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Westport veteran inducted into state Veterans Hall of Fame

Published 8:07 am, Friday, November 8, 2013
  • Westport veteran William F. Vornkahl 3rd accepts a citation from Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman during a Nov. 1 ceremony in Hartford inducting him into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame, established by the state Department of Veterans Affairs, recognizes veterans for lifetime dedication after their active service. Photo: Contributed Photo / Westport News
    Westport veteran William F. Vornkahl 3rd accepts a citation from Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman during a Nov. 1 ceremony in Hartford inducting him into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame, established by the state Department of Veterans Affairs, recognizes veterans for lifetime dedication after their active service. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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Army veteran William F. Vornkahl III, long active in Westport veterans' activities, has been inducted into the Connecticut Veterans Hall of Fame.

Vornkahl, who served during the Korean War era and has been an organizer of Westport's Memorial Day parade for four decades, was inducted into the hall during ceremonies Nov. 1 at the state Capitol.

The Hall of Fame was established by the state Department of Veterans Affairs to recognize the lifetime contributions of veterans after their active service.

Now 83, Vornkahl, from 1952 to 1954 was a radio operator for the Army's Signal Corps and served 14 months on the Japanese island of Hokkaido, according to the biography distributed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

In addition to his involvement with Westport's Memorial Day parade, Vornkahl has been president of the town's Veterans Council and chairman of the town's Veterans Day parade, according to a news release issued by the office of state Sen. Toni Boucher, R-26.

"Mr. Vornkahl has sacrificed so much for his country," Boucher said in the release. "It was an honor to pay tribute to a man who exemplifies service to his community and country and who helps keep the memory of all veterans alive."

Westport's statehouse delegation presented Vornkahl with a citation from the Legislature on his induction to the Hall of Fame.

It reads in part, "The General Assembly congratulates you on this achievement and offers its gratitude for your outstanding service to our nation and to the town of Westport."

The Hall of Fame each year selects at least 10 inductees from applications received from across the state and nation.

The Veterans Hall of Fame is administered and sponsored by the state's Department of Veterans Affairs and the Connecticut Military Department.