The Ohio Department of Veterans Services today announced the members of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2021.
These 20 outstanding inductees will be honored for their accomplishments and achievements at the 30th annual Induction Ceremony in November for their post-military service. This stellar class of candidates represents 13 Ohio counties and five military branches. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine recently vetted and approved the entire class and will offer his congratulations during the official recognitions.
The 2021 Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Inductees are:
[Inductee, Branch, County]
Ted Barrows, Army, Franklin
David A. Bauer*, Army, Clark
John Joseph Callarik, Army, Belmont
William J. (Bill) Clark, Navy, Lorain
Wanda J. Dillard, Army, Franklin
Michael Ferriter, Army, Franklin
Thomas M. Humphries, Air Force, Trumbull
Gary A. Loxley, Army/USAR/OHARNG, Warren
Linda Strite Murnane, Air Force, Greene
Roger R. Neff, Marine Corps, Hancock
Joe M. Nishimoto*, Army, Marion
Dennis F. Quebe, Marine Corps, Warren
Barry J. Shillito*, Army Air Corps, Montgomery
Nickolas G. Sunday, Navy, Franklin
Harry N. Walters*, Army/USAR, Hamilton
George F. White, MD, Navy, Scioto
Gregory A. White, Marine Corps, Lorain
Jo N. Wildman, Navy/Coast Guard, Greene
Charles E. Young*, Army, Greene
Paul R. zumFelde, Army, Fulton
* Posthumous Award
Private First Class Nishimoto, who was killed in action in 1944 during World War II, joins this illustrious class as a Medal of Honor recipient. His Distinguished Service Cross was upgraded to the Medal of Honor and presented posthumously to his sister by President Bill Clinton in 2000, making him automatically eligible for the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.
In lieu of a traditional Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, ODVS representatives and members of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Executive Committee will make arrangements with honorees and their families to present their medals and certificates in person – and in a safe environment. Our department also will produce a virtual induction "program" that will debut on November 11, Veterans Day. Stay tuned to OhioVets.gov in the coming weeks for more information.
ODVS can accommodate members of the media, but be advised taking pictures and/or conducting interviews must be done at the discretion of our staff. (See below for contact information.)
The Class of 2021 was chosen from among 142 nominations. This year’s class joins 915 Ohio veterans who have been inducted since 1992 and represents all eras, branches of service, and walks of life.
The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame was established in 1992 by former Gov. George Voinovich to recognize the post-military achievements of outstanding Ohio veterans. Charter members of the Hall of Fame’s Class of 1992 include the six Ohio veterans who were elected President of the United States as well as Medal of Honor recipients from Ohio. Honorees of the past 29 years include astronauts, entrepreneurs, volunteers, community leaders, safety officers, veteran advocates, and government officials.
The members of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame are honored in a permanent display near the Ohio Statehouse at the Vern Riffe Center for Government and the Arts, 77 S. High St., Columbus, Ohio.
The Ohio Department of Veterans Services on behalf of and in collaboration with the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Executive Committee administers the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. Comprised of 13 veteran volunteers, the Executive Committee members serve as advisors to the Hall of Fame and their primary purpose is to select up to 20 honorees annually.
Bios and photos of the 2020 Class will be available at OhioVets.gov in late October.