Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara recognized Dominick Coppola of Schenectady with a proclamation from the New York State Assembly in honor of his 100th Birthday today!
In 1940, at the age of 18, Dominick Edward Coppola enlisted in the United States Army and was sent to the northwestern part of America where he was trained and became a “Timberwolf” in the 104th Division. In preparation for the war in Europe, the Timberwolves trained in the harshest environments of Oregon, Arizona and the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. His division was sent to France in 1944 where they fought off Nazi raids from the Atlantic coast and were so successful that even Nazi propaganda radio deemed them a threat. They eventually moved eastward alongside the Canadian Army toward Germany where they would meet the Soviet Red Army, which was moving westward as Germany surrendered.
After the war, Dominick began working as an electrician for the General Electric Company, where he would work for 45 years, and married the love of his life, Elinor, who sadly passed away in 2002 and with whom he raised four children.
Dominick on his 100th birthday said, “It was a great time to grow up and live, I’m sure as compared to today”.