Gathering Jan. 4 to honor the late Gerald J. ‘Bucket”’McNeill for his service to Warren County and the nation, are (front row, left to right): fellow veteran Tom Butler of North Creek, McNeill’s wife Linda McNeill, his son Gerry McNeill Jr., (rear): Warrensburg High School Principal Doug Duell, WCS Superintendent of Schools Tim Lawson, county Board of Supervisors Chairman Dan Stec, state Senate aide Dan MacEntee, Warrensburg Supervisor Kevin Geraghty, and George Christian, aide to U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson. The McNeill family was presented with a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol (front, center) to memorialize Gerald McNeill’s service to the nation.
Photo by Thom Randall.
continued “This is for his exceptional valor and dedication,” MacEntee said.
Also paying tribute to McNeill was George Christian, aide to U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson. He presented the McNeill family with an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol.
Stec said that having worked in a ship’s engine room as McNeill did, he knew how blistering hot the work could be.
“He gave far more than he took from both his nation and his hometown community,” Stec said.
Warren County Veterans Services Director Denise DiResta said she had observed McNeill’s character during his many visits to the county Municipal Center and trips to the area VA hospital.
“He was a quiet, kind, and had a great sense of humor,” she said “Also, he was so courteous to the other veterans.”
McNeill’s military awards include the National Defense Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the Korean and China service medals.
Active in his community, McNeill was a long-time member of the Warrensburg Volunteer Fire Co., and was a 46-year member of the Warrensburgh Masonic Lodge, of which he served as Master. He also was a member of several area branches of the Royal Arch Masons.
The recognition of McNeill's service to his country and community was the latest of dozens of “Honor a Deceased Veteran” ceremonies held in Warren County since the program started in 2002.