Resolution J4842-2013

Honoring James B. Mincher posthumously upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of a Liberty Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the New York State Senate

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  • May 13, 2014: ADOPTED
  • May 13, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 5, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring James B. Mincher posthumously upon the
occasion of his 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  James  B.
Mincher  posthumously  upon the occasion of his 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,  Born on February 19, 1926, in Binghamton, New York, James B.
Mincher was the son of the late Jay B. and Ida Bixen Mincher; he  gradu-
ated in 1942 from Waterford High School; and
  WHEREAS, James B. Mincher served his country as a member of the United
States  Army Air Corps from July of 1944 to June of 1946; he served as a
Medical Aidman with the 13th Air Corps in the Western  Pacific  Theatre,
and achieved the rank of Corporal; and
  WHEREAS,  James  B.  Mincher  was the recipient of numerous medals and
accolades for his exceptional  service  including:  Army  of  Occupation
Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and World War
II Victory Medal; and
  WHEREAS, After his discharge from the Army Air Corps, James B. Mincher
was  in  the  Minor League Baseball system of the St. Louis Cardinals in
Frankfort, Illinois, and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, from 1949  to  1950;
and
  WHEREAS,  Three  years later, James B. Mincher started working for the
Boston and Maine Rail Road as a Brakeman  in  Mechanicville,  New  York,
until retiring in 1988; and
  WHEREAS,  James  B. Mincher was called upon to contribute his time and
talents to countless civic and charitable endeavors and always  gave  of
himself  unstintingly;  he  was  a  70  year plus member of the Halfmoon
Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as treasurer for more than 50
years; and
  WHEREAS, In addition, James B. Mincher was a member and Past Commander
of the Halfmoon American Legion Post No. 1450,  as  well  as  a  retired
member of the Little Spruce Hunting Club; and
  WHEREAS,  James B. Mincher passed away on February 4, 2013, at the age
of 86; he is predeceased by his first wife, Shirley Johnson Mincher  who
died  in  1958,  his  second wife, Kathleen C. Walsh Mincher who died in
2002, and his sister, Norma M. Phillips; and
  WHEREAS, He is survived by his four children, Gary J.  (Amy),  Gregory
J.    (Sandra),  David  F.  (Lenore),  and Dianne M., and was the loving
grandfather  of  five  grandchildren,  Kristine  (Scott),  Brian,  Erica
(Edward),  Melissa,  and Megan, as well as one great-grandchild, Hannah,
all of whom feel privileged to be a part of his life and rejoice in  his
achievements; and

  WHEREAS,  Today, one year after his death, the bravery and willingness
of James B. Mincher to fight for the lives of his fellow  human  beings,
continues  to  inspire,  and  is  deserving  of the highest honor by all
defenders of freedom; and
  WHEREAS, Individuals such as James B. Mincher devoted to improving the
quality  of life for others, enabling them to build lives of dignity and
self-worth are deserving of the highest  praise  and  recognition;  now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor James B. Mincher posthumously upon the occasion of his 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 the family of James B. Mincher.

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