Eugene J. Ratigliano, a native of Watertown, NY
enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve on August 17, 1965 and completed basic
training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. Upon graduation he was ordered to active duty
aboard the USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7) and during his tour aboard Guadalcanal participated
in a number of deployments at sea where he earned his Foreign Expeditionary
Medal and eligibility for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
served in the U.S. Navy for over 26 years, achieving the rank of Master Chief
Petty Officer (E-9) retiring in September 1991. His career included a number of demanding
leadership assignments which include assignments in Navy Recruiting as the
Command Master Chief and Chief Recruiter for 174 recruiters in a 10 state
recruiting region and as the Director of Administration for a Naval Readiness
Command Staff during Desert Storm. Following
his active service he became employed by the U.S. Department of Energy's Naval
Reactors Division where he retired after 21 years of Federal civilian service.
During his military career he
was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Meritorious
Unit Commendation (2 awards), Navy Good Conduct Medal (4 awards), Naval Reserve
Meritorious Service Medal (2 awards), National Defense Service Medal (2
awards), Foreign Expeditionary Medal, Navy Recruiting Ribbon (9 awards), Navy Recruiting Gold
Wreath for Excellence (5 awards), Armed Forces Reserve Medal (2 awards), Navy Sharpshooter
Medal, Navy Expert Rifleman Medal, NY State Conspicuous Service Medal, NY State
Long and Faithful Service Medal, NY State Conspicuous Service Cross and the NY
Naval Militia Recruiting Ribbon, and the New York State Senate Liberty Medal
Since becoming a member of the Veterans of
Foreign Wars Gene has held many positions of leadership, both elected and
appointed. Gene has served his Post
through the chairs as Post Commander for three years earning the All State
Commanders Award, and again as Commander of his County Council where he served
for two years, again earning the All State Commander’s Award. In 2010, Gene began his advancement through
the chairs of his District and was elected District 3 Commander for 2013-14 and
continues to provide support to his Post and Council as their Quartermaster.
State Commander Ratigliano has served the
Department of New York as State Inspector, Chief of Staff and has been
appointed to a number of committees which include the Veteran Service
Committee, Legislative Committee, By-Laws Committee, National Affairs
Committee, Convention Committee and the Service Officer Journal and Raffle
Committees as its Chairman to name a few. He also has represented the Department for three years on the VFW
National Legislative Committee. On June 9, 2018 Gene was elected State
Commander at the VFW 97th State Convention in Albany, NY.
and following his military service Gene has earned an Associate of Science Degree
in Business Management, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and
a Master of Arts Degree with Honors in Naval Warfare.
his community, Gene serves on many committees which include the Vietnam
Veterans 50th Anniversary Committee, WWI Memorial Refurbishment Committee,
Veterans Parade Committee, the local Congressional Advisory Board and was recently
inducted into the NY State Senate Veteran's Hall of Fame.
is a Gold Legacy Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Life Member of
the Disabled American Veterans, Life member of the VFW National Home for
Children, member of American Legion Post 234, Italian American War Veterans
Post 35, 52 Year member of the U.S. Naval Institute, member of the Naval
Enlisted Reserve Association, member of Fleet Reserve Association Branch 285
and Member of Military Order of the Cootie. Married 46 years to Nancy Jean (Metz) Ratigliano, they are blessed with
two wonderful children, Jennifer and Andrew and one grandson, Jack.