Former Fort Drum garrison commander to be inducted into New York Veterans Hall of Fame

By GORDON BLOCK | Watertown Daily Times, N.Y. | Published: May 10, 2013

A former garrison commander of Fort Drum, N.Y., will be inducted into the state's Veterans Hall of Fame on Friday at a special ceremony on post.

Terrence L. Roche, a retired colonel and a member of the Army for 26 years, was in the command role in 1984 when it was announced that the 10th Mountain Division would be coming to the post. He has been credited with helping plan and execute the $1.2 billion development and expansion of the post area.

The news was announced in a press release from state Sen. Patricia A. Ritchie, R-Heuvelton, who made the selection.

"Fort Drum is such a huge part of the North Country, and Col. Roche has played a tremendous role in the post's expansion and success right from the beginning," Ritchie said in the statement.

Attempts to reach Roche after the announcement were unsuccessful.

The state honor is not the only recent recognition for Mr. Roche. In April, he was named Carthage's Citizen of the Year.

In 2010 he was recognized with the Shapiro Award, presented by the Greater Watertown-North Country Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Roche is active with the American Heart Association, Carthage Development Group, Carthage Industrial Development Corp., Fort Drum Regional Liaison Organization, Knights of Columbus, Rotary Club of Watertown and St. James Catholic Church, Carthage. He also has held board positions on numerous community groups.

The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. today at the post's USO building.

Other hall nominees who will be honored during Friday's ceremony are Clifford F. Carr Jr. and Charles G. Solar, from Jefferson County. Honorees from Oswego County are L. Angeline Scaglione Canale, Chief Warrant Officer Clarence Carney, Julius Sherwood Dunham, Walter Fischer, John Flanagan, Charles Otis Griswold, John Hasto, Kenneth Leamon, Wayne Long, Trevor Loomis, Stephen Mizgala, Herb Pelton, Laurence Rector, Paul Riordan and Arnold Shaw.

Representing St. Lawrence County will be Maj. Maurice Halpin Barry, Donald "Jake" Corbine, Raymond Cutway, Larry Deets, Robert Giordano Jr., Paul Mitras, Isaac Perkins, Patrick Rourk, Staff Sgt. Hillard Seaker, William Shippee and Leonard Yablonski.


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