World War II veteran Arthur Seidman, who celebrated his 100th birthday earlier this year, was inducted into the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame
and honored by Senator Elaine Phillips.
“Arthur Seidman is a true American hero for his fearless service in the military and his tireless dedication to his community,” said Phillips. “I am truly honored to recognize Mr. Seidman as a newly inducted member of the New York State Senate Veterans’ Hall of Fame.”
Seidman served in the Army from 1941 to 1946, fighting in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He earned a special commendation for his courage and resourcefulness while under heavy fire during the Battle of Luzon. He trained for the invasion of Japan and landed there after the surrender and served in the occupying forces.
His dedication and exemplary action earned him the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal and the Army Occupation Medal.
Seidman returned home to his wife, Lillian, whom he married in 1941, and began his career in the garment industry, where he worked for 50 years.
This past May’s 93rd annual Great Neck Memorial Day Parade was dedicated to Seidman for his commitment to the community.
The Great Neck resident has logged more than 14,000 hours of volunteer service at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH) since 1996, helping patients and their families in the cancer center and surgical waiting room.
“I’m pleased to announce that Arthur holds the record for time served as a volunteer,” said NSUH Executive Director Alessandro Bellucci, MD, at Seidman’s 100th birthday celebration.
“I’ve lived a very eventful life,” said Seidman, at his birthday celebration. “I’ve always tried to be as good as I could be. My father was my role model; I tried to behave as he did.”
He is a proud father of two children, Jane and Steven, and a loving grand-father of three, Kim, Kyle and Margot.
The Veterans’ Hall of Fame recognizes the brave men and women who have led extraordinary military and civilian lives.
“Our veterans are the backbone of our community,” said Phillips. “Mr. Seidman has proven this by living a life of service, serving his country and community with dignity, honor and courage.”