Pine Bush Resident Receives Four Medals 40 years after Vietnam

Goshen, N.Y. – Orange County Executive Steven M. Neuhaus took part in the presentation of four medals and the AirCrew Badge to former U.S. Navy Petty Officer Third Class Ed Foddrill of Pine Bush for his service in the Vietnam War on Friday.

Neuhaus was joined at the ceremony at American Legion Post 1420 in Newburgh by elected officials, including Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, and local veterans.

“Mr. Foddrill answered the call to serve his country and deserves to be honored,” Neuhaus said. “No amount of time can reduce the debt of gratitude we owe to brave men such as him. These decorations are certainly long overdue. As a Navy Officer, I was honored to be part of today’s ceremony, and to have a chance to get to know Mr. Foddrill.”

Friday’s event was planned by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Senator Gillibrand worked with the Navy to get Foddrill the medals more than 40 years after he earned them. She was unable to attend Friday’s ceremony due to a commitment in Washington, D.C. and asked Maloney to present the medals to Foddrill on her behalf.

In addition to the AirCrew Badge, which recognizes advanced training and was presented with the U.S. Navy Good Conduct Medal for honorable and faithful service, Foddrill also received the National Defense Service Medal for honorable service in a designated national emergency during a time of war or conflict, the Vietnam Service Medal with bronze star devices for participation in and direct support of military operations in Vietnam, and the Vietnam Campaign Medal for direct participation in major military operations.

By serving in Vietnam, Foddrill continued a long history of military service by his family. A member of the Foddrill family fought in every major American war since the Revolution, when Charles Foddrill served under General George Washington in the Battle at Brandywine on Sept 11, 1777, crossing the Delaware River with the Continental Army.

“It’s been a long time," Foddrill said. “This is a very humbling experience. I want to thank everyone who has supported me. This is for all the men who died in Vietnam. God Bless America.”

Ed Foddrill enlisted in the Navy at age 16 and left for Basic Training the day after graduating from high school. He flew air support for Naval Operations in DaNang, Vietnam, taking off and landing on aircraft carriers and bases up to five times a day. His security clearance was so high, that he flew without a parachute, so if he had to abort his mission, being captured would not be an option.

After his military service, Foddrill worked in facilities operations across the Hudson Valley. He spent 10 years serving as volunteer chair of United Way’s Day of Caring, which completed more than 300 local projects.

“Mr. Foddrill served our country bravely and we are all very proud of him,” Neuhaus said. “We thank him for his commitment to this great country. I was honored to share this wonderful moment with Mr. Foddrill and his family.”

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