Ohio Department of Veterans Services
M. Froome Barbour (deceased)
Hamilton County
United States Army Veteran
World War I
• Severely injured in air accident during WWI
• Graduated from University of Cincinnati Law School
• Appeared before US Supreme Court to argue right of 30,000 disabled veterans to sue government on war-risk insurance
• Past National Commander of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
• Past President, Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce Convention Bureau
• Past President, Cincinnati Club
John E. Binnion
Cuyahoga County
United States Army Veteran
World War II
• Past National Commander, Military Order of the Purple Heart (MPOH); Past President and Chairman of the Board, Service Foundation MOPH
• Reactivated the MOPH Chapter in Cleveland, established a National Service Office there, and formed several new chapters in the state
• Writer, editor, teacher
• Has held numerous leadership positions in fields of education, business and volunteerism
• CPA in Oklahoma and Texas
• Certified Administrative Manager, US and Canada
• Certificate, Mortgage Banking Association
David E. Brown (deceased)
Summit County
United States Army Veteran
World War I
• Severely injured in World War I
• Past National Commander, Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
• Served on national executive committee, finance committee and two terms as National Senior Vice Commander
• Past local and Department Commander, DAV
• Successful businessman - largest coal company in Akron
• Former deputy sheriff in Summit County, Ohio
• Past Summit County Veterans Service Commissioner
George E. Bush
Gallia County
United States Army Veteran
World War II
• Pearl Harbor survivor
• Retired as a General
• Chair, Gallipolis, 175th Anniversary Celebration Committee
• Historian, Membership Chair, Finance Committee Chair for Grace United Methodist Church
• Board member for Gallia County Historical Society
• Headed three local school levy drives and local library drive
Jimmy Crum
Franklin County
United States Marine Corps Veteran
World War II
• Raised more than $26 million for various charities
• Initiated "Recreation Unlimited" and Celebrity Waiters' Luncheon fundraisers
• Helped organize the local chapter of the American Federation of TV and Radio Artists
• Devoted to individuals with handicaps, especially children
• Founding Chair of the Board of the Ohio Special Olympics
Norman H. Dohn
Miami County
United States Army Air Corps Veteran
World War II
• Pioneered action-oriented news reporting programs on television
• Broadcast journalist for Voice of America
• Information Officer for US Embassy in the Philippines
• Editor of the Ohio Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) News for 40 years
• Professor at Ohio University for 25 years, now Professor Emeritus
• Otterbein College Board of Trustees
Esther E. Fraizer
Licking County
United States Navy Veteran
World War II
• Held many posts in the American Legion at both post and district levels
• Worked at Buckeye Boys State and visited veterans in nursing homes
• Volunteered with Special Olympics at Dennison University
• Was active in American Association of Retired People (AARP) and the Ohio Child Conservation League
• Volunteered with the Salvation Army soup kitchen
• As "Grandma" Esther, read to elementary school children for several years
Paul E. Frederick
Hamilton County
United States Army Veteran
World War II
• Past National Commander of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
• Past State Commander, Ohio Disabled American Veterans
• Past President of the Ohio Funeral Directors Association
• Past President of Kiwanis, Cincinnati
• Past President, Community Improvement Association
• 1994 Co-Chair of $3 million fund drive for expansion of community church
Elmer H. Fuhrhop
Henry County
United States Army Veteran
World War II
• Assisted children in his community by driving a school bus, keeping score for basketball teams and donating equipment and time to provide record "hops" for local students
• 4-H advisor
• President of Parent Teachers Organization (PTO)
• President of local band boosters and active life member of school athletics boosters
• Charter member responsible for organizing Sons of the American Legion Squadron 262 in Hamler
• Superintendent of church Sunday school
• Served American Legion at post, district and department levels
• Eleven years as Vice-Chair of National Commission on Children and Youth and thirty-three years as a member of the commission
Frederick W. Galbraith Jr. (deceased)
Hamilton County
United States Navy Veteran
World War I
• Crew member on first steel schooner to sail around the Horn to Japan - became a Ship's Master
• Attended founding meetings (in France) of the American Legion
• First State Commander of the American Legion in Ohio
• Second National Commander of American Legion
• Organized Queen City Tobacco Company in Cincinnati
Kenneth M. Glass
Butler County
United States Navy Veteran
World War II
• Administrator and Professor of Education, Miami University
• Faculty advisor to several college student groups
• Author of The Hornets and their Heroic Men
• Serves on scholarship committees and student selection committees
• Gives talks on World War II to various organizations
• Miami University Parents of the Year, 1985
Jack O. Hicks
Marion County
United States Air Force Veteran
Korean War
• Past National Commander of Disabled American Veterans
