Daily News pays tribute to Woodsiders this Memorial Day
Remember these two men this Memorial Day.
They were born during World War II and grew up in Woodside, Queens, where they were in the same kindergarten class at Public School 76. They would later both serve in Vietnam, the war that defined their generation.
Robert Emmett O’Malley was badly wounded saving the lives of fellow Marines and came home alive.
Thomas Patrick Noonan also saved the lives of fellow Marines but was killed on the battlefield.
Both were awarded the Medal of Honor.
That two buddies from the same grade school, born five months apart in 1943, would receive the highest commendation for valor in the land is astounding.
But O’Malley and Noonan came from a special place called Woodside that erected a Vietnam Memorial in 1988 bearing the names of 27 young men from Zip Code 11377 who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.
That, according to local Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, is more than from any other postal code in the nation.
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