Valetta, Anthony W. "Chip" COHOES Anthony "Chip" Valetta, 93, a retired Colonel of the U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers and retired N.Y.S. Department of Trans portation real estate appraiser, died unexpectedly on Monday, January 14, 2013 at his home. Anthony, known by everyone as "Chip" was a native of Green Island and was the son of the late Michael and Mary Mangione Valetta. He was a 1938 graduate of Heatly High School where he was a star athlete and co-captain of the soccer team and captain of the basketball and baseball teams. In 1938 he was selected to the West Side All Star Team and later was awarded the first American Legion Sports Medal for excellence in basketball from the Legnard-Curtin Post 927 presented by commander Frank Legnard, Sr. In 2007 he was inducted into the Heatly High School Hall of Fame. Chip attended New York University
School of Education, Physical Education Department, Siena College, and graduated from the Hudson Valley Community College Highway construction course. He entered the U.S. Army at Camp Upton, Long Island, N.Y. as a private in February 1942 at the beginning of World War II
. Following basic training he was assigned to the 3rd Chemical Warfare Mortar Battalion at Ft. Bliss, Texas, where he attained the grade of sergeant. Shortly thereafter he entered Officer's Candidate School at Ft. Belvoir, Va., and upon graduation in 1943, was commissioned a 2nd lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. He served for three years with the 805th Engineer Battalion and the 1903rd Engineer Battalion and participated in the invasion of Saipan, Mariana Islands, Okinawa and Ryuku Islands receiving the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic Campaign Medal with two stars and a Unit Citation from admiral of the Navy, William "Bull" Halsey. Additionally he received a letter of recognition from Air Force General Henry "Hap" Arnold and a letter of recognition from President Harry S. Truman. During Chip's 37 years of military service, he held many military engineering assignments, the last being an assignment to the chief of Engineers, Washington, D.C. He was a graduate of the U.S. Army General Command and Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, the U.S. Army Logistical Management School, Ft. Lee, Virginia and the U.S. Army Engineer School Advanced Engineers Course. In 1977, following a long and distinguished military career, Chip retired from the U.S. Army with the rank of colonel in the Corps of Engineers. He was a life member of the American Legion and was a 56 year member of the Legnard-Curtin Post # 927 in Green Island, where he served as post commander, service officer, financial officer, chairman of the building committee, corporation president and treasurer. He also served two terms as vice commander of the Albany County Committee of the American Legion and was the organization's commander for the year 2000-2001. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
, Watervliet City Post #729, The Reserve Officers Association, the U.S. Army Engineering Association, the Green Island Senior Citizens Association, The Vagabond Club of Green Island, Lodge # 1500 Watervliet Elks and the Association of N.Y. State Highway Engineers. He was also a NYS Notary Public, member of the Watervliet Arsenal Pitch and Putt Association, Veterans of Lansingburgh, Voiture Locale 348, 40/8 and the Cannon Community Club of the Watervliet Arsenal. He was a former member of the Rev. Austin J. Corbett Post of the Catholic War Veterans, CSEA, State Professional Employees Federation, Local 99 Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and the Green Island Assessment Review Board. In 2012, Chip was honored to serve as the grand marshall of the City of Watervliet Memorial Day Parade. Chip was a former employee of the John A. Manning Paper Company of Green Island, the E.F. Hauserman Co., Metal Partitions Fabricators of Cleveland, Ohio and a 32 year member of Local 99, Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners. Chip was the beloved husband for 57 years of the late Elsie G. Millette Valetta. He is survived by his loving daughters, Marlene Brennan of Green Island and Jeanne (Tom) Cotrofeld of Delmar; his cherished grandchildren, David Brennan of Niskayuna and Kathleen Brennan of Green Island; his great-grandson Jack Brennan of Niskayuna; his sister Elizabeth Taylor of Jamison, Pa.; his brothers-in-law, Robert Grady of Springfield, Mass. and Bill Millette of Menands; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother John Valetta and his sisters, Philomena De Conno, Angeline Powers and Rita De Crescente. A service will be held on Friday morning at 10 o'clock in the Parker Bros. Memorial, 2013 Broadway, Watervliet. Interment, with military honors, will follow in St. Agnes Cemetery, Menands. Relatives and friends are invited and may also call at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 until 8 p.m. Contributions in memory of Anthony "Chip" Valetta, may be made to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 3 Oakland Avenue, Menands, NY, 12204 or to a
. Please visit: www.parkerbrosmemorial.com to light a candle, leave a message of condolence or for directions.