Class of 2017

On Thursday November 9, 2017 in Dublin, Ohio, 20 Ohio Veterans were inducted into the Hall of Fame Class of 2017. The bronze plaques representing each of the classes inducted are permanently on display at the Vern Riffe Building, 2nd Floor located at 77 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215.
Edward Byers Jr.

Edward C. Byers Jr.

Wood County
Medal of Honor Recipient
Active Duty U.S. Navy Seal
Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Edward C. Byers, Jr., 38, formerly of Grand Rapids in Wood County, is a 2016 Medal of Honor recipient. The Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest and most prestigious award for valor in combat and is bestowed upon the recipient by the President of the United States. In December 2012, Edward and his unit were assigned to rescue hostages held by the Taliban. Edward was recognized for gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life beyond the call of duty as a Hostage Rescue Force Team Member in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. By his undaunted courage and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of near certain death, Edward reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. After receiving the Medal of Honor, SOCS Byers has remained on active duty serving as a Navy SEAL. He has five Bronze Stars — all with valor — two Purple Hearts, two Joint Commendation Medals including one with valor, and three Navy Commendation Medals, one with valor. "Combat V" device denotes awards for valor in combat. During his service as a corpsman, he served with the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines and deployed with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, earning the Surface Warfare Enlisted badge and the Fleet Marine Force Enlisted Warfare Specialist device. He has deployed 11 times in his career including nine combat tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries.
James Campbell

James W. Campbell

Trumbull County
United States Air Force Veteran
Vietnam Era

James Campbell, 68, of Warren in Trumbull County, served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era. Jim has a long history of commitment to service for veterans, efforts with Buckeye Boys State and leadership with the veteran community. As a 22-year member of the Howland American Legion Post 700, Jim has devoted his time and energy to coming to the aid of fellow former service members through Veterans helping Veterans. He serves on the Trumbull County Honor Guard, which has provided more than 2,600 funerals with full military honors, is active in the Poppy Campaign, assists hospitalized veterans through First For Yanks and visits veterans in nursing homes. Jim serves on the National Legislative Council and National Media and Communications Council, traveling to Washington, D.C., twice a year to meet with members of the House and Senate advocating for veterans. Jim is a Buckeye Boys State Trustee and spends considerable time interviewing candidates, securing sponsors for delegates and arranging transportation. He has held numerous offices with the post, county, district and state levels within the American Legion including 2015-2016 Commander. Jim retired from the Howland Police Department after serving 33 years as a detective in the criminal investigations section.
Blanche Aviles Casey

Blanche Aviles Casey

Greene County
United States Air Force Veteran
Vietnam, Operation Desert Shield/
Operation Desert Storm Eras

Blanche Aviles Casey, 73, of Beavercreek in Greene County, served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam and Desert Shield/Desert Storm eras. She retired from the Air Force after a 30-year career and went on to become a public servant at county, state and federal government levels. She is the American Legion Post 763 Adjutant, serves on the Post Color Guard and is the editor of the Post’s award-winning newsletter. Blanche is a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Post 930, a commissioner on the Greene County Veterans Service Commission and appointee on the Greene County Transit Board. As a commissioner, her administrative and management background contributed to major updates of office procedures and protocols. As a gubernatorial appointee, Blanche was the consumer advocate and state licensing exam administrator on the Ohio Chiropractic Board for eight years, during which major changes in public law were enacted for the first time in 25 years. As a presidential appointee, she mentored student interns and encouraged them to graduate. She also was a volunteer for the President’s Annual Easter Egg Roll attended by families from all over the United States. She is a recipient of the Governor’s Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Award for Military Service of Distinction, the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Hispanic Heritage Month Community Service Award and the New York State Citizenship Award.
Richard DeChant Jr.

Richard L. DeChant Jr.

Cuyahoga County
United States Coast Guard Vet
Operation Desert Shield/
Operation Desert Storm
Operation Iraqi Freedom

Richard DeChant, Jr., 61, of Fairview Park in Cuyahoga County, served in the U.S. Coast Guard including tours in the Gulf War and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Richard is the Executive Director of the Veterans’ Initiative for Cuyahoga Community College. Under his leadership, the College was recognized as a Military Friendly Institution in 2017, marking eight consecutive years with this distinction. He was chair of a White House Council on Strong Cities/Strong Communities seeking best practices in developing a seamless transition for veterans looking for employment and employers looking for veterans. During his tenure with the TSA Operations for Northeast Ohio, he received both the Department Homeland Security Heroism Award and the Cleveland Police Department 2006 Citizen Heroism Award for helping to subdue an armed gunman at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. He is the co-chair of the Northeast Ohio Veterans Community Task Force, focusing on leveraging VA resources. He also is active in the Greater Cleveland Fisher House, the Ohio Values Veterans Military Committee and Hospice of the Western Reserve among many other organizations. He co-authored Ohio House Bill 488, which requires all state colleges to establish veteran service offices and review military training for college credit. He also helped create national legislation that established the first standard Military Training Transcript for use by colleges through the 2012 Defense Re-Authorization Act.
William DeFries

William E. DeFries

Montgomery County
United States Marine Corps Vet
Cold War Era

William DeFries, 57, of Clayton in Montgomery County, served in the U.S. Marine Corps in Iwakuni, Japan, and South Korea. Bill is a CEO, small business owner, philanthropist, mentor, advisor, actor, pilot, neighbor and father. His strong sense of duty to help those in need extends across the Greater Dayton area as he works to strengthen schools, empower children and young adults, and advocate for our nation’s veterans. Bill is the CEO and owner of Copp Integrated Systems, two Beef ‘O’ Brady’s restaurants and a car wash. He has opened the doors of his restaurant to unemployed individuals providing advice and a professional network. Today, that network has grown to 600 participants. As a longtime member of the Dayton Rotary and Centerville Optimist Club, Bill organizes countless fundraisers and raises thousands of dollars to support athletic, artistic and academic achievements of young adults. He recently was named to the Leadership Council of the National Small Business Association and Business and Economic Coalition Chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party. Bill is a mentor at the Montgomery County Ohio Veterans Treatment Court and the Montgomery County Ohio College Promise as well as a Walking the Talk Business Advisor at the University of Dayton. As a mentor, Bill provides positive social support for local veterans who struggle with substance abuse and mental illness.
David Dilly

David H. Dilly

Coshocton County
United States Air Force Veteran
Vietnam War

David H. Dilly, 71, of Fresno in Coshocton County, served in the U.S. Air Force in the Vietnam War. David is a life member of AMVETS Post 36, VFW Post 1330, Coshocton County Vietnam Veterans and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 74. He also is a member of American Legion Post 65, Coshocton County Veterans Council and Honor Guard, Eagles Post 761, Moose Lodge 935 and Masonic Lodge 96. For nearly two decades, David has taken great pride in assisting veterans, widows and their dependents as a past Coshocton County Veterans Service Officer and current Commissioner. He has attended more than 690 military funerals. David was instrumental in the implementation of the Coshocton County KIA Memorial Bridge Project that named 96 bridges after fallen Coshocton County war heroes. Since 2012, he has accompanied 52 veterans and 18 guardians on Honor Flights along with coordinating their lodging, meals and transportation. Traveling to Washington, D.C., on many occasions, he has lobbied for mineworkers and their dependents’ healthcare and pensions even though he is not eligible for healthcare. He is a recipient of the Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association Civilian Citation Award and the Ohio State Department of Labor Mine Safety & Health Administration Award for saving a young boy’s life by administering CPR.
John Evans Sr.

John A. Evans Sr.

Cuyahoga County
United States Army & Air Force Veteran
Vietnam War

John A. Evans, Sr., 81, of Cleveland in Cuyahoga County, served in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. John is a life member of the American Legion, AMVETS, Disabled American Veterans and the VFW. John served the American Legion 13th District as a Service Officer, Chairman of the Gifts for the Yanks Program and Chairman of the Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Committee. After his military career, John experienced firsthand the unfavorable welcome home as a Vietnam veteran. He promised himself then that when he had more time, he would make sure he would do whatever he could to support all veterans. In 1992, upon retirement from a 16-year career with the Federal Aviation Administration, John began volunteering at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center and is presently serving as the American Legion VA Voluntary Services Deputy-Representative. In 2016, John received the Cleveland VA Medical Center Volunteer of the Year/You Make a Difference Award and the VA Voluntary Services Superior Service Award for 17,500 volunteer hours. One of John’s first assignments as a VA volunteer was in the Cleveland VA Medical Center’s Day Hospital for seriously mentally ill veterans. John is a champion for fellow veterans and his continued support and advocacy ensures these veterans have everything they need to engage successfully in their treatment and recovery.
Carl Felger

