OSWEGO, NY – It was Youth Day at the Oswego County Legislature meeting Thursday. However, a centurion was the special guest of honor.
Ralph A. D’Amico of Oswego, a World War II veteran, was recognized upon the occasion of his 100th birthday.
He was born on April 13, 1917, in his family home in Oswego. He started his first job, delivering newspapers, when he was 8 years old. He earned 18 cents per week.
Years later, during the Great Depression, he worked as a pipefitter’s helper at the Oswego steam station.
At the age of 25, he enlisted in the US Army. He served as a ground crew chief during World War II in the Pacific Theater.
After the war, he returned to Oswego and continues to live there today.
He served 26 years as the director of the board of health of Oswego County, was the manager of the Nestles Federal Credit Union where he earned the Volunteer of the Year award in 2009. He was also director the Syracuse Credit Union District and was inducted into the Credit Union Hall of Fame in 2010.
The legislature recognized and commended Mr. D’Amico for his lifetime of citizenship in the community and his service to the nation.
The commendation was presented by Kevin Gardner, chair of the legislature, and Jacob Mulcahey, legislator of D’Amico’s district.
The guest of honor was greeted by hearty applause and a lengthy standing ovation.
“I just want to say, in 1923, my father, at 33 years old, was the first Italian to be elected to the Board of Supervisors in Oswego,” he told the legislators.