Tedisco presents NYS Senate Freedom Medal to Malta Vietnam veteran


As the city dedicates the veterans memorial site to Capt. USMC David T. Wallingford Veterans Park, Senator Tedisco Awards “True American Hero” Vietnam War Veteran with Senate Highest Honor

MALTA, NY–Senator Jim Tedisco (R, C-Glenville) yesterday presented the New York State Medal of Freedom, the Senate’s highest honor for service and bravery, to Vietnam War veteran and former captain of the United States Marine Corps, David Wallingford. Tedisco presented Captain Wallingford with the New York State Senate Medal of Freedom at a ceremony hosted by the Malta Veterans Appreciation Program naming the City of Malta Veterans Memorial Site as Capt. USMC David T. Wallingford Veterans Park.

Captain 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.

Captain Wallingford received 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. Captain 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 , are owed by our state and our nation. 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 adopted by resolution, for his courageous service to New York State and the United States of America, ”said Senator Jim Tedisco.

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