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Carmel, N.Y. (11/14/11) Twenty-seven veterans from throughout the Hudson Valley were honored at Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) Veterans’ Hall of Fame. Among them, was  Retired Technical Sergeant Kenneth H. Mallen of Beekman.

Mallen joined the United States Army on December 12, 1941, and served in the 658th Tank Destroyer Battalion during World War II. While stationed at Fort Ord in California, Mallen’s unit was designated as the 658th Amphibian Tractor Battalion and assigned to the Philippines, where the Battalion received credit for four campaigns: Bismarck Archipelago, Leyte, Luzon, and Southern Philippines. During his service, Mallen earned a Bronze Star, an Asiatic Pacific Service Medal, and a Philippines Liberation Medal.

A seventy-year member of the Beekman Fire Company, Mallen has been the town’s fire chief and also the Fire Commissioner for the Beekman Fire District. Receiving his teaching certificate from the State University at New Paltz, Mallen has also taught automotive mechanics at Green Haven Correctional Facility.

Created and hosted by Senator Ball, the Veterans’ Hall of Fame was designed to honor outstanding veterans from throughout the 40th Senate District. Each veteran that was honored will be included on a traveling wall that will tour local municipalities throughout the 40th district.

During his opening remarks Senator Ball said, “The veterans who are here today were nominated by their communities, hand-picked because they chose a path of courage, honor, integrity and bravery; a path that helped shape America as we know it, protecting our way of life and liberty.”