Malta Vietnam War Veteran Presented New York State Medal of Freedom | Local News


MALTA, NY – Vietnam War veteran and former United States Marine Corps Captain David Wallingford of Malta received the New York State Medal of Freedom, the Senate’s highest honor for service and bravery.

Senator Jim Tedisco presented the award to Wallingford on Sunday at a groundbreaking ceremony hosted by the Malta Veterans Appreciation Program naming the City of Malta Veterans Memorial Site as Capt. USMC David T. Wallingford Veterans Park.

Wallingford served in the United States Marine Corps from 1967 to 1970, serving in combat during the Vietnam War. He was awarded Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”, Purple Heart Medal, Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat “V”, Combat Action Ribbon, Citation Presidential Unity, Navy Unity Commendation, Meritorious Unity Commendation, National Defense Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal with Four Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Medal of the Bravery of the Vietnamese Armed Forces Meritorious Unity Cross with Palm, the New York State Outstanding Service Cross with a Single Device and the New York State Outstanding Service Star.

Wallingford obtained a bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine / classics from the College of the Holy Cross. During his civilian career, he served as special assistant to the director and deputy director for the northeast of the state division of veterans affairs, and regional administrator of the employment services division of the labor department. from the NYS.

In addition to helping others through veterans organizations, he is a member of the Friends of the NYS Military Museum and the City of Malta Veterans Committee.

Wallingford and his wife, Helene, are the parents of four children and six grandchildren.

“Captain Wallingford is a true American hero who served our country with honor and courage, then returned home and dedicated his life to helping fellow Veterans receive the help and support they need, and, frankly our state and our nation are owed, ”Tedisco said. said in a press release. “The Vietnam War was not a popular conflict at the time and those who served did not have the parades, thanks and appreciation they deserved.

“The sincere recognition for the service of all who fought in Vietnam, like David Wallingford, was long overdue and I am proud to present him with the highest honor of the State Senate, the Medal of Freedom, which must be passed by resolution, for his courageous service to New York State and the United States of America.

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