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1st Lt. Stephen E. Karopczyc Memorial Dedication

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto recently addressed a large crowd in Bethpage in Rotary Circle near the Bethpage LIRR Station at a special ceremony to unveil a memorial for Medal of Honor Recipient 1st Lt. Stephen E. Karopczyc. Lt. Karopczyc, who grew up in Bethpage, served in the United States Army’s Company A, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division. 

 

Karopczyc received the medal posthumously for heroic action on March 12, 1967 in Kontum Province, Republic of Vietnam. At risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, Lt. Karopczyc, under intense enemy fire, in the open, hurled colored smoke grenades to designate the positions of the enemy for helicopter gunships.  

 

He was wounded above the heart by an enemy sniper but continued to direct his men. Though placed in a safe area with two other wounded soldiers, he leaped upon an enemy grenade, which landed a few feet from them, sacrificing himself to protect his comrades. 

 

Karopczyc succumbed to his severe wounds two hours later. In January 1969, Secretary of the Army Stanley R. Resor presented the Medal of Honor to his parents Edward and Katherine Karopczyc. 

 

Both of Karopczyc’s parents attended the memorial ceremony in Bethpage. 

News

More than 475 runners from all across Long Island, came together on Aug. 30, for the tenth annual Companions in Courage one-mile run.

 

For Andrea Kopatka, 49, of Levittown, this was her first race in three years. 

 

“I wanted to run this race before I turned 50,” she said. “It was on my bucket list.” 

Over the summer, 13-year-old Zachary Martin of Levittown was named an All-American athlete for his performance on the gridiron, earning him an invitation to the ninth annual Offense-Defense Youth All-American Bowl in Orlando, Fla.

 

Martin, a defensive lineman for the Wisdom Lane Middle School Wildcats, said he was selected among a group of young athletes after attending a rigorous five-day football camp at LIU Post.  


Sports

The National Brain Tumor Society hosts its Long Island Brain Tumor Walk on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Jones Beach State Park, 1000 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. Programs and activities run from 8 a.m. to noon.

Michelle Duffy of Levittown was recently named head coach for the Blue Angels’ cross country program at the College of New Rochelle. 

 

“We are very pleased to have a coach with Michelle’s pedigree take the reins of our cross country program,” said Athletics Director Harold Crocker. “Her success athletically and academically, as well as her ability to mentor and guide young women, makes her the ideal coach for the Blue Angels.”


Calendar

Island Trees Board of Education - September 17

Mini-College Fair - September 17

All-Star Comedy Show - September 18


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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