Ohio Department of Veterans Services
BG James M. Abraham
Franklin County
United States Army and Ohio Army National Guard Veteran
World War II
• Persuaded the Army to reestablish the ROTC program at Ohio University
• Former Ohio Assistant Adjutant General for the Army
• Awarded a U.S. patent in medium pressure systems
• Developed the Wide Area Radiation Monitoring System to provide historical data on normal background radiation levels throughout Ohio
• President of Gahanna Civic Center, Inc.
• Past chairman of the Mifflin Township Trustees
• President of Ohio and Franklin County Societies of Professional Engineers
• Past commander Department of Ohio Military Order of World Wars
• Ohio University Academy of Distinguished Graduates
• Published author: "A Time of Ignorance and Terror"
Otto F. Apel Jr.
Pike County
United States Naval Reserve Veteran
United States Army Veteran - Korean War
• Chief Surgeon and Executive Officer of the 8076th MASH
• Consultant for the television series MASH
• Published author, "MASH: An Army Surgeon in Korea"
• Faculty member at the 18th Annual MEDCOM Health Education Conference in Seoul, Korea
• During the Korean Conflict, he pioneered work reducing the number of amputations of limbs with extreme trauma to the arteries
• Member of the board of directors of the Southern Ohio Medical Center
• Co-founder and president of the Scioto County Drug Abuse Council
• Chairman of the Heart Fund Drive
• Donated 1,460 hours in one year to community organizations
J. Ronald Bowman
Lucas County
United States Army and Ohio Army National Guard Veteran
Korean War
• Held every rank category from private to major general
• Served as special counsel to the Ohio Attorney General
• Noted speaker on patriotism and leadership; and at veterans functions
• Elected three times as judge of the Lucas County Court of Common Pleas
• Past president of the Toledo Bar Association and of the Toledo Junior Bar Association
• 33rd degree Mason
• First elected judge of the Housing and Environmental Court of the Toledo Municipal Court
• Past president or chairman of numerous public and civic boards and commissions
• Past president of the Toledo Law Association
Richard A. Brown
Franklin County
United States Marine Corps Veteran
World War II
• Committee chairman and charter representative of Cub Scout Pack 481
• Director of the Football Ushering Program at The Ohio State University
• Awarded the Boy Scouts Silver Beaver Award, the highest award an adult can receive from a local Scout Council
• Awarded the United Methodist Church Torch Award by the West Ohio Conference for exceptional service to Boy Scouts
• Charter member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 1984
• Past Department of Ohio Commander, Military Order of the Purple Heart
• Past Commander of American Legion Post 82
• Former member of AMVETS Post #89 Honor Guard
• Served on the Mayor's Advisory Board and Operation Flag
• President of the Northland Kiwanis Club
D. Michael Crites
Delaware & Allen Counties
United States Navy Veteran
Vietnam War
• Partner in Teaford, Rich, Crites and Wesp in Columbus, Ohio
• United States Attorney, Southern District of Ohio from 1986-1993
• Selected to serve as the head of the United States Delegation to the Council of Europe in October 1991
• Chaired the U.S. Attorney General's Ad Hoc Committee on Veterans Affairs
• Implemented the "Drug Free, Gun Free School Zone" program in various schools throughout the Southern District
• Created and chaired the Southern District of Ohio Health Care Fraud Task Force and Financial Institution Fraud Task Force
• Co-founder and member of the first board of directors of the Olentangy Rotary Club
• Elected President, Olentangy Local School District, Board of Education
Joel C. Davis
Wood County
United States Army Veteran
Korean War
• Assisted in starting an orphanage in Korea
• Former commander of American Legion Post 240
• Held all elected offices of Voiture Locale 1095 of the Forty et Eight
• Served in the Ohio State Highway Patrol Auxilliary
• Elected as a trustee of Buckeye Boys State
• Elected treasurer for the Village of Luckey
• Charter and life member of the National Korean War Veterans Association
• Honored with the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award
• Representative for the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America for more than 30 years
• 32nd degree Mason
George H. Gornall
Fairfield County
United States Army Veteran
World War II
• Life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars with 43 years of service
• Life member of the American Legion
• VFW Post #3761 Commander from 1966-67
• All American VFW District #11 Commander and Captain, All State Team from Ohio 1982-83
• VFW State Buddy Poppy Chairman for five years
• Led VFW Post in Buddy Poppy Promotions from 1966-2000, raising more than $31,000.00
• Served on VFW National Hospital Committee
• Served as Chairman for more than 30 years
• Volunteered more than 3,358 hours of service at veterans hospitals throughout Ohio
• Assisted with the VFW Voice of Democracy programs, youth activities and Americanism
• Organized blood drives in the local community for the American Red Cross
Howard L. Kabler
Brown County
United States Army Veteran
World War II
• Served on the Board of Trustees of the Ohio Veterans Home
• Served as parish council president for St. Michael's Catholic Church for 17 years
• Chairman of the Brown County March of Dimes
• Past president of the Ripley Kiwanis
• Elected for two terms as the mayor of Ripley
• Instrumental in establishing a Disabled American Veterans Hall in Ripley
• Past commander of the Disabled American Veterans, Department of Ohio
• DAV Chapter #90 Service Officer since 1946
• Brown County Veterans Service Officer for 16 years
Benjamin E. Reed
Summit County
United States Naval Reserve Veteran
• Past national commander of the Army and Navy Union, U.S.A.
• Past Department of Ohio commander of the Army and Navy Union, U.S.A.
• Created a program in Summit County to hire and train veterans in auto body repair and painting
• Participated in county programs to help families in need during the holidays
• Participated in the 1995 Cincinnati Stand Down
Milton D. Reed
Portage County
United States Army Veteran
World War II
• Past national commander of the Army and Navy Union, U.S.A.
• Past Department of Ohio commander of the Army and Navy Union, U.S.A.
• Current national adjutant general of the Army and Navy Union, U.S.A.
• Past chaplain for the Summit County Council War Veterans
• Former member of the Akron Boxers Trainers Association
• Former member of the Board of Portage County Boys Club
• Created a program to train veterans in auto body repair and painting
• Retired vocational education teacher
Bonnie C. Rost
Hamilton County
United States Navy Nurse Corps Veteran
• Served 16 years as a PTA legislation chair
• Worked three years to obtain traffic lights for school children to be able to cross county roads safely to attend two schools
• Charter member and field representative since 1992 for the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, Washington D.C.
• Former member of the Governor's Advisory Committee on Women Veterans
• Member of the Management Assistance Council, VA Healthcare System of Ohio
• Member of the Navy Nurse Corps Association, Reserve Officers' Association, AMVETS Post #1963 and associate member of the Korean War Veterans Association
Barbara Rounds
Hamilton County
United States Army Nurse Corps - Vietnam War
United States Army Reserves
• Current member of the Governor's Advisory Committee on Women Veterans
• Helped establish the Substance Abuse/Chemical Dependency Program at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center
• First woman veteran in Ohio to be elected president of a Vietnam Veterans of
America Chapter
• Staff member of the American Legion's Buckeye Boys State
• VFW State Homeless Veterans Committee chairperson
• President of the Board of Joseph House, Inc., a long-term residential rehabilitation program for homeless veterans in Cincinnati
• Currently serving as a Harrison City Council member
• Served as an American Red Cross disaster nurse
Ralph E. Salzgaber
Franklin County
United States Army Veteran - World War II
United States Army Reserves Veteran
• Charter member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9109, where he served
as quartermaster
• Elected to the Grandview Heights City Council
• Appointed as treasurer of the City of Grandview Heights
• Chairman of the City of Grandview Heights Bicentennial Committee
• Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Northwest Sertoma
• Received four honor awards from the Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge for his community Americanism programs
• Volunteer chair of the Northwest Sertoma Freedom Program
• 32nd degree Mason
• Life member of St. Mark Lutheran Church where he served as deacon and treasurer
Clarence W. Seavers
Erie County
United States Army Veteran
World War II
• Elected to the Erie County Board of Health
• Member of the Erie-Huron County Community Action Commission
• Member of the Erie County Board of Elections
• Chairman of Goodwill Industries for Erie County
• Member of the Downtown Merchants, Inc.
• Member of the Committee to Build a Better Sandusky
• Chairman of the Youth Advisory Commission
• Trustee of the Sandusky YMCA
• Trustee of Providence Hospital
• Volunteer at the Ohio Veterans Home
• Member of American Legion Post #83
• Member of VFW Post #2529
• Member of AMVETS Post #17
Harold G. Shimek (deceased)
Greene County
United States Air Force Veteran
Vietnam War
• American Legion Department of Ohio Recruiter of the Year
• Three-time post commander for American Legion Post #526, Fairborn, Ohio
• Elected to the Board of Directors of the Fairborn Area Chamber of Commerce
• Established the American Legion Post #526 Family Scholarship Program
• Volunteered more than 875 hours at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Dayton
• Trustee and member of the Legislative Committee for the American Legion's Buckeye Boys State
• Instrumental in planning and constructing the Fairborn Veterans Memorial
• Honorary Commander (posthumous) American Legion Department of Ohio, 2000-2001
S.L. "Pete" Stephan (deceased)
Greene County
United States Marine Corps Veteran
World War II, Korean War
• Superintendent of the Ohio Soldiers' and Sailors' Orphans' Home; legal guardian to thousands of the home's residents
• Past commander of the American Legion
• Secured seven acres of land and supervised construction of the American Legion Post 95
• Volunteered as the part-time director for the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce
• Awarded the Service to Mankind Award by the Xenia Sertoma Club
• Past president of the Xenia Rotary Club
• Awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship Award by the Xenia Rotary Club
• Served as treasurer of Xenia City Schools Save Our Schools Committee for more than a decade
Richard L. Uppstrom
Greene County
United States Air Force Veteran
Vietnam War
• Civilian director of the United States Air Force Museum
• Expanded museum's role in preserving artifacts and telling the story of the United States Air Force
• Worked to raise funds for the construction of the Modern Flight Hangar and the
IMAX/Atrium addition
• Initiated planning for a Cold War Complex
• Created a growth plan for the museum through 2022
James C. Wallace
Cuyahoga County
United States Army Veteran - World War II
Ohio Army National Guard Veteran
• Teacher and coach for 35 years
• Developed the Men's Club Scholarship Program
• President of the Brooklyn Heights Senior Club
• Elected to city council
• Received the American Red Cross 50 Year Service Award
• Served as an advisor and project developer for the Civilian Conservation Corps
• Serves on the Community, Business, School Committee for the Parma School System
• Served as a lifeguard, swimming, first aid and sailing instructor for the American Red Cross
• Commander, Post #7609, Fleur-de-Lis, Seven Hills, Ohio
George W. Williams (deceased)
Hamilton & Franklin Counties
United States Army Veteran
Civil War
• First African American to serve in the Ohio legislature
• Prized student at the Newton Theological Institution in Massachusetts
• Published author, "History of the Negro Race in America 1619 to 1880"
• Installed as pastor of the Twelfth Baptist Church, one of the leading African-American churches of Boston
• Accomplished public speaker
• Studied law under Judge Alphonso Taft and passed the bar exam in 1881
• Appointed as the Minister to Haiti by President Chester Arthur
• Received an honorary degree of Doctor of Law from State University of Louisville in 1891
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