For many, he was the face of New York. Many either loved him or hated him as Mayor, as he was ready with a friendly quip or a cutting remark at the drop of a hat. His legacy may be debated, but few argue that he did not bring the city back from the edge of the abyss (or at least start the process).
For others, he was SGT Koch, combat infantryman, WWII. Word is, he did indeed earn the CIB and saw action in the Hurtgen Forest among other places.
May the light have welcomed you home SGT Koch, and at the Green your friends await.