Ohio Department of Veterans Services

Cameron Agin
Cameron R. Agin
Muskingum County
United States Army Veteran
World War II
• Dedicated his life to community service
• Twenty-seven years with the Zanesville Police Department; retiring at the rank of Captain
• Served two years on City Council
• Elected Mayor of Zanesville
• Active member in many civic organizations - Zanesville Jaycees, Charity Newsies, American Legion, Boy Scouts, Gotto, Shrine and Veterans of Foreign Wars
• Life member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and Fraternal Order of Police
James Anderson
James W. Anderson
Medina County
United States Army Veteran
World War II
James Anderson
• A driving force in the establishment of the National Cemetery in Rittman, Ohio
• Organized and supervised the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery Honor Guard; received certificate of service in 2003
• Served in many leadership positions with the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS and the Disabled American Veterans
• 1990 Veteran of the Year, DAV Chapter 72 and 1995 Veteran of the Year, Medina County Commissioners
• Member of the Medina County Veterans Service Commission
• Received special recognition from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Ohio General Assembly for his countless hours of service to his community and to fellow veterans
David Barker
David A. Barker
Scioto County
United States Navy Veteran
• Exemplary service to veterans while he was a Franklin County Veterans Service Officer
• Current State Service Officer with AMVETS
• Held many positions including Post Commander for AMVETS and VFW
• Current Judge Advocate AMVETS Post 2352
• Four time recipient of Vietnam Veterans of America Service Officer of the Year Award
• Noted author and publisher of the effects of Agent Orange and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, as recorded in the Library of Congress
• Active in the United Pentecostal Church
William Boettcher
William A. Boettcher
Hamilton County
United States Marine Corps Veteran
Vietnam War
William Boettcher
• Held many appointed and elected offices within AMVETS, most recently as their National Commander at the 60th National Convention in Spokane, Washington in 2004
• Current Executive Director Hamilton County Veterans Service Commission
• Serves on the Board of Trustees for the Friends of Fisher House at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center
• Holds membership in the Scottish Rite, Free and Accepted Masons, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Marine Corps League, Vietnam Veterans of America and 40 et 8
Alex Boudreaux
Alex A. Boudreaux
Franklin County
United States Army Air Corps Veteran
World War II
• First African American Air Traffic Controller with the Civil Aeronautics Administration in 1950
• Served at Port Columbus for thirty-four years
• Staunch supporter of numerous veterans organizations, offering continued support through both his time and monetary donations
• Life member of the Tuskegee Airmen Association
• Active charter member of the Motts Military Museum
• Speaker at several public schools advocating the remembrance of the sacrifices by military service members
• Member of the Columbus Urban League, YMCA, National Aerospace Education Group and Knights of Columbus
• Founding member, with Foster Lane of Lane Aviation, in the creation of the Ohio Museum of Flight at Port Columbus International Airport
Dorothy Budacki
Dorothy M. Budacki
Portage County
United States Navy Veteran
World War II
Dorothy Budacki
• Established and organized the first unit of Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES) National in Ohio; attained the position of National President
• Coordinates and participates in many local veteran events
• Visits the Ohio Veterans Home - Sandusky and the Brecksville VA hospital thanking veterans for their service
• Visits local schools to educate the youth on women in the military
• Participated in the dedication ceremony of the Women In Military Service For America Memorial in Washington D.C.
