A local veteran will represent New York state veterans at a national level.
James F. McNally, veteran and resident of Jamestown, will be installed on the National Veterans of Foreign Wars Council of Administration. He was also selected to represent New York at the 94th New York State Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention, which was held in Buffalo June 12-15.
McNally was born and raised in Dunkirk. Following his graduation from high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in Asia aboard the U.S.S. Uhlmann DD 687 as a radioman.
He was awarded the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for service in the defense of the Quemoy and Matsu Islands in the Formosa Straights. He was also awarded the Korean Defense Medal, the Navy E Ribbon, the New York State Medal for Merit and the 8-23 Badge of Honor from the Taiwanese Government.
Following his service, he earned his AAS degree in Fire Sciences from Jamestown Community College, and served for 32 years on the Jamestown Fire Department. He ranked as Assistant Fire Chief at the time of his retirement.
McNally is a life member of VFW Post 53, and has been active in the VFW for more than 35 years, receiving All-State honors as a post and county council commander. He was named All-American District Commander and has served on numerous state and national VFW committees.
Before he was awarded a position on the national VFW Council of Administration, he was elected State Commander at the 86th annual state convention in Buffalo. He then served as department of New York legislative chairman, officer training school chairman and instructor and on the national VFW legislative committee.
On the Council of Administration, he will represent more than 62,000 members and veterans throughout the state. During his four-year term, he will be involved in decision concerning the organization's budget, policies and future planning. He will be installed at the national convention held July 20-23 in Louisville, Ky.
McNally and his wife, Retha, reside in Jamestown, and have two sons, one daughter and nine grandchildren.