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County officials honor deceased Navy nuclear submarine veteran

QUEENSBURY Bearing flags, a silvery bugle and solemn expressions, veterans stood at attention Monday while county and state officials recounted the military service of the late U.S. Navy Lt. Lloyd D. Higgins Jr. of Lake George. Enlisting in the Navy just days after graduating from Lake George High School in 1959, Higgins rose though the ranks in the Navy to become a Nuclear Power Machinists Mate Chief, then advanced to commissioned officer status. Higgins was chosen by Navy Admiral Human Rickover for the position. Higgins later served on 10 deterrent patrols missions in two nuclear-powered submarines the USS John Marshall and the USS Sam Rayburn, which carried Polaris missiles with nuclear warheads. For his distinguished service to his nation, Higgins was awarded the National Defense Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal and several others. In Mondays recognition ceremony, Queensbury Supervisor Dan Stec, a Navy veteran, said he knew from his own experience in the Navy that the Nuke engineers like Higgins were exceptionally smart and able. County Board of Supervisors Chairman Fred Monroe praised Higgins courageous deeds. He defended our nation with honor, Monroe said. Mike Russo, representing U.S. Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand, presented Higgins widow Carol with a U.S. flag, flown over the U.S. Capitol. It will soon be flown for a month over the county Municipal Center. Higgins service of 20 years is a poignant example of those who werent on the front lines, but were so very important in maintaining the balance of power during the Cold War and protecting our freedoms, Russo said. Dan MacEntee, representing state Senator Betty Little, noted Higgins exceptional valor and dedication as he presented Carol Higgins with a state Senate Liberty Award. The award was on behalf of the New York Division of Military and Naval Affairs. Harris was born in Jamaica N.Y. in 1941, but moved to Lake George when he was eight, and attended Lake George Central schools. Two years after graduating from Lake George High and enlisting in the Navy, Higgins married Carol Harris of Harrisena. They raised three children, Brian, Laurie and Dawn. The latter two attended Mondays service. County Veterans Services Director William McGarr noted Higgins enthusiasm for model railroading and fishing. until his passing in Oct. 2007 at the age of 65.

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