A True American Hero

BOE President Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta presenting Mr. George Kunz his official high school diploma.
BOE President Mr. Nicholas Ciappetta presenting Mr. George Kunz his official high school diploma.
State Assemblyman and Huntington Supervisor elect Chad Lupinacci had high praise for our local hero.
State Assemblyman and Huntington Supervisor elect Chad Lupinacci had high praise for our local hero.
A sincere thank you to our friends at American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 and their ‘Legion Riders’ unit for making the evening extra special.
A sincere thank you to our friends at American Legion Greenlawn Post 1244 and their ‘Legion Riders’ unit for making the evening extra special.
George Kunz’s family includes the Eagen’s and Whitman teacher Ms. Kimberly Latko, all of who are extremely proud of their patriarch.
George Kunz’s family includes the Eagen’s and Whitman teacher Ms. Kimberly Latko, all of who are extremely proud of their patriarch.

On Wednesday night, November 8th, South Huntington School District was honored to present to George L. Kunz his High School Diploma from the Class of 1944.  Mr. Kunz, at the age of 17, left South Huntington High School to enlist in the U. S. Navy and serve his country during World War II.  Mr. Kunz actually turned 18 while on the train being transported to boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center.  He shipped out from Norfolk in 1944 as Motor Machinist’s Mate, Second Class, to Bizerte, North Africa, where he was assigned to the Landing Craft USS LCI-590 covering the Europe-Africa-Middle East Theater.

As an 18-year old sailor, Mr. Kunz participated in the landing of Southern France.  His responsibilities included running the landing craft that delivered troops onto the beach while under fire.  On one occasion, while approaching the shore, his craft was hit, killing at least one of his crewmen and paralyzing the landing craft on the beach. Mr. Kunz was stranded overnight in a foxhole on that beach, until being pulled off the next day by the Navy. 

MoMM2C Kunz was honorably discharged in 1946 and was recognized with the American Theater Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Medal, the European Theater Medal (1-Star), and the Victory Medal.

We are indebted to this American hero and thank him not only for his patriotic duty but also for this unique opportunity to recognize him as one of our noble Nation’s “Greatest Generation.”