COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Veterans Services (ODVS) and Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Foundation hosted an enshrinement ceremony for the recently inducted members of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, along with several honored guests, in the main lobby of the Riffe Center on May 3.
Chip Tansill, ODVS Director, provided remarks about the Hall of Fame and the Class of 2016, as did former state senator Richard Finan and class representative Debborah Wallace. Director Tansill and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor honored the group and placed medals on each of them during the Hall of Fame induction ceremony back in November.
The Director and officials unveiled the plaque bearing the names of all 19 Class of 2016 inductees (listed below).
Class of 2016 Honorees:
Robert H. Bertschy, Columbiana County, Navy
Robert L. Brewster, Hamilton County, Air Force
Thomas R. Burke, Tuscarawas County, Navy
Albert C. Edmondson, Franklin County, Army
William J. Frost, Pickaway and Franklin County, Air Force
Susan K. Green, Fairfield County, Army
Kelly K. Knox, Hamilton County, Air Force
Robert B. “Rock” Lantz, Delaware County, Air Force
John S. Mattox, Belmont County, Air Force
John C. McCoy, Franklin County, Air Force and Ohio Air National Guard
William J. Miller, Summit County, Army
John E. Moore, Sr., Montgomery County, Army
Larry D. Moore, Richland County, Navy
Ronald J. Pusateri, Delaware County, Army
Francis J. Russo (posthumous), Richland County, Air Force
Joseph J. Rygielski, Ashland County, Air Force
John F. Sazpansky, Cuyahoga County, Army
Debborah L. Wallace, Greene County, Army
Jerrold W. Wilson, Hamilton County, Army
Additional information on past inductees is available at OhioVets.gov.
There is still time to nominate deserving veterans for the Class of 2017. The deadline for receiving nominations is June 30, 2017.
The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame was established in 1992 to recognize the civilian achievements of veterans in community service after their military service ended. