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  • Wednesday, December 29, 2021

    2020 Legionnaire of Year Inducted into Veterans Hall of Fame

    Wayne Baumgartner
    2020 Department of New York Legionnaire of the Year Wayne Baumgartner was inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans Hall of Fame in November by State Senator Sean Ryan;

    Baumgartner is a past commander of the Milton J. Brounshidle Post 205. The Town of Tonawanda resident is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He has been a member of the Legion for 52 years, holding a number of positions in his Post.

    When honored as Legionnaire of the Year, Baumgartner was described as representing “the service and commitment of what The American Legion is all about” by 8th District Commander William Miskell.

    Wayne Baumgartner with Sen. Sean Rya and Erie County Commaner Gary Wald

    Wayne Baumgartner with Sen. Sean Rya and Erie County Commaner Gary Wald

    “I am grateful to Mr. Baumgartner, not only for his service to our country as a veteran of the Air Force, but also for his dedication to the Tonawanda community in the decades that followed,” Senator Ryan noted.

    Bumgartner “volunteers countless hours to coordinate and plan events for the post, supporting the pillars of the American Legion: veterans affairs and rehabilitation, national security, Americanism, and children and youth,” Brounshidle Post Commander Ted Balbierz told the Ken-Ton Bee.
    Baumgartner joined the Air Force after graduating high school in July 1961. He reenlisted in 1965 and was deployed as an administrative specialist to Tan Son Nhut Air Base in South Vietnam in 1966. During his eight years of service, Baumgartner received several honors, including the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Medal.