The Town dedicated part of McKay Road in Huntington Station
as SSgt. Michael J. Colamonico Way, after a Huntington Station resident who served in World War II and was a member of the Huntington Veterans Advisory Board.
The members of the veterans board had requested the street be renamed in his honor.
Colamonico, a veteran who spent 17 months in a German prison camp during World War II, died in 2013.
He was 92.
When the war ended, Colamonico returned home to Brooklyn, and worked in the textile industry. Later he joined with the Nassau/Suffolk Long Island American Ex-Prisoners of War Association and later served with the Veterans of Huntington Committee.
“Michael J. Colamonico served his country in the United States Air Force during World War II, and at the end of a 13-hour bombing run, a German Messerschmidt fighter plane shot down the B-17 bomber on which he was a top turret gunner, over France on December 31st, 1943,” said Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci, as he presented the resolution, “held prisoner at the infamous Stalag 17 in Austria where he spent 17 months in captivity, and finally liberated on May 3rd, 1945, in Braunau, Germany, Mr. Colamonico dedicated his life to his family and veterans affairs issues as an advocate for active military and veterans.”
Caption: Lorraine Colamonico (center) and daughter Laura Fanzilli surrounded by Councilman Eugene Cook; Councilman Mark Cuthbertson; Supervisor Chad A. Lupinacci; Town Clerk Jo-Ann Raia; Councilwoman Joan Cergol; Councilman Edmund J.M. Smyth; members of the Huntington Veterans Advisory Board.