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Our Military: Clifton Park deceased veteran honored

Thursday, May 3, 2012
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— A Clifton Park man who was wounded during the Korean War was honored April 17 as Saratoga County's Deceased Veteran of the Month.

John Furlow, who was born in Cohoes, enlisted in the Army in July 1950 and became a mortarman-gunner with the Second Infantry Division. He saw service in four battle campaigns. In February 1951, he was wounded, earning a Purple Heart.

His older brother, Robert, also served in the Korean War. He was taken a prisoner of war and died in a North Korean camp, said Eugene Corsale, co-chairman of the county's Honor Our Deceased Veterans Committee.

"Today we remember both John and his brother Robert Furlow who made the supreme sacrifice in saving the democracy of the South Korean nation," Corsale said.

"It can easily be stated that John Furlow was a heroic combat infantryman," Corsale said.

After the war, Furlow was employed by Preston Trucking in Schenectady and also owned and operated Don's Septic Service in Clifton Park. He was a lifetime member of the Jonesville Fire Department, a member of the Korean War Veterans Association and a leader of the honor guard at Saratoga National Cemetery. He died in 2000.

Furlow was also an avid collector of military patches, amassing more than 4,000 of them.

 
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