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Community reacts to death of General with local ties
TROY -- Family and friends of Major General Harold Greene, known as Harry, said Wednesday that his legacy will focus on the way he interacted with others. His father, Harold Greene, said he is proud of the person his son was.
"One of the consistent notes he got on all his evaluations overs the years was that he made the people under him better," he said.
Greene said his son had a strong ability to work with people. That's what he was doing in Afghanistan when he was killed. Greene said his son's job was to help the country prepare for the US to leave.
"One of our other sons had heard a reference to a military Major General being killed. And knowing there were only three in Afghanistan, and one was our son, he checked. He was the one who called me," said Greene.
Greene said his son was fair, great with technology and intelligent. He said the Major General finished high school at Guilderland High early, then move on to college at RPI. That was the start of a successful career and a lifetime of learning. Major General Greene earned an ROTC scholarship and several degrees.
"Probably his most unusual characteristic was his ability to work with almost anybody and have virtually all sides come out ahead," said Greene.
"My heart's aching, my heart is aching," said Bob Conway.
Conway said he worked at the registrar's office at RPI when Major General Greene was studying there. The Major General, and then his brother, did their work study there. They stayed in touch with Conway ever since. Conway couldn't believe it, when he turned the news on Tuesday.
"All of a sudden his picture came up, it was like someone kicked me in the stomach," he said. Conway said Major General Greene was intelligent, wasn't afraid of hard work and had a memorable sense of humor. Although Conway was his boss, Conway said he was forever impacted.
"We knew a hero and he was truly that in every phase of his life, not just the military," said Conway. "And I'm a better person for knowing him."
Greene said his son was supposed to come home on Friday for a two week break and was planning to visit him in Guilderland.
He said the Major General's body is schedule to be brought to Dover Air force Base on Thursday. Services have not been set yet.