Local veteran inducted into NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame

Photo of state Sen. James Seward and Otsego County veteran Thomas McMillen, courtesy of Sen. Seward's office

An Otsego County veteran is being honored by New York State for his years of service to his country.

Posted: May 15, 2018 5:23 PM
Updated: May 15, 2018 5:34 PM

An Otsego County veteran is being honored by New York State for his years of service to his country.

Thomas McMillen was inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame on Tuesday by state Sen. James Seward.

McMillen served in the U.S. Army on active duty from 1967-1973, and he completed two tours in Vietnam. During his service he rose up to the rank of Captain, first serving as an infantry platoon commander and later as a Chinook helicopter pilot, according to his Hall of Fame biography.

“Thomas McMillen is a true American hero, and more than worthy of inclusion in the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame,” Seward said in a news release. “Tom displayed superior bravery and courage while serving our nation. His two tours in Vietnam – first as an infantry platoon commander and later as a helicopter pilot – highlighted a rare skill set and demonstrated his desire to put country first. He was a gifted leader who took on new, demanding challenges throughout his military career and excelled at every turn. Our country is better because of Thomas McMillen.”

McMillen also received many awards and honors throughout his career, including the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with 6 Campaign Stars, the Bronze Star Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Cluster and the Army Aviator Badge, among others.

McMillen also served part-time in the Army National Guard, which he retired from in 2001 as a Chief Warrant Officer 4.

Inductees for the NYS Senate Veterans Hall of Fame must be former members of any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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