On November 20, 17 former members of the armed services were inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Held at Moses Taylor, Jr., American Legion Post 136 in Mt. Kisco, the induction ceremony included two veterans from Pawling, Taren T. Cummings and Martin Galvin.
The New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame was established in 2005 to recognize outstanding veterans who have distinguished themselves in their military careers and their civilian lives. This gratitude was echoed by Senator Terrence Murphy, who inducted the new members into the Hall of Fame. “Our veterans should never be forgotten,” said Senator Murphy. “We should thank them for their service as often as we can. The sacrifices our veterans have made and the hardships they endured in times of conflict helped preserve our freedom. Many paid the ultimate price so that we can remain free. Without their bravery and unwavering dedication to duty, none of us would be here.”
The Pawling community can be especially proud of the two local inductees. Taren Cummings was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1965. Following basic training at Ft. Dix, NJ, he was stationed at Ft. Devens in Shirley, MA. Cummings served in Vietnam until June 1967, where he earned the rank of SP-4. During his service, he was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Sharpshooter-Rifle M-14. Following his service, Cummings joined the Pawling Police Department, and later, the New York State Police. After 35 years of service, he retired as a lieutenant. He currently serves as Village Justice in Pawling.
Martin Galvin enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps following the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Trained as a paratrooper at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, CA, Galvin earned a medal signifying him as an Expert Rifleman. During the conflict in the Pacific, he was dispatched with the 1st Marine Division and saw action in Bougainville, Vella Lavelle, and Iwo Jima before being sent to Sasebo as part of the army of occupation. Following his discharge as a Private First Class, Galvin joined the New York City Fire Department, attaining the rank of lieutenant before his retirement. Currently, he is a member of American Legion Hasler-Kamp Post #215 in Pawling.