• Former member of Governor's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped
• Mayor of LaRue for ten years
• Presidential appointment by Jimmy Carter as member of the National Highway Safety Advisory Committee from October, 1980 to March, 1983
Billy A. Hill (deceased)
Franklin County
United States Army Veteran
Vietnam War
• Head football trainer, The Ohio State University, 1973 - 1995
• Member, U. S. Olympics Committee Sports Medicine Council
• Team Trainer for the World Championship Games, Pan American Games and many Olympic Games
• Member, Veterans Task Force, The Ohio State University
• Director, National Youth Summer Program, Young Scholars Program, The Ohio State University
• Board member and fund-raising chair, Martin Luther Kink, Jr. Arts Complex
• Chair, International Challenge Day (Columbus/Dresden, Germany)
• Distinguished Service Award, Spring Commencement, The Ohio State University
Martin A. Janis
Lucas & Franklin Counties
United States Navy Veteran
World War II
• Architect and grandfather of aging services in Ohio, recipient of many awards for his efforts on behalf of mental health, mental retardation and aging programs
• Former chairman, present member, Board of Trustees, Ohio Veterans Home
• Former state representative and former Director of Ohio Department of Mental Hygiene and corrections; Helped launch Ohio Administration on Aging and named Director of the Ohio Commission on Aging
• Board member, American Federation for Aging Research and Friends of the Institute on Aging
• Helped build multipurpose senior centers in virtually every county of the state; active in Ohio and Toledo civic programs for more than 50 years
Paul A. Johnson
Athens County
United States Navy Veteran
World War II
• Former Pastor, Hocking Valley Parish - traveled over 1 million miles serving the five congregations which made up this parish
• Long list of awards in Athens area including those from: Central Red Cross, Athens County Children's Services, Millfield Mine Memorial Committee, Christian Church of Ohio, Athens County Community Service Council, District Boy Scouts, Sertoma, Bellaire High School Alumni, and Honorary Chairman for building new Beacon School
• Following retirement from the ministry, organized reunion of shipmates
• Author of "Grandpa is a WWII Veteran"
• Alumni Award of Merit, Eureka College
Joseph Koralewski
Lucas County
United States Army Veteran
World War II
• Past National Commander, AMVETS
• Volunteer driver for American Red Cross
• Active member of St. Catherine's Church and member of Toledo Senior Center Council
• Dedicated AMVETS member who has served in many capacities at all levels of the organization
• Currently Chair of AMVETS National Special Olympics Committee
Paul E. Leimkuehler (deceased)
Cuyahoga County
United States Army Veteran
World War II
• Former Ohio State Bicycling Champion
• Severely wounded in WWII, subsequently started artificial limb business in Cleveland
• President of the Ohio Rehabilitation Association
• President of The American Orthotics and Prosthetics Association
• Always an avid sportsman, he became a pioneer of amputee skiing which today is enjoyed by thousands of disabled skiers
• Inducted into National Ski Hall of Fame
Martha E. McCrary
Cuyahoga County
United States Army Veteran
World War II
• Wrote and published "The Colonel was a Lady"
• Inducted into Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, 1988
• Brought health needs of seniors over 60 to Richard McCann, President and CEO of Meridia Hillcrest Hospital resulting in the 1987 founding of the Senior Circle of Care now numbering 30,000 members
• Volunteers weekly at the hospital
• Opened 3,000 bed Kennedy General Military Hospital in 1942
• Chief Nurse for Veterans Administration (VA) in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware
• 20 years as Chief Nurse at Brecksville VA Hospital
• Councilwoman in Mayfield Heights
John R. McQuigg (deceased)
Cuyahoga County
United States Army Veteran
Spanish-American War and World War I
• Second State Commander of the Ohio American Legion
• First Ohio-born National Commander of the American Legion
• Mayor of East Cleveland, 1907 -1913
• Following WWI, was a Brigadier General in the Ohio National Guard
Roger A. Munson
Lake County
United States Navy Veteran
World War II
• Past National Commander of the American Legion
• Worked to improve facilities at Camp Cheerful, a camp for disadvantaged youth and a project of the Society for Crippled Children in the Cleveland area
• Chairman of the National Security Commission championing a strong military defense system
• Past President of Cleveland Heights Joien Veterans Council
• Past President of Cleveland Heights Fire Pension Board
• Chairman of First Covenant Church of Cleveland
• Active in voter registration efforts: 89.5% of Legion members participate in elections; promotes communications between veterans and their legislators
Robert Clark Neff
Crawford County
United States Navy Veteran
World War II
• Bucyrus Law Director, 1962 - 1995
• Clerk of Sessions, First Presbyterian Church
• Past Chair, Crawford County American Red Cross
• Life member, Salvation Army Advisory Board
• Member, Board of Directors, Bucyrus Area Community Foundation
• Past board member, Bucyrus Chamber of Commerce
• Life member, past President, Bucyrus Kiwanis Club
• Board of Trustees, Crawford County Community Concert Association
• First recipient: Ohio Northern University College of Law Distinguished Alumnus Award for Community Service
