County recognizes Jack McQueen

Jack McQueen, center, received special recognition from the Niagara County Legislature and the county Office for the Aging last week. To his left, Office for the Aging director Ken Genewick listens as Niagara County Legislator Keith McNall reads a proclamation calling attention to McQueen's good deeds. McQueen is a decorated World War II veteran and a longtime volunteer with the Office for the Aging.

World War II veteran Jack McQueen was honored last week by the Niagara County Legislature and the county's Office for the Aging.

McQueen, 92, of Gasport, has been a volunteer with the Office for the Aging for 30 years, helping to deliver meals to the elderly in their homes across the county. 

McQueen is "quite a man," legislator Keith McNall, R-Lockport, said. "He's a true American hero."

Ken Genwick, director of the Office for the Aging, said McQueen deserved recognition for his service to country and older adults in Niagara County.

McQueen recently was awarded the Légion d'Honneur Chevalier medal, given to World War II veterans who fought in France and earned the Bronze Star.

McQueen was drafted into the Army 1944, at age 21, and served as a light-machine gunner with the 28th Infantry Division, which saw combat in France, Belgium and Germany. As a machine gunner, McQueen was one half of a two-man crew — one fired the weapon while the other fed the gun bullets. Machine gunners drew a lot of attention from the Germans, McQueen said.

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