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Vanderheyden Day of Remembrance

Vanderheyden Day of Remembrance

May 25, 2018

For information: Cathy Yudzevich
                            (518) 874-4901

WYNANTSKILL, N.Y. - Vanderheyden Team Members and individuals participated in “A Day of Remembrance” in advance of Memorial Day on Friday, May 25, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Troy, New York.

Six residents from Vanderheyden Hall, formerly known as the Troy Orphan Asylum in Troy, and the Fairview Home in Colonie, who died in the Civil War, World Wars I and II and Vietnam were honored.

The ceremony was held at the Troy Orphan Asylum obelisk, which is located adjacent to the Victorian fountain area, directly across from the Earl Chapel and the historic Meneely tolling bell.

The heroes who were honored:

• Thomas Gould Morrison, Captain, Company G, 61st Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army, who died at Corbin’s Bridge near Todd’s Tavern, Virginia in the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse on May 8, 1864.

• Floyd Charles Mosher, Private, 5th Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Company, U.S.M.C., who died July 29, 1918 in France.

• Herman A.C. Gajeway, Jr, Water Tender First Class, U.S. Navy, who died October 17, 1941 in the Battle of the Atlantic. He was awarded a Purple Heart.

• John George Gunn, Corporal, 31st Infantry Regiment, U.S. Army, who died in a Japanese prison camp in the Philippine Islands, August 10, 1942. He was awarded the Bronze Star.

• Preston Russell Smith, Sergeant, 26th Infantry Division, U.S. Army, who died in Sicily during the North Africa campaign on July 27, 1943. He was awarded the Silver Star and an Oak Leaf Cluster.

• Cornell “Corky” Pettys, Specialist Four, D Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry, Americal Division, U.S. Army, who died in Quang Ngai Province, South Vietnam on September 1, 1969. He was awarded the Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service and Vietnam Campaign medals.

As part of Vanderheyden’s 185th Anniversary, an initiative is underway to identify, honor and locate the graves of the estimated 250 children who died under the agencies since 1836. More information will follow soon.

Vanderheyden began as the Troy Orphan Asylum in 1833. This year, Vanderheyden will celebrate its 185 anniversary. Today, our facilities provide a safe haven for youth, adults and families who have experienced family disruption, trauma, abuse, emotional difficulty, developmental disability and learning problems. The Richard A. Desrochers Educational Center at Vanderheyden is a Regents accredited 7-12 grade program that provides education to individuals who are at risk of not succeeding at school, and those in need of a special education. Vanderheyden is committed to a family focused, trauma informed, and community based system of care. For more information visit and follow us on Facebook.