Monday, March 27, 2023

New Windsor War Veteran Laid to Rest with Military Honors

A New Windsor resident who served in the Vietnam War and was an active member of the community was laid to rest with military honors at the Veteran’s Cemetery in Goshen this afternoon. Several members of the American Legion from New Windsor lined both sides of the road to salute Gamma as the procession passed.

Alexander Gamma, age 79, passed away on July 12, 2022 (obituary here).

Gamma proudly served his nation in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from March of 1967 to March of 1969. He served as a Specialist 4th Class in the 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry, 25th Infantry Division.

During his time in Vietnam, Gamma earned a Bronze Star, Gallantry Cross, and a Marksman Qualification Badge. He was honorably discharged from the military.

The Sons of American Legion Squadron 1796 from New Windsor assembled today to honor Gamma and pay their last respects. Fellow veterans lined up both sides of the road with motorcycles and saluted as the hearse passed in between them. The Goshen Police Department stopped traffic for the veteran’s procession.

During the funeral, active duty members of the U.S. Army removed the American flag that was draped over Gamma’s coffin and presented it to his family.

Gamma was active in the local community. He belonged to the American Legion Post 1796, as well as Elks Post 247, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Newburgh Post.

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