Geneseo Man is Newest Veterans Hall of Famer

GENESEO – The newest member of the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame is a Geneseo resident who continues to serve his fellow veterans in the American Legion and VFW.

According to a press release from Senator Patrick Gallivan, Dennis Staley was inducted to the Hall of Fame Tuesday at the State Capitol.

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“I am honored to be recognized by Senator Gallivan and New York State,” said Staley. “I enjoy working with veterans throughout the community who have served our country with pride.”

Staley attended Geneseo High School until 1960 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1961. Upon his graduation from basic training, he went to New London, CT for submariner school. Staley served aboard the U.S.S. Carbonero, S.S. 377, U.S.S. Hammerhead, S.S.N 633, a nuclear powered submarine.

Staley was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation Medal, the Good Conduct medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. He also has received the New York State Medal for Merit and New York State Conspicuous Service Star.

A resident of Geneseo, Staley is active with the American Legion Post 271 and VFW Post 5005, with multiple appointments to commander of both units.

“Dennis is a distinguished veteran who served his country in the U.S. Navy and continues to serve his community today,” said Gallivan. “As a long time commander of the Geneseo VFW and American Legion, he has advocated for veterans throughout Livingston County and continues to work to meet the needs of our local veterans every day.”

(L-R) Staley and Gallivan. (Photo courtesy of Sen. Patrick Gallivan)