• Received numerous certificates of recognition for her lifetime service to her community
Marshall Busey
Marshall W. Busey
Cuyahoga County
United States Army Veteran
World War II
• Unwavering dedication to serving the veterans of his community
• Instrumental in raising money to purchase a converted 32-foot motor home for use by the VA patients
• Past President of the Greater Cleveland Veterans' Council and President of the Memorial Day Association of Cuyahoga County
• Served as the Sergeant of the Memorial Day "Rough Riders Firing Squad" for thirty-nine years and the Memorial Day Color Guard Sergeant for the City of Cleveland for fourteen years
• Active member of the American Legion serving in several leadership positions receiving Legionnaire of the Year for the 13th District in 1975 and 1996
• An active fundraiser for charitable organizations and staunch supporter in his community as noted by the numerous awards received
James Comedy
James Comedy (deceased)
Summit County
United States Marine Corps Veteran
World War II
James Comedy
• Professional life included twenty-six years with the American Hard Rubber Company
• Served twenty-two years as the bailiff for the Summit County Court System
• Dedication to his community included fifteen years in the selection process of graduating high school students to serve our nation's military academies, coaching little league and assisting men and women released from incarceration with the Twelve-Step Program
• Held multiple offices within many veterans organizations exemplifying his continued dedication to all veterans
• Appointed as the Summit County Veterans Service Commissioner in 1988
• Founding member of the VFW Robert Combs Cancer Fund which was changed to the "Combs-Comedy Cancer Fund," in 2004 and distributed over $1,000,000 to cancer research and hospice facilities
Edward Delaet
Edward W. Delaet
Montgomery County
United States Navy Veteran
World War II
• Extensive involvement in the Boy Scouts of America
• Received honors at all levels of scouting - recipient of the "Silver Beaver" Award
• Received the Bronze Pelican and the St. George Emblems presented by the Catholic Committee on Scouting
• Served with distinction in the U.S. Navy and acquired education from ROTC programs at Miami University
• Continuous dedication to his community by holding numerous elected offices in multiple civic organizations
• Active within AMVETS
• Received the Exceptional Service Award from the National Security Agency in 1995 for service on project ULTRA during World War II
• Executive Director and Trail Supervisor of the Buckeye Trail Association
• Past Board Member of the Xenia Rotary Club
John Erby
John W. Erby Jr.
Butler County
United States Army Veteran
Vietnam War
John Erby
• Lifelong veterans' advocate
• Held multiple leadership positions within numerous veteran organizations
• Worked diligently with the JROTC and ROTC programs
• Noted speaker on military history and patriotism
• Current President of Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 10
• Chapter Adjutant for the Military Order of the Purple Heart
• Americanism Officer for the Military Order of Purple Heart, Department of Ohio
• First African American football coach in the PAC-8 conference at the University of California, Berkeley in 1968
Eugene Fellmeth
Eugene M. Fellmeth
Stark County
United States Air Force Veteran (Prisoner of War)
World War II
• A successful attorney for thirty-two years during which time he served as the Law Director for the Village of Canal Fulton and the Village of Navarre
• Served as Mayor, Village of Canal Fulton for twelve years
• Twice elected Judge of Massillon Municipal Court District
• Active member of many professional, civic, and veterans organizations
• Served on the Board of Directors for several professional and civic organizations
• Elected Stark County Recorder
• Continues to stay active by serving as a retired visiting judge
Joseph Foraker
Joseph B. Foraker (deceased)
Hamilton County
United States Union Army Veteran
Civil War
Joseph Foraker
• Practiced law in Hamilton County
• Served as Judge of the Superior Court of Cincinnati for three years
• Elected Governor of Ohio in 1885 and served two terms
• Elected to the U.S. Senate in 1896
• One of the foremost speakers of his time
• Served in the 89th Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry attaining the rank of brevet captain
Robert Galvin
Robert M. Galvin
Ottawa County
United States Marine Corps and United States Army Veteran
World War II and Korean War
• Noted for distinguished service in two wars
• Elected to the Ohio House of Representatives, Lucas County in 1954; served three terms
• Current Director of Alcohol and Drug Center in Fostoria
• Served as Chemical Dependency Counselor in Sandusky, 1984
• Strong supporter of veterans organizations
• Co-founder and Board Member of Toledo Halfway House Incorporated and Comprehensive Addiction Service System "Compass", Lucas County
• Performed in many local community theatrical productions
John Nicastro
John J. Nicastro Sr.
Cuyahoga County
United States Air Force Veteran
World War II
John Nicastro
• Exemplary military service as one of the youngest Commissioned Combat Officers (Navigator) in the 8th Army Air Force; successfully completed thirty-five missions
• Thirty-six year career with Ohio Bell and ATT rising to the position of Account Executive
• Distinguished service as a member of the Independence City Council for sixteen years
• Served as President of the Independence Board of Education
• Held many leadership positions during extensive membership within professional, veteran and civic organizations
• Received Legion of Honor Award for forty-five years of distinctive service to the Kiwanis International of Independence, Ohio
Joseph Peters
Joseph A. Peters
Stark County
United States Air Force Veteran
Vietnam War Era
• Worked as an Aerospace Science Instructor to the JROTC for sixteen years
• Community involvement with the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Little League baseball programs
• Chaplain for Alliance Community Hospital; volunteer Chaplain for the Hospice program and American Legion Post 166
• Served on many boards and commissions
• Received many awards and recognition for his contributions to his community, state, and nation
• Over thirty-six years as blood donor to the American Red Cross surpassing the 20-gallon mark
James Quisenberry
James D. Quisenberry
Cuyahoga County
United States Army Veteran
Vietnam War
James Quisenberry
• Highly decorated veteran
• Active volunteer with the March of Dimes for over eighteen years
• Served as a Boy Scout leader
• Instrumental in the establishment of the "Greater Cleveland Veterans Memorial"
• Continuous dedication to his community via involvement in multiple veterans organizations and election to numerous leadership positions
• An active sponsor and counselor with Alcoholics Anonymous
• Current President of the Memorial Day Association of Greater Cleveland which organized placement of flags on graves of veterans at Holy Cross Cemetery
Robert Steele
Robert B. Steele
Greene County
United States Marine Corps Veteran
Korean Conflict
• Honored in Washington D.C. with the "Parents of the Year" Award in 2003 by the National Parents' Day Council
• Received several awards and recognition for outstanding volunteer service to his community
• Serves as Board Member to Greene County Council on Aging, Metropolitan Housing Authority and Greene County Coordinated Area Transportation System
• Accomplished speaker traveling throughout Ohio to speak on Americanism and patriotism
• Active member of many civic and veteran organizations
• Past State Commander American Legion
• Thirty-three years as Buckeye Boys State Chairman, American Legion Post 95
• Past President of the Ohio Association of County Veterans Service Commissioners
Betty Turner
Betty Stagg Turner (deceased)
Butler County
Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) Veteran
World War II
Betty Turner
• Honored as a "Women's Veteran of the Year" in 2003 by the Dayton VA Medical Center
• Held the office of treasurer in the WASP organization
• Member of the Air Force Museum in Dayton and Women in the Military Aviators, Inc.
• As a professional clown, entertained children suffering with cancer at the local hospitals, visited incarcerated youth and entertained children at many schools and churches
Maynard Unger
Maynard W. "Doc" Unger
Cuyahoga County
United States Air Force Veteran and a Prisoner of War
World War II
• Distinguished military career while serving in World War II where he was held as a prisoner of war
• Received the International Scouter's Award from the National Office of the Boy Scouts of America for forty-five years of dedicated service
• Lifelong involvement in several civic and veterans organizations
• Thirteen years teaching the program "Growing Healthy Together" where students learned good eating habits, health care and safety
• Past State Commander of the American Ex-Prisoners of War from 1999 to 2001 and elected State Commander in 2005
Joseph Vance
Joseph Vance (deceased)
Champaign County
Ohio Militia Veteran
War of 1812
Joseph Vance
• Formed a rifle company that became part of the Ohio Militia where he rose to the rank of Major General
• Elected to the Ohio House of Representatives from 1812 to 1820
• Elected to the U.S. Congress, House of Representatives from 1821 to 1835
• Became the thirteenth Governor of Ohio from 1837 to 1839; Ohio Senate from 1840-1842; U.S. Congress, House of Representatives from 1843-1847
• Active in the anti-slavery movement of the time
• Earned the respect and confidence of the people of his community, the State of Ohio and the nation with his many years of public service
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