Sept. 6, 2018

ODVS Announces 2018 Ohio Veterans HOF Class


Contact: Chief of Communications: (614) 728-0235

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Veterans Services has announced the members of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2018, and our own Doug Theaker is one of the inductees.

These 20 outstanding inductees will be honored for their accomplishments and achievements at the 26th annual Induction Ceremony in November for their post-military service. This class of candidates represents 13 Ohio counties and four military branches.

The 2018 Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Inductees are:

·         Fredric L. Abrams                   Air Force           Warren County

·         Ronald L. Albers                     Air Force           Franklin County

·         Cassie B. Barlow                     Air Force          Greene County

·         *Francis Leroy Clendenen      Army                 Licking County

·         Orvil D. Cooper                       Army                 Lawrence County

·         Haraz N. Ghanbari                  Army, Navy       Wood County

·         James L. Gibson                     Navy                 Guernsey County

·         Paul D. Haller                          Navy                 Jackson County

·         Ronald J. Hartman                  Army                 Clermont County                   

·         Joseph A. Machado                Army                 Fairfield County

·         Robert P. Milich                      Air Force           Mahoning County

·         *Charles L. Murray                 Army                 Franklin County

·         Merle J. Pratt                          Navy                 Franklin County

·         Fredrick L. Pumroy                 Air Force           Greene County

·         Clifford Riley                           Army                 Clermont County

·         Dana L. Robinson-Street        Navy                 Franklin County

·         Ronald A. Schwachenwald     Army                 Lorain County

·         Douglas D. Theaker     Navy          Richland County

·         E.J. Thomas, Jr.                      Air Force          Franklin County

·         Robert J. Wilhelm                    Marines            Guernsey County

*Awarded posthumously

Ohio veterans and the general public are invited and encouraged to attend the Induction Ceremony:

Induction of the 2018 Class of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Radiant Life Church, 7100 Post Road, Dublin, Ohio 43016

9 a.m. Continental Breakfast Reception

10 a.m. Induction Ceremony

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The Class of 2018 was chosen from among 119 nominations. This year’s class joins 854 Ohio veterans who have been inducted since 1992 and represent all eras and branches.

The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame was established in 1992 by former Gov. George Voinovich to recognize the post-military achievements of outstanding Ohio veterans. Charter members of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 1992 included the six Ohio veterans who were elected President of the United States as well as Medal of Honor recipients from Ohio. Honorees of the past 25 years include astronauts, community volunteers, community leaders, safety officers, veteran advocates and former government officials.

The members of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame are honored in a permanent display near the Ohio Statehouse at the Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio.

The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame is administered by the Ohio Department of Veterans Services in collaboration with the Hall of Fame Executive Committee. Comprised of 13 veteran volunteers, the committee members serve as advisors to the Hall of Fame and their primary purpose is to annually select up to 20 honorees.

Bios and photos of the 2018 class will be available at the week of Monday, Sept. 24, 2018.

Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Coordinator:

Sandra Puskarcik, 614.752.8941


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