Nora M. Kendall Noble
Licking County
United States Air Force Veteran
Vietnam War
• First nurse to make transition from nurse corps to the line when she became base commander at Newark Air Force Base
• Following military career, established school in Newark without funds or material - school was accredited 19 months later (unheard of in the State of Ohio)
• Involved with community organizations including: Licking County Aging Program, Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, Private Industry Council (PIC), Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), United Way, Girl Scouts of America and Board of Visually Impaired
• Vice President, Ohio State Medical Board
Barney B. Palkovacs
Franklin County
United States Army Veteran
World War II
• Severely wounded in North Africa
• Received Bachelor of Science Degree (Pharmacy) from University of Cincinnati in 1949
• Retired from Gray Drugs in 1965; Chief, Pharmacist, Chillicothe VA Medical Center
• Honored by Department of Veterans Affairs for research with Thorazine, Serpasil and Dilantin
• Awarded 45 year membership pin from Knights of Columbus Council 5429
• First statewide VA Coordinator for the Ohio Knights of Columbus
John H. Rosemond Sr. (deceased)
Franklin County
United States Army Air Corps Veteran
World War II
• Served with distinction as a Navigator-Bombardier while with the "Tuskegee Airmen" during WWII
• Medical Degree from Howard University, 1951; received Outstanding Service Award from Howard University College of Medicine in 1980
• First black elected on a city-wide basis to Columbus City Council in 1969; served three four-year terms and positions of President-Protem and Chairman of the Airport and Development Committees
• Candidate for Mayor of Columbus, 1975
• Member of the Board of Trustees of Ohio Theatre, Franklin University, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, GCAC, Capital South Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation and Bethany Presbyterian Church
Marvin M. Stine
Fairfield County
United States Army Veteran
World War II and Korean War (Prisoner of War)
• Survivor of the "Battle of the Bulge"
• Captured twice and made POW by Germans during WWII
• Commanded burial detail for repatriated WWII Veterans from 1947 through 1950
• Past Commander, American legion Post #11, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and American ex-Prisoners of War
• Past District Commander of Forty et 8 American Legion
• Organized group to support foster children from Lancaster
R. David Thomas
Franklin County
United States Army Veteran
• Adopted at six weeks by Rex and Auvela Thomas from Kalamazoo, Michigan
• Joined U. S. Army at age 18; stationed in Frankfurt Germany, and was one of the youngest managers of an Enlisted Men's Club
• Opened first Wendy's Old Fashioned hamburgers restaurant November 15, 1969 in Columbus; began franchising the Wendy's concept in 1973
• Enthusiastic supporter of charities including: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Children's Hospital in Columbus, Recreation Unlimited, The Ohio State University Cancer Research Institute and the Children's Home Society of Florida
• Established the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in 1992
James M. Wagonseller
Fairfield County
United States Army Air Corps Veteran
World War II
• Flew 50 missions over Central Europe and France
• Chosen Lancaster's Man of the Year in 1949
• Department Commander of the Ohio American Legion from 1954 - 1955
• Held a number of key positions and chairmanships within the national American Legion organization
• In 1974, elected National Commander of the American Legion
Milo J. Warner (deceased)
Lucas County
United States Army Veteran
World War I
• Graduated from The Ohio State University with a law degree
• Severely wounded in action in France, July 1918
• Was one of the founders of the Ohio Department of the American Legion in 1919
• Served as the 6th State Commander of the Ohio American Legion, 1924 - 1925
• In 1940, elected National Commander of the American Legion
• Active in community, civic and legal organizations in the Toledo area
Lawrence B. Wetzel
Wayne County
United States Army Veteran
World War I
• He entered the army from his native Pennsylvania
• Retired from civilian career as US Postmaster in Pennsylvania in late 1950s
• Moved to Wayne County, Ohio in 1986 where he was actively involved in numerous community activities
• Until his death in 1996 spoke to elementary school classes in Wooster - in uniform - about World War I and visited other World War I veterans in Wayne County nursing homes
Robert L. Wilbraham
Lake County
United States Marine Corps Veteran
• Active in veterans affairs through AMVETS for more than 35 years; held every elective and appointive office at Post level
• Past Ohio Department Commander of AMVETS
• At National level, served on Membership, Programs, Constitution and By-Laws, Resolutions, Youth Activities, Legislative Action, Building, Grievances, and Honors-Awards Committees
• Served as National 4th District Commander, the largest membership division in AMVETS, and as National Vice Commander for Membership and Programs
• National Commander of AMVETS in 1983
• Elected to the Board of Trustees of AMVETS Nation Service Foundation in 1987, and re-elected yearly until his death in 1997
• Elected as President of the Board of Trustees from April 1989 until 1997
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