Carl C. Felger
(posthumous)

Carroll County
United States Army Veteran
World War II

Carl Felger, formerly of Minerva in Carroll County, served in the U.S. Army during World War II. When Carl came home, he continued to serve his community and county. Carl retired from Conrail after 42 years of service. While at Conrail, he received the Distinguished Service Award for his loyal and devoted service and for perfect attendance. Carl’s love for the railroad motivated him to spend hundreds of hours restoring the caboose that originally ran from Minerva to Cleveland. He donated 400 hours to replace the floor and paint, and enlist the support of professionals to bring new life to the caboose. Carl was active in the Salvation Army, Minerva Grade School PTA, Minerva Community Association, AARP, Community Meals and American Legion Post 357. He served as chair of the Veterans Day program and organizer of the committee for the construction of the veterans’ monument at East Lawn Cemetery. In 1997, the Minerva service clubs gave him their Special Recognition Award for years of service to the Minerva community, and, in 1999, he was inducted into the Minerva High School Hall of Fame. Carl was an active member of the Minerva United Methodist Church, where he served as a trustee, youth group advisor and chair of the educational building committee. Carl is being inducted into the Hall of Fame posthumously. He passed away at the age of 97 in September 2017 just weeks after being informed of his Hall of Fame appointment.
Howard Friend

Howard B. Friend

Mahoning County
United States Army Veteran
World War II

Howard B. Friend, 91, of Poland in Mahoning County, served in the U.S. Army during World War II. After his discharge, “Howdy” graduated from Mount Union College and was listed in “Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.” He retired with 31 years of service in the field of education, serving as a high school teacher and principal, and as the first superintendent of the Mahoning County Joint Vocational School. Howdy has been a member of the Poland Memorial Methodist Church for more than 50 years; he has been a Sunday school teacher and member of the Church Council. He served as the Grand Marshal of the Poland Memorial Day Parade and was inducted into the Poland Community Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame in 1994. Howdy often says his happiest and proudest times are spent promoting and volunteering for the Youngstown YMCA and its Camp Fitch. He was chairman of the Camp Fitch 75th Anniversary Celebration, the YMCA Capital Fund Drive, the YMCA Boys Work Committee, the YMCA Board of Trustees, and served as the YMCA Board Vice President and Co-chairman of the 100th Year Camp Fitch. Howdy has been presenting his military story “War is the Rage of Hell – My Life as a Combat Infantryman in WWII’s Battle of the Bulge.” He has spoken to churches, Rotary clubs, libraries, historical societies and high schools.
Brook Harless

Brook N. Harless

Stark County
United States Army Veteran

Brook Harless, 41, of North Canton in Stark County, served in the U.S. Army from 1997 to 1999 and went on to graduate from Central Texas College with an associate's degree in 2000. She also is a graduate of Stark County Government Leadership Academy, Grassroots Leadership Academy and the Stark County Citizen Police Academy. She is a current participant of the Leadership Stark County Signature Program. She also was a recipient of Stark County's 20 under 40 award. On behalf of veterans, she has worked as a Strike Team Leader for Concerned Veterans for America, an Executive Board Member of Serving Area Military Center, a Post Legion 44 delegate and Adjutant, an American Red Cross caseworker for Services to Armed Forces, an Ohio Veteran Coalition Co-Chair, a member of the Stark County Veterans Task Force and the Co-Chair of the Stark County Veteran Stand Down. Her volunteer spirit extends to the community at large through the American Red Cross Board, Rebuild North East Ohio, Americans for Prosperity, North Canton Chamber of Commerce, Plain Township Historical Society, Rotary Club of Plain Township and the Women's Inter Business Network Co-Facilitator. Her perseverance and work ethic are traits that speak to her character. Brook works to improve the lives of veterans by testifying to state legislators to helping with assistance in everything from housing, food, VA claims, financial advice, ID cards, flu shots and more.
Robert Hershey

