Greg Zwarycz

Greg Zwarycz marched in the Garfield Cadets in the early 1960s. A warrant officer, Zwarycz went to Vietnam for his first tour of duty in 1966. He was a helicopter pilot assigned to the 1st Cav, 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion. One of their major campaigns was the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley (of "We Were Soldiers" fame). In the summer of 1967 Zwarycz was wounded in combat and was sent stateside for medical assistance. He later returned to active duty at Hunter Army Airfield.

Zwarycz received the Purple Heart, The Distinguished Flying Cross and The Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He served another tour in Vietnam in the early 1970s. Prior to his discharge, this honoree was commissioned as a first lieutenant and was promoted to captain before leaving the service. In 1991, Zwarycz passed away in a VA hospital in New York City.