The legacy of service is strong in the Hallett family. Edward Cagnek Hallett was born in 1943 and raised in Omena, one of eleven children of Chester and Anna Hallett. Seven Hallett brothers served in the US Military: Roddy, Chet, Hartford, Fred and Robert in the US Army, and Bill in the Coast Guard. Ed is the last surviving brother, and is a US Army Veteran who served from 1963 -1966 as a Specialist-4.
Ed volunteered to serve in 1963, and was stationed at Fort Knox for basic training. He was also stationed at Fort Balfour and Kansas. Ed served a year in Vietnam, In Alpha Company, 1st Engineer Battalion, which is the oldest engineer company in the United States Army.
Ed’s observation about military life is that the politicians should have to dig some foxholes.
We would love to hear from you if you have an Omena veteran in your family! We are gathering info about all our Omena veterans for an ongoing project and exhibit in 2021. Please email us at OmenaVeterans@gmail.com or contact us through Facebook. Thanks and please share!