Rainbow Division Veterans Gather for Reunion
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- New York Army National Guard Col. Phil Pugliese, left, Chief of Staff of the 42nd Infantry Division Headquarters, speaks with WWII veteran of the famed "Rainbow Division" Harold Melinek at the New York State Miliitary History Museum with Maj. Benjamin Tupper, the division public affairs officer. The three were on hand for the opening ceremony of the Rainbow DivisionVeterans Memorial Foundation 92nd Annual Reunion. The reunion, held in Albany, runs from July 12-14th. Melinek served in the division’s 42nd Chemical Company during WWII. This year marks the first large-scale gathering of the division’s Iraq war veterans under the foundation leadership of its latest chairmen, retired Maj. Gen. Joseph Taluto. Taluto, the former Adjutant General for the New York National Guard, commanded the 42nd Infantry Division in Iraq in 2005. Photo by Master Sgt. Peter Towse, 42nd Infantry Division.