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September 18th, 2013

Veteran Tartter presented with Purple Heart

Mr. Harold Tartter, Jr. and family members celebrate with Representative Sean Patrick Maloney after a special ceremony during which Mr. Tartter was presented with the Purple Heart for his years of service.

NEWBURGH - At a ceremony at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System at Montrose, Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) presented Mr. Harold Tartter Jr. with a Purple Heart and other service medals earned while serving during the Korean War. The Purple Heart is one of the oldest and most recognized American military medals, awarded to service members who were killed or wounded by enemy action.

"Harold Tartter Jr. selflessly answered his nation’s call to defend democracy and freedom in the Korean War," said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, son of a Navy veteran, "I am proud that today this American hero finally received the proper recognition for his sacrifice and dedication."

Born on September 22, 1929, Harold Tartter Jr. grew up in Pleasant Valley, New York. After graduation, Mr. Tartter joined National Guard in 1948 then transferred into the Army in 1949 to serve in the 156 Field Artillery of New York’s 27th Division. While serving in the Korean War, Mr. Tartter was injured while manning a Howitzer that the North Koreans attacked and was then discharged in 1953.

Upon being discharged in 1953, Tartter worked in Highland and Poughkeepsie before moving to Manhattan where he met his wife, Marge. In 1963, Tarter married Marge and lived in the Bronx. After Marge passed away in 1984, Tartter then moved to Pleasant Valley and Poughkeepsie. He now resides in Montrose, NY.

As an avid collector, Tartter has a collection of Franklin and Danbury Mint model car as well as albums like Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Bing Crosby, and Dean Martin. As a longtime New Yorker, Tartter continues to support Army, the New York Giants and the Yankees.

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