Oneonta World War II Veteran Enshrined In Senate Hall Of Fame

June 14, 2011

ALBANY, 06/14/11 – State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I-Oneonta) today paid tribute to John P. Nowhitney of Oneonta as a 2011 inductee to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.

“John Nowhitney is a true American hero, the exact type of individual the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame was created to honor,” said Senator Seward.  “Today’s ceremony was extremely special, and it gave me great pride to welcome John and his family to the Capitol for the induction   My whole-hearted congratulations to John and his fellow inductees.  Further, my thanks to all veterans past and present, your courage, sacrifice and achievement are something each and every American can be proud of.” John P. Nowhitney served in the United States Navy during World War II.  Nowhitney saw service with the famed Task Force 58, and spent a great deal of his service time on board the aircraft carrier U.S.S Bealleau Wood in the Pacific Theater of Operations.

Nowhitney was awarded a number of military honors for his service including World War II Victory Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with one silver star and four bronze stars, Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, Combat Action Ribbon, and Philippine Liberation Medal with two stars.

The New York State Senate Veterans Hall of  Fame  inductees may be former members  of  any  branch  of  the  United States Armed Forces.  The exceptional men and women are chosen for this prestigious honor based on either  service in combat or notable work performed after discharge from the service. Nowhitney was recognized during a special ceremony at the Capitol along with other inductees to the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame.  A legislative resolution (J2277) honoring Nowhitney and the rest of the hall of fame class of 2011 was adopted unanimously by the state senate. 

Nowhitney’s biography along with those of other inductees, past and present, can be found on-line at