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Saratoga County Honors Veterans of the Year

SARATOGA SPRINGS - On Saturday, November 12, three World War II veterans will be honored as New York State Veterans of the Year during a ceremony at the New York State Military Museum, 61 Lake Ave., Saratoga Springs. The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. and the public is welcome to attend. The three men being honored, Dante James Orsini, Floyd J. Dumas and David W. Sexton, are all 91 years old.


Dante James Orsini
Sergeant Major Dante James Orsini enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp in 1940 and was attached to the 1st Marine Division. He served in the Pacific Theater of Operations and during the invasion of Guam and Okinawa.  


Orsini was part of a security team that guarded President Franklin Roosevelt; he worked for the late Congressman Gerry Soloman, and volunteers for State Senator Betty Little.
Currently a South Glens Falls resident, Orsini was discharged after six years of service. He married the former Hazel Deeb and has four children, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.


Floyd J. Dumas
Staff Sergeant Floyd J. Dumas was enlisted in the U.S. Army and was attached to the 45th Infantry Division. He served in the European Theater of Operations and during the invasions of Salerno and Sicily.


Dumas was captured by German forces and taken as a prisoner of war. He was held until an allied bombing attack on the prison allowed him to escape and make his way back to American lines. His written account of his time as a POW was later turned into a movie.
Currently a Queensbury resident, Dumas married Vivian Lapage and has three children, Bonnie, David and Stephen. Since his retirement as a tailor, Dumas spends his free-time
golfing. 


David W. Sexton
Staff Sergeant David W. Sexton was enlisted in the U.S. Army and was attached to the 90th Infantry Division, leader of the rifle squad. He served in the European Theater of Operations and was severely


wounded on Utah Beach, D-Day, and is a Purple Heart Recipient.
Sexton is the New York State Assembly's Sergeant at Arms. He is a Saratoga County employee, and is active in county politics as the county Republican chairman.
Currently a South Glens Falls resident, Sexton married Carmelita Sexton and they have one son.

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