A New Hartford man was inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame this week by Sen. Joseph Griffo.
Russel Fielding served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army from 1944 to Sept. 1946 during World War II, and served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army from 1951 to 1952 during the Korean Conflict.
While he was assigned to the 42nd Infantry’s Rainbow Division during WWII, Fielding received honors such as the Silver Star, a Bronze Star, a Combat Infantry Bade and a Presidential Unit Citation.
Fielding was awarded the Purple Heart after he was injured during a firefight at his command post with enemy forces, and he also aired at the concentration camp at Dachau on the day it was liberated from German forces.
While he was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve he was called back to serve in a noncombat role during the Korean Conflict, and afterward he went on to work for the Rome Daily Sentinel for 39 years before retiring in 1985.