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Veteran Spotlight: U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Peter D’Angelo

After graduating from MacArthur High School in the fall of 1994, United States Marine Corps Veteran Sgt. Peter D’Angelo attended one semester at C.W. Post before he decided to drop out and join the military.

 

“I couldn’t afford it,” D’Angelo said, “so I enlisted.”

 

Once finished with his basic training at Paris Island, S.C., D’Angelo was assigned to an administrative position in Arlington, Va. There, Deangelo would be put in charge of payroll... until one day when opportunity knocked.

“It was a matter of being in the right place, at the right time,” D’Angelo said. 

 

At the recommendation of his gunnery sergeant, D’Angelo would be assigned the React task force — a security team assigned to protect the president. 

 

For D’Angelo, his most exciting memory of the task force was working the inauguration of former U.S. President Bill Clinton. 

 

“We weren’t like the secret service,” he said. “We were a reactionary force.”

 

In contrast, he said, the most boring moments were working air shows, patrolling Air Force One around the clock. 

 

Honorably discharged in 1999, D’Angelo moved from Dale City, Va., back home to Wantagh, where he married his high school sweetheart.

Today, they have three children, two in the Levittown School

District and one in nursery school. 

 

D’Angelo joined the American Legion Post #1711 in Levittown about three or four years ago, and while D’Angelo said he never really used the G.I. Bill to go back to school, through his work with the legion, he has tried to convey that any kids interested in enlisting should attend school before joining the military.

 

He currently serves as the American Legion’s sergeant-at-arms, which entails overseeing security at the post as well as serving as color guard during the legion’s ceremonies throughout the year. D’Angelo is also the post’s resident chef and an active participant in the legion’s flag ettiquette program.  

News

Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy recently nominated 19 students from the Fourth Congressional District to the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Kevin Seery of Wantagh has earned one of the nominations to the United States Military Academy from McCarthy. Seery is presently attending Norwich University. 

It’s been a long time since Nicole Shaw and Chris McCabe first met—years, in fact—but after taking a chance on each other, the couple realized that they were meant to be with

McCabe recently proposing to Shaw at Old Westbury Gardens’ annual Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns after six years of dating. 

 

McCabe, now an NYPD officer, and Shaw, who works for Mill Neck Services for Deaf Adults, met in middle school and developed their friendship through high school, said Shaw. 


Sports

Dowling College’s Mike Groenthal, of Levittown, was recently named as Honorable Mention All-Conference selections from the East Coast Conference (ECC) in men’s soccer, as a forward. Groenthal is a junior at Downling. He is a graduate of Island Trees High School. 

 

The ECC was formed in 1989 to enhance intercollegiate athletic competition among member institutions and to assist them in integrating athletics into their academic program in a fiscally sound way. 

John Kane, of Levittown (pictured), scored as the 10th finisher overall in the Greater Long Island Club’s 15th Annual Six-hour 16th Birthday Run, which was recently held at Sunken Meadow State Park. Kane logged a total of 38.22 miles over the six hours, to earn him the 10th slot out of 140 participants.


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