Monday, January 16th, 2017

Distinguished Local veterans honored at Induction into State Veterans Hall of Fame

Distinguished local U.S. Army veterans’ and founding members of the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery Association, Don Linborg and Carm Pascarella were recently nominated for induction into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame by State Senator Mike Nozzolio. They were honored during a special ceremony at the State Capitol for their service to our Nation, as well as their dedicated efforts working alongside Senator Mike Nozzolio, in helping to establish the Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

Donald “Don” Linborg joined the United States Army in 1959 and served as an Intelligence Clerk in the S-2 section of Headquarters VII Corps Artillery in Stuttgart, Germany.

Following his honorable discharge from the Army, Don became a strong advocate and supporter of veterans’ issues, holding many key positions within the American Legion locally and statewide. Don currently lives in Walworth with his wife Mary. They have two sons and four granddaughters.

Carmen “Carm” Pascarella Jr. entered the United States Army in 1954, one year after graduating from high school. Carm served with the 594th Field Battalion in Giessen, Germany, specializing in the operation of the 155 mm howitzer, at the time, one of the Army’s largest pieces of artillery.

Upon being honorably discharged, Carm entered Mansfield State Teachers College on the G.I. Bill where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree.

Carm retired in 1990 after teaching at North Rose for 29 years.

Carm served as the Supervisor for the Town of Rose and spent 14 years as a member of the Wayne County Board of Supervisors. Carm currently lives in North Rose with his wife Margaret.

“Don Linborg and Carm Pascarella are American patriots who not only risked their lives serving our Nation overseas but, upon returning home, continued to dedicate themselves to helping other servicemen and women who did the same,” said Senator Nozzolio. “It is an honor to recognize these distinguished veterans for all they have done to establish the cemetery as a world-class final resting place for the many veterans who served with honor and dignity and for their commitment to serve others.”