Spc. William Michael Puglise has been chosen for the Anderson/Allegany State Park Historical Society Veterans Recognition Award.
"I am proud of what I did for my country, and would do it again if asked," Puglise said. "I can't thank Western New York heroes enough for all they have done for me and my family along with the tremendous support they have provided. I also want to thank the Allegany State Park Historical Society, Lanny and Ann Marie Anderson and Paul Crawford at Allegheny State Park for this wonderful opportunity."
Puglise was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Good Conduct Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with two Campaign Stars, Army Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and the Combat Action Badge.
Pictured here is Spc. William Michael Puglise along with his three children: Taylor, 10, Layla, 6, and Lily, 3, and girlfriend April.
Puglise and his family will receive the following:
One week stay at handicap accessible or standard electric cabin during the summer season at a time chosen by the award winner;
$200 Visa gift card for groceries and souvenirs;
One chord of firewood to be delivered on site;
Dinner at the Red House Restaurant Friday or Saturday evening;
Historic and sightseeing tour of the park with Bob Schmid, park historian; and
Introduced at the Hootenanny if during the summer months.
The award was made possible by The Allegany State Park Historical Society, Lanny Anderson and Ann Marie Anderson, The Hootenanny Raffle, the Park Pharmacy in Salamanca and VFW Post 8734 in Little Valley, in cooperation with Allegany State Park management.
The award is named after Dade Anderson, a park ranger for 36 years and the idea conceived by his son, Lanny, and Anne Marie Anderson, Anderson's wife.