COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Karner Road Post Office honored a longtime postal worker and Vietnam veteran on Friday.
Paul William Dunphy, Sr. was born in Cohoes and was a graduate of Troy High School. He joined the Army right out of high school and was sent off to Vietnam.
He served with honor and distinction and returned home in 1973 to take a job with the post office. He met his wife there and worked there for over 30 years. He died unexpectedly a little over a year ago.
At the post office on Friday, Dunphy was honored. His wife was given a special gift and a wreath was laid in his name. Congressman Paul Tonko was there and said it’s important to honor all veterans but especially those who served in Vietnam.
“Having lived through that period, it was very difficult to watch as some returned with no welcome home; others with a harshness of treatment as they did come home, and so it is never too late for us in the name of Paul William dumpy and all who served us through that Vietnam conflict to say ‘welcome home;’ to say thank you lovingly and respectfully,” he said.
The post office is the largest employer, public or private sector, to veterans. Over 95,000 vets work for them.