Resolution J4698-2013

Honoring Louise McRoberts upon the occasion of her designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the New York State Senate

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  • Apr 29, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Apr 29, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Apr 25, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring  Louise McRoberts upon the occasion of
her designation as recipient of  a  Liberty  Medal,  the  highest  honor
bestowed upon an individual by the New York State Senate

WHEREAS,  It  is  incumbent  upon the people of the State of New York to
recognize and acknowledge those within our midst who have  made  signif-
icant contributions to the quality of life therein; and
  WHEREAS, From time to time this Legislative Body takes note of certain
extraordinary  individuals  it  wishes  to  recognize  for  their valued
contributions to the  success  and  progress  of  society  and  publicly
acknowledge their endeavors which have enhanced the basic humanity among
us all; and
  WHEREAS,  This  Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Louise McRo-
berts upon the occasion of her designation as  recipient  of  a  Liberty
Medal,  the  highest  honor  bestowed upon an individual by the New York
State Senate; and
  WHEREAS, The New York State Senate Liberty Medal was established by  a
resolution  in  2014  and  is  awarded  to  individuals who have merited
special commendation for exceptional, heroic, or  humanitarian  acts  on
behalf of their fellow New Yorkers; and
  WHEREAS,  Of the thousands of troops who enlisted in the United States
Armed Services during the Second World War, approximately 400,000  women
served in the military in various capacities over the course of the war,
many serving with medical units or as clerical aides; and
  WHEREAS, Louise McRoberts of Windham, New York, had the distinction of
serving  in  both  capacities,  first  helping  to  care for the wounded
returning stateside during the Battle of the Bulge, and later in Germany
serving with General George S.  Patton's  Third  Army  weeks  after  the
surrender of the Third Reich; and
  WHEREAS, Born in Hollis, Queens, New York, on October 14, 1924, Louise
McRoberts,  the  daughter  of Erna and Henry Kading, was a teenager when
the war began; she was too young to  enlist,  but  after  her  brothers,
cousins,  and  friends  joined the Armed Forces as the war deepened, she
joined the Women's Army Corps on her 20th birthday in 1944; and
  WHEREAS, During her instruction at an Army camp in  Georgia,  although
women were never assigned combat duties, Louise McRoberts's basic train-
ing  was  just as rigorous as that for men, with the same level of phys-
ical activity; and
  WHEREAS, Soon after her training, Louise McRoberts was deployed  to  a
medical  unit,  serving  in  a triage-type capacity as wounded Americans
arrived by the thousands during the infamous Battle of the Bulge; and
  WHEREAS, Louise McRoberts was stationed at Camp Shanks which holds the
distinction of being the nation's largest embarkation point  for  troops
being  deployed  overseas, including 75 percent of those involved in the
D-Day invasions; at the time, it was dubbed "Last Stop USA";  for  weeks
and  shifts  which  lasted for days, the soldiers continued to arrive at
the medical unit where Louise McRoberts was assigned, sorting  them  for
care  at  various  medical facilities depending on the severity of their
wounds; and
  WHEREAS, By early May 1945, Germany had surrendered and  Louise  McRo-
berts  was  assigned to Patton's Third Army, special services; this duty
would take her to Heidelberg, Germany, where she  would  handle  postwar
furloughs  for  GIs,  and  arrange  for  entertainment for the troops by
hiring local musicians and actors for plays and concerts; and
  WHEREAS, In August of 1945, Louise McRoberts was on her way to Germany
when she heard the United States had dropped an atomic bomb on  Hiroshi-
ma,  Japan;  the  unit  she  was  traveling with was briefly detained in

France; she observed much devastation, but was joyed hearing the war had
ended; and
  WHEREAS,  Following  her stint with the Army, Louise McRoberts married
her military sweetheart, Charles McRoberts, and together had  two  chil-
dren; in 1963, the McRoberts moved to upstate New York; and
  WHEREAS,  Louise  McRoberts  has  remained active in her community and
attends many military commemorative events; she has  volunteered  exten-
sively  to help others, and has worked with the Meals on Wheels program;
in addition, she is active in reading for youth programs, is  active  in
her church, and regularly attends VFW meetings; and
  WHEREAS,  In  2010,  Louise  McRoberts  was a Greene County veteran to
enjoy one of the Honor Flights to the World War II memorial at  Washing-
ton DC; and
  WHEREAS, In addition to her husband and two children, Louise McRoberts
is the proud grandmother of three grandchildren, all of whom feel privi-
leged to be a part of her life and rejoice in her achievements; and
  WHEREAS,  The  dedication  and  sacrifices  of  our military personnel
ensure our continued role as a  Nation  which  embodies  the  ideals  of
democracy,  and  is  a  defender  of  liberty for peoples throughout the
world; it is the sense of this Legislative Body to pay the highest trib-
ute to the valiant service displayed by the members of the United States
Armed Forces during that time of crisis; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor Louise McRoberts upon the occasion of her designation as recipient
of a Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the
New York State Senate; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Louise McRoberts.

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