On Sunday, September 22, Congressman Tim Bishop honored four generations of U.S. military service by the Gabler Family in a ceremony at the family’s home in Miller Place.
Spanning several generations, and wars, the Gabler family of Miller Place has certainly earned a distinction among military families.
Honored in a ceremony earlier this week, Tim Bishop presented military medals and special recognition to four generations of the Gabler family.
Munro Gable, a navigator in the Army Air Corps during World War II who participated in 20 combat sorties over enemy territory in the European Theater, was presented with three medals, including the World War II Victory Medal. Gabler, who earned the rank of lieutenant, was also presented an Honorable Service Lapel Button.
Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition were presented to Munro Gabler’s son, Laurence Gabler, who served in the US Air Force in Vietnam and Laurence’s son, Alexander Gabler who served in the U.S. Army in Bosnia. American flags previously flown over the U.S. Capitol were also presented to each of the veterans.
The Gabler family’s distinguished tradition of service began at the end of turn 19th Century when James Dunlap Gabler enlisted in the U.S. Army at age 17 to serve in the Spanish-American War. He re-enlisted in the New York National Guard in 1916 and was deployed to defend against cross-border raids into U.S. territory by Mexican general Pancho Villa.
“We owe our veterans a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid, and I am honored to recognize the Gabler Family’s steadfast dedication to serving our nation--a selfless commitment that has extended over four generations,” said Bishop.