. He received the Purple Heart, the European, African, Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with two bronze stars, the Good Conduct Medal and the Distinguished Unit Badge. He joined the NYPD in 1947, retiring in 1980.

“As I stand here today, I am deeply moved by the quiet heroism that surrounds us,” King said. “A heroism born of a generation that doesn’t often speak about what they did, but whose acts and contributions are profoundly feld by the world.”

Agoglia and Wolman were issued proclamations on behalf of New York State and Suffolk County, and Wolman was made an honorary detective and received a proclamation from the NYPD Detectives Endowment Association. Colors were posted and retired by the Marine Corps League, Suffolk County Detachment, and a closing benediction was delivered by Rabbi Joseph Topek.

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