Robert L. Hershey

Wayne County
United States Army Veteran
World War II

Robert L. Hershey, 91, of Orrville in Wayne County, served in the U.S. Army during World War II. His decisions always reflected the worth and dignity of every individual, and his involvement as portrayed by his 70 years of community service. He is a lifetime member of Christ United Church of Christ, serving as deacon, elder and Consistory President. He was co-founder and president of the Orrville Jaycees in 1954, state vice president of the Ohio Jaycees in 1957, and president of the Ohio Jaycees from 1959-1960. He also was an active member of many area organizations including American Legion, VFW, Band Parents, Orrville Public Library, Massillon/Canton Legion Drum & Bugle Corps, Little League, American Red Cross, United Way, Boy’s Village, and served as a board member and president of the Orrville Area Chamber of Commerce. He was a founding member of the YMCA and Orr Views, a local news source. He received the Paul L. Powell Citizen of the Year Award, the Orrville Outstanding Alumni Award, and in 2017, he received an award from American Legion Post 282 for 70 years of active membership. Bob has been active in countless Orrville City school campaigns, and was a founder and co-chair of the formation and development of Wayne College.
Holly Koester

Holly S. Koester

Cuyahoga County
United States Army Veteran
Cold War Era

Holly Koester, 57, of Walton Hills in Cuyahoga County, served in the U.S. Army from 1981 to 1991 until she was injured. A 2006 graduate of Cleveland State University, Holly is a substitute teacher for grades K-8. In 1996, she started racing in marathons, displaying her amazingly competitive spirit. In fact, she is the first person to complete a marathon in all 50 United States in a wheelchair. Holly received a resolution from the Ohio House of Representatives for her performance in the 2016 National Veterans Wheelchair Games, which netted her six gold medals. She attended her first National Veteran Wheelchair Games in 1991 and has attended every year since as an athlete and mentor. She is sports director and secretary for the Buckeye Chapter Paralyzed Veterans of America. In 2017, the National PVA honored Holly with the Speedy Award, the highest honor that the group bestows. Holly is involved in local organizations including the Heritage Congregational Church and Berea Millstream Quilters, making children’s charity quilts and veterans’ valor quilts. In 2013, NASCAR driver Sam Schmidt presented Holly with the Spirit of Ability Award by Braun Mobility. She is a peer counselor for newly injured spinal cord veterans at the Cleveland VA and a motivational speaker who has addressed veterans’ organizations, school groups and attendees at Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies.
Frona Liston

Frona A. Liston

Stark County
United States Navy Veteran
World War II

Frona A. Liston, 92, of North Canton in Stark County, served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. For more than 50 years, Frona held a variety of jobs in the medical and clerical fields but most of her life has been dedicated to service to others. Frona is a life member of WAVES National, now known as Military Women Across the Nation, and served as the 2000 National Convention Co-Chair. She also is a life member of Northeast Ohio Women Veterans Unit 21 and has served as past president, president, vice president, treasurer and secretary. Frona worked with the Minerva school system and the village librarian to coordinate an adult literacy program in Minerva. In equestrian association leadership and committee roles, Frona has mentored many young adults by encouraging high standards and promoting the ideals of responsibility and dedication. She is an adult literacy tutor with the Sebring Area Literacy Council, a volunteer at the North Canton Heritage Society where she serves to preserve, protect and share history of North Canton, Ohio, and she tutored children and adults ELS English as a Second Language. Frona initiated a published history collection of Unit 21 women veterans who served. A copy is housed at the Library of Congress.
Francis Luciotti

Francis M. Luciotti

Licking County
United States Air Force Veteran
Korean War

Francis Luciotti, 85, of Heath in Licking County, served in the U.S. Air Force in the Korean War. Frank retired from the Department of Defense as an Air Force Federal Civil employee in December 1986 after a total of 38 years in both military and civil service capacities. He started his career as a messenger in data services and worked his way to Deputy Director of the Requirements Material Control and Identification Systems Directorate. Frank attended many self-development, leadership, management and subject-matter-expert courses throughout his career, achieving the federal General Schedule-15 responsibility level. Since 1988, Frank has devoted his life to supporting others, particularly veterans, through his service in the Knights of Columbus, VFW, AMVETS and Disabled American Veterans, organizations that enabled him to leverage his connections for the betterment of the Licking County community. Frank also has held volunteer and leadership positions in his hometown of Heath with St. Leonard Catholic Church, Catholic Social Services, the Chalmers P. Wylie Veterans Volunteer Advisory Committee, St. Clair Community College, Boy Scouts of America and the Moundbuilders Babe Ruth Board of Directors. He received the Sinclair Community College Outstanding Service Award, 2003 Knights of Columbus – Council 12641 Knight of the Year and 2009 Veteran of the Year from Licking County Veterans Service Committee, and served as the 2017 Grand Marshal of the Newark Ohio Memorial Day Parade.
James McLaughlin

James A. McLaughlin

Franklin County
United States Air Force Veteran
Vietnam War

James McLaughlin, 73, of Columbus in Franklin County, served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era. Since 2005, under Jim’s leadership, the Honor Flight Network has grown to 131 hubs in 45 states and has taken more than 180,000 World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and terminally ill veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C. For nearly 30 years, Jim worked as an architect for the central Ohio firm Karlsberger. He led a 12-member team that developed award-winning designs and specifications for 20 hospitals in Ohio, Florida, Michigan, Indiana and Massachusetts. In 2008, Jim was elected president of the Honor Flight Network Board of Directors and Chairman of Honor Flight, Inc. He holds both positions still today and serves without compensation, overseeing the national network. Jim established the partnership between Honor Flight and Southwest Airlines, which has resulted in 9,000 donated tickets at a value of $3.6 million. Jim also has established major partnerships with Breitling SA, Snap-On, BWI Hilton and Arby’s. In 2016, Jim received the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award. In 2012, he received the Jefferson Award from the City of Columbus intended to recognize, inspire and activate volunteerism and public service. In addition, Jim visits nursing homes, retirement centers and schools to promote the mission of Honor Flight and the historical importance of veterans.
Cloyd McNaull

Cloyd S. McNaull

Ashland County
United States Air Force Veteran
Korean War

Cloyd McNaull, 85, of Ashland in Ashland County, served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Cloyd retired from The F.E. Myers Company after more than 41 years in manufacturing, engineering and management. He was the only recipient of two company presidential citation awards for excellence. Today, he is the historian for the Ashland Plant, which was founded in 1870. Cloyd also is a lifetime member of the Ashland County Historical Society where he served as a trustee for four years and is a member of the Veterans History Committee, responsible for scheduling veterans’ military history video interviews and the design of the Ashland County Fallen Heroes Monument. Since his military service, he has donated his time to the annual Memorial Day parades and ceremonies, the American Legion as a 60-year member, Elks building projects, Ashland County Agricultural Society, Ashland Public Library, Dale Roy School, United States Power Squadron, United Way, AARP, 4H Advisor, Ashland Chamber and Ashland Convention & Visitors Bureau. In 2005, he received the Service to America Certificate of Appreciation from the Ashland Memorial Day Committee. In 2009, he received the Red Cross Hero of the Year and in 2015, he received the Ashland High School Distinguished Alumni Award.
Warren Motts

Warren E. Motts

Franklin County
United States Army Veteran

Warren Motts, 76, of Groveport in Franklin County, served in the U.S. Army and Ohio Army National Guard from 1959 to 1968. Warren leveraged his military training into a photography career at Battelle Memorial Institute, receiving secret and top-secret security clearances while working on government projects. He was the owner of Motts Photographic Center, Inc., for 25 years and his photography career earned him several distinguished awards including the Professional Photographers of Ohio “Lifetime Achievement Award” that now bears his name. He is past president of The Professional Photographers of Ohio, The American Society of Professional Photographers and The Professional Photographers of America, and he has many degrees and awards from these organizations. In 1987, he founded the Motts Military Museum in his home and moved it to its present location in 1999. As director of the Motts Museum, Warren created a world-class institution dedicated to educating the public on military history, especially the Vietnam War and the military men and women who served in it. He has served on more than 25 boards including the Ohio Historic Site Preservation Board, the Columbus Veterans Advisory Board and The National Center for Civil War Photography Board. Warren was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Most Excellent Grand Priest of Ohio, Royal Arch Masons of Ohio, for his outstanding contributions to community, state and country.
Richard Reynolds

Richard V. Reynolds

Greene County
United States Air Force Veteran
Cold War Era

Richard V. Reynolds, 68, of Beavercreek in Greene County, served in the U.S. Air Force from 1971 to 2005. Since retirement, he has amassed a record of service to the local community, state and nation. He is Past Chairman, President and CEO of the Air Force Museum Foundation, Inc., and led the $40.8 million campaign to fund the Museum’s 224,000-square-foot expansion. He is Chairman of the Dayton Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center Fisher House fundraising committee, and was a member of the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Fisher House II capital campaign committee. He co-founded Air Camp, Inc., a Dayton-based weeklong, immersive science, technology, engineering and mathematics experience for middle- and grade-school students. As a member of the National Veterans Memorial & Museum Advisory Committee, he co-developed the NVM&M core themes, consulted with the exhibits architect, and supported fundraising. As a member of the Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group of the National Research Council, Richard is on call to provide quick response advice to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. In October 2014, he delivered a TEDxDayton talk, titled “The 1%” focusing on the growing state of disconnectedness between the U.S. population and those serving in, or veterans of, the U.S. Armed Forces.
Donald Rospert

Donald E. Rospert

Sandusky County
United States Marine Corps Vet
Vietnam War

Donald E. Rospert, 75, of Bellevue in Sandusky County, served in the U.S. Marines in the Vietnam War. Donn is a graduate of Bowling Green State University and is a life member of the VFW, American Legion, AMVETS and the Marine Corps League. As a founding member of the Fallen Soldiers Memorial in Bellevue, Donn was responsible for the design and construction, and secured nearly 1,100 Memorial Pavers. Donn also is a member of the Vietnam War Commemoration Program, a Department of Defense initiative, and has pinned more than 700 Vietnam Era veterans. As a founding member of the Wounded Soldiers Fund, he has been instrumental in aiding families impacted by the Global War on Terror. The Ohio Flags of Honor were on display in Bellevue in 2015 and Norwalk in 2016, and The Wall That Heals was displayed in Bellevue in 2017 largely due to Donn’s leadership. His involvement with Big Brothers and Big Sisters is extensive; he served as a mentor for 18 years, a board member for six years and board president for three years. He also is active with Cleveland’s Bike to Cure event, Velosano, raising funds and assembling teams. Donn received the 2013 Distinguished Service Award from the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, the 2013 Community Service Award from the Bellevue Rotary Club and the Key to the City from Bellevue Mayor Kevin Strecker.
David Taylor

David W. Taylor

Medina County
United States Army Veteran
Vietnam War

David W. Taylor, 71, of Medina in Medina County, served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. David is a life member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Special Forces Association Northeast Ohio Chapter, VFW, Disabled American Veterans and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 385. He was inducted into the U.S. Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame in 1993, received the 2013 America Infantry Division Veterans Association Lifetime Achievement Award and the 2016 Medina County Ohio Joint Veterans Coalition Veteran of the Year Award. Under David’s leadership, Medina’s annual Memorial Day Parade includes the participation of all area veterans’ organizations and is the community’s largest parade. He is a founding member of The Joint Veterans Coalition of Medina County, working with the Medina County Veterans Service Office and bringing together 23 Medina County veteran organizations for the purpose of connecting veterans and informing veterans about benefits, programs, services and upcoming events. David spearheaded the Medina County Veterans Memorial Hall of Fame Modernization Capital Campaign raising $500,000 to renovate the 60-year-old facility. David, the author of “Our War: The History and Sacrifices of an Infantry Battalion in the Vietnam War,” delivers frequent presentations so that medical and mental health professionals understand the conditions and experiences faced by Vietnam veterans.