We Salute Those Who Serve - Tribute Wall

This virtual tribute wall is to honor and memorialize the accomplishments, experiences and stories of veterans, service members, first-responders, or a working dog or service dog team by showing the world that “we stand by them” in unity on and off the front-lines. To learn more about this program, please contact Jennifer Gisler, Chief Growth Officer at (631) 930-9057 Jennifer.Gisler@VetDogs.org.

Staff Sgt. Michael Ollis

A recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his valiant service.  He was K.I.A. in Afghanistan on August 28, 2013. 

Sponsored by:
The SSG Michael Ollis Freedom Foundation

Allan Repp

Beginning in 1965, Allan Repp served 4 honorable years of service in the United States Marine Corps. After graduating from Eastport High School on Long Island, NY, Repp was eager to serve our country and enlisted at the age of 18. He went on to train in infantry in Parris Island, North Carolina, and Key West, where he picked up MOS 0311 and a second MOS as Engineer. On the day of Repp’s 21st birthday, he arrived in Vietnam at the start of the Tet Offensive, and continued on to serve as Combat Engineer for 1st Engineer Battalion. Repp also served on the USS Tripoli and the USS Valley Forge for 6 months and participated in 13 combat operations with the 7th Marine Regiment. 
 
During his service, Repp exemplified noticeable leadership and valor. He has since received numerous well-deserved medals for his valiant service, including Vietnam Campaign, Vietnam Service, National Defense, Combat Action, Security Guard, Navy/USMC Accommodation w/Combat V, and Good Conduct. Today, he continues to show his passion of serving our country by actively volunteering at his local church, participating in the Marine Corp League, and serving on the board of the Eastport America Legion as former Commander and Chaplain.
Sponsored by Campolo, Middleton & McCormick, LLP 

Sergeant First Class Keith C. Martel (1978-2017)

SFC Martel served his country for a total of 23 years serving five combat tours, four in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.  He enlisted in the Army in March of 1996 where he attended basic training, Airborne and Ranger school.  He served with the 3rd Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment before being selected to attend Special Forces Qualification. Upon completion of the Special Forces Q course, he received orders to 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces group in Fort Carson, Colorado.  He served as the Senior Medical Sergeant and Instructor in the 10th Group in support of Operation New Dawn in his 5th tour. Last assignment he was personally selected in 2014 to serve as the S3X Special Activities Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for 1st Battalion, 10th Special Forces (Airborne) where he contributed immeasurably to the command’s success at tactical, operational and strategic levels.

THE PERSON
Keith Craig always the first for family and friend followed by his love for his furry family.  In difficult challenging times his coined go to phrase was “…it’s like herding cats”. One of his favorite activities in Germany was singing karaoke with his tremendous voice and love of music as a key part of his life. He was also a fan of the Minions in the Despicable Me movies.

AWARDS
SFC Martel’s military awards and decorations include the Bronze Star medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Special Forces Tab, Ranger Tab, Combat Medical Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, and the Parachutist Badge.   

Sponsored by:  Keith & Kelley Martel 
SFC Martel is also shown here with his father CSM Keith F. Martel taken in an operating base in Balad, Iraq where they jointly served in 2004-5.