Department of Veterans Services | Veterans Hall of Fame - Class of 2001


Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame

On Thursday November 8, 2001 at Veterans Memorial in Columbus, Ohio, 20 members of the Class of 2001 were inducted into the Hall of Fame by Governor Bob Taft and Ronald D. Edwards, director of the Governor's Office of Veterans' Affairs (co-sponsor for the Hall of Fame).

The Enshrinement Ceremony was on Wednesday May 22, 2002 at the Ohio Veterans Home.

 
Albert  |  Brady  |  Brinkerhoff  |  Fawley  |  Fisher  |  Foreman  |  Glover  |  Keller  |  Kenton  |  Kyle  |  Lambert
McConnell  |  Nielsen  |  Parsons  |  Pitsenbarger  |  Schorn  |  Sullivan  |  Talmage Sr.  |  Williams  |  Yankovic

Fairfield County
United States Navy Veteran
World War II and Korean War

 
• Presented the Patriot's Award by the 150 surviving members of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society for research in locating and honoring 18 CMOH grave sites
• One of the founding members of Syntaxis, a series of group homes tending to the needs of neglected and dependent teens
• Recipient of the Governor's Award for outstanding community action in helping ex-offenders to a useful and productive life
• Member of the Medal of Honor Historical Society
• Past member of the Franklin County Mental Health and Retardation Board
• Fellow of the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States and past
board member
• First non-physician president in the 100-year history of the Ohio State Medical Board and current member for 14 years
• Member of the Knights of Columbus, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Sons of Union Veterans

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Van Wert County
United States Army Air Corps Veteran
World War II

 
• Past state commander of the American Legion and two terms on the National
Executive Committee
• Staff and trustee of Buckeye Boys State
• President of the Van Wert County Veterans Service Commission since 1977
• Past state president of the Ohio State Association of Veterans Service Commissioners
• Past president of the Van Wert City Council
• Past chairman of the board of Van Wert National Bank
• Member of the Van Wert Chamber of Commerce, the Lions Club, Masonic Lodge, Elks and the Centurion Club
• Past president of the Van Wert County Associated Charities, Inc.


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Richland County
United States Army Veteran
Civil War

 
• Lawyer and editor of the Mansfield Weekly Herald prior to the war; banker and philanthropist after the war
• Organizer of the Richland County Historical Society
• Founder of the Mansfield Savings Bank
• Founder of Mansfield YMCA
• Founder of the Mansfield Library and Mansfield Memorial Museum
• Member of the Ohio Board of Charities and Corrections for 30 years
• Author of The Volunteer Quartermaster
• First president of the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society, later shortened to the Ohio Historical Society
• Charter member of the Ohio Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and Ohio Society of the War of 1812


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Franklin County
United States Marine Corps Veteran
World War II

 
• WWII poster and magazine cover girl for the U.S. Marine Corps Womens Reserve
• Professional model for magazines and advertisements
• Member of the Women's Marine Association
• Coordinator of the American Women's Club while living in Ankara, Turkey
• Volunteer with the Cub Scouts, and the Heart Fund Bowling Tournament
• Volunteer coach for the Buckeye Girls Track Club
• Awarded the Sertoma Service to Mankind Award in 1977
• Member of the American Legion


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Lake County
Medal of Honor Recipient
United States Army and United States Army Reserve Veteran
World War II

 
• Medal of Honor recipient for heroic actions near Grammount, France on
Sept. 14, 1944
• Recipient of the French Croix de Guerre and the Purple Heart for wounds received on
Sept. 14, 1944
• Lake County Veterans Service Officer for nearly 13 years
• Served on the board of the Lake County Red Cross
• Received Outstanding Man of the Year in Buffalo, NY
• Past member of the Concord Township Zoning Commission
• Received the Citizens of Concord Township Community Days Citizen of the Year award
• Received the Lake County Humanitarian Award


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Franklin & Medina Counties
United States Navy Veteran
NASA Astronaut

 
• Received Bachelor of Science Degree in Aerospace Engineering from U.S. Naval Academy
• Earned Master of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School
• Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots
• Member of the Association of Naval Aviation
• Member of the United States Naval Academy Alumni Association
• Selected in 1998 as a member of NASA's 17th group of astronauts
• Logged more than 3,000 hours in more than 50 aircraft


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Licking County
United States Women's Army Corps Veteran
World War II

 
• Member and past chaplain of the Women's Army Corps Veterans' Association Chapter 3
• Life member of American Legion Post 85 and the AMVETS Post 345
• Completed medical and surgical technician training and provided medical care to returning POWs and wounded soldiers
• PTA president for Kettering Intermediate School
• Volunteer for the Newark City Schools Mentoring Program
• Volunteer with the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen
• Accomplished public speaker mainly talking on a woman's role in the United States Army
• Provides humor for ill children and adults as "Poppy" the clown


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Cuyahoga County
Medal of Honor Recipient
United States Army Veteran
Spanish-American War

 
• Medal of Honor recipient for his gallant actions during the advance on the city of Santiago
• During the engagement, 20-year-old Private First Class Keller aided in the rescue of wounded men under fire on San Juan Hill, carrying them a mile to the aid station
• He was the first Clevelander to receive this medal and was promoted to the rank
of major
• Former commander of the local Veterans of Foreign Wars post and also an aide-de-camp to the national VFW commander
• Employee of the Ohio Bell Telephone Company for 28 years, retiring in 1941


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Logan & Champaign Counties
United States Army Veteran

 
• Northwest territory explorer and settler who helped open up the Ohio region and
Northwest Territory
• Appointed Brigadier General of the Ohio militia
• Saved Daniel Boone's life twice during separate battles at Boonesboro, Kentucky
• Adopted by the Shawnee Nation and known as "The Great White Wolf"
• State Route 68 renamed the "Simon Kenton Memorial Highway" in Ohio and Kentucky


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Franklin County
United States Army Air Corps Veteran - World War II
United States Air Force Veteran - Korean War

 
• Tuskegee Airman
• Past president of the Central Ohio Tuskegee Airmen Association
• Past board chairman of the Public Employees Retirement System
• First African-American president of OCSEA
• Volunteer with United Way, Central Ohio Food Bank, Operation Feed and the Holiday Basket program


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Franklin County
United States Marine Corps Veteran - Korean War
United States Army Veteran - Vietnam War

 
• Teacher at the United States Military Academy at West Point
• Social Studies Department head at Grove City High School
• Introduced the Presidential Classroom for Young Americans program
• Selected as Ohio Assistant Principal of the Year in 1993
• Volunteer with the Grove City Special Olympics
• Encouraged students to take the Ohio University history test, the American Legion's Americanism test and the Bowling Green philosophy examination
• Member of the American Legion, Military Order of the Purple Heart and the First Marine Division Association
• Historian for the Ohio Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen
• Inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame


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Delaware County
United States Navy Veteran
World War II

 
• Founder and chairman emeritus of Worthington Industries
• Created the McConnell Heart and Health Center at Riverside Hospital in Columbus
• Majority owner of the Columbus Blue Jackets franchise of the National Hockey League
• Helped reinstitute the Veterans Day parade in Columbus, Ohio
• Assisted with the creation of the Columbus Zoo's gorilla habitat
• Honorary chair for Junior Achievement Exchange City of Central Ohio's Capital Campaign
• Recipient of the Financial World Magazine Outstanding CEO of the Year award
• Recipient of the National Football Foundation Gold Medal Award


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Summit County
United States Air Force Veteran - World War II, Korean War
United States Coast Guard Veteran - Vietnam War

 
• Chairman of the Ohio Veterans Memorial Plaza Committee
• Member of the Veterans Bicentennial Committee
• President of the Ohio Council of Chapters Retired Officers Association
• Chair of the Veterans Advisory Committee to the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery
• Past president of the Maplewood Teachers Association
• Past regional adviser to the northeast Ohio Vocational Industrial Clubs of America


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Franklin County
Medal of Honor Recipient
United States Army Veteran
Civil War

 
• Medal of Honor recipient
• Rank and organization: Private, Company B, 4th West Virginia Infantry
• Place and date: At Vicksburg, Mississippi, May 22, 1863
• Entered service at Mason City, West Virginia
• Date of issue: August 16, 1894
• Citation: Gallantry in the charge of the "volunteer storming party"


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Miami County
Medal of Honor Recipient
United States Air Force Veteran
Vietnam War

 
• Medal of Honor recipient
• Distinguished himself by extreme valor on 11 April 1966 near Cam My, Republic of Vietnam, while assigned as a Pararescue Crew Member, Detachment 6, 38th Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Squadron. On that date, Pitsenbarger was aboard a rescue helicopter responding to a call for evacuation of casualties incurred in an ongoing firefight between elements of the United States Army's 1st Infantry Division and a sizeable enemy force approximately 35 miles east of Saigon. Pitsenbarger volunteered to ride a hoist more than 100 feet through the jungle, to the ground. On the ground, he organized and coordinated rescue efforts, cared for the wounded, prepared casualties for evacuation, and ensured the recovery operation continued in a smooth and orderly fashion. Through his personal efforts, the evacuation of the wounded was greatly expedited. As each of the nine casualties evacuated that day was recovered, he refused evacuation in order to get more wounded soldiers to safety. After several pick-ups, one of the two rescue helicopters involved in the evacuation was struck by heavy enemy ground fire and was forced to leave the scene for an emergency landing. Pitsenbarger stayed behind on the ground to perform medical duties. Shortly thereafter, the area came under sniper and mortar fire. He perished while saving the lives of wounded.


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Meigs County
Medal of Honor Recipient
United States Army Veteran
Civil War

 
• Medal of Honor recipient
• Rank and organization: Chief Bugler, Company M, 1st West Virginia Cavalry
• Place and date: At Appomattox, Virginia, 8 April 1865
• Entered service at: Mason City, West Virginia
• Birth: Germany
• Date of issue: 3 May 1865
• Citation: Capture of flag of the Sumter Flying Artillery (C.S.A.)


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Franklin County
United States Naval Reserve Veteran
NASA Astronaut

 
• First American woman to walk in space
• Appointed by President Reagan to the National Commission on Space
• Appointed by President Clinton as Chief Scientist of National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration
• Elected as fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
• Member of the Wood's Hole Oceanographic Institute Corporation
• Member of the Society of Woman Geographers
• Received the Ten Outstanding Young People of the World Award from Jaycees International
• Received the U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation's Lone Sailor award


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Lucas County
United States Army, United States Army Reserve, Ohio Army National Guard Veteran

 
• Medical director of the Center for Women's Health at the Toledo Hospital
• Past president of the Ohio State Medical Association
• Past delegate to the Organized Medical Staff Section of the American Medical Association
• Current delegate to the American Medical Association
• Member of the Ohio State Medical Board
• Member of the Reserve Officers Association, American Legion, National Guard Association of the United States and Kiwanis
• Garde Nationale Trophy 1998
• Board member for the Lucas County Domestic Violence Task Force
• Past president of the University of Toledo Alumni Association
• Past vice-president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
• M.R. Waite High School Hall of Fame
• Retired Brigadier General


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Cuyahoga County
United States Navy Veteran
NASA Astronaut

 
• Member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots
• Member of the Society of Flight Test Engineers
• Member of the American Helicopter Association
• Graduate of the United States Naval Academy
• Logged more than 2,300 flight hours in more than 30 different aircraft


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Cuyahoga County
United States Army Veteran
World War II

 
• America's Polka King
• International performing artist
• Host of the "Yankovic Hour" on Cleveland television in 1948
• Inducted into the International Polka Association Polka Hall of Fame
• Member of the Musicians Union
• Won a Grammy for "70 Years of Hits"
• Named Musician of the Century by Europe America United in March 2000
• At the 41st Annual Grammy Awards in February 1999, his recording of the million selling, "Just Because" was honored as the greatest recording of all time in the Polka field of music