Joseph J. Gabelsberger

Joseph J. Gabelsberger

LET IT BE KNOWN, that it is with great respect and admiration that we honor Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Joseph J. Gabelsberger, upon his induction into the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor. Joe Gabelsberger’s exemplary contributions to the state of Michigan and the nation serve as an example to which we all should aspire.

Gabelsberger was born on March 9, 1940, in Detroit, Michigan. The son of a World War I veteran, he went on to serve in the U. S. Army and Michigan Army National Guard for twenty-eight years during the Vietnam and Cold Wars

Due to the passing of his father and the illness of his mother, he and his sibling were raised at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) National Home for Children in Eaton Rapids, Michigan.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army as a private and ultimately rose to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During his career he served in the Field Artillery, Military Policeman, and Infantry branches of the Army. After leaving active duty, he entered the Michigan National Guard and served as a recruiter and Professor of Military Science at the University of Detroit, Lawrence Technology, and Wayne State University.

Thankful for the experience at the VFW National Home, Joe was determined to pay it back. He dedicated his life to serving in uniform with the Army, the National Guard and working for the State of Michigan helping veterans as Lead Employment Specialist and Counsellor for 40 years. He was involved in several projects which helped veterans in a variety of ways. His work with the American Legion earned him the recognition as Veteran Service Officer of the Year. He sponsored a program called Tight Line for Troops which taught disabled troops to fish. He worked in the Transition Assistance Program (TAPs) which helps veterans transitioning from active duty into the civilian life. He helped the State’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) program as soldiers and airman deployed onto and from active-duty service call up. He was on a FM Radio Veterans Program highlighting veterans from across the state. He was a fundraiser for the VFW Home and for numerous veteran causes throughout his long years of service.

RESOLVED BY THE MICHIGAN LEGISLATURE, That we honor and commemorate the public service, dedication, and personal sacrifice of Joe Gabelsberger. His selfless service and commitment to the veterans of his state and this nation must never be forgotten. LTC Gabelsberger embraced the essence of American public service and should be recognized as a role model by all individuals.

IN SPECIAL TRIBUTE, Therefore, this document is signed and dedicated to honor Lieutenant Colonel Joe Gabelsberger, U.S. Army (Ret.) for his exemplary service to the State of Michigan and to the United States of America, and to commemorate his induction into the Michigan Military and Veterans Hall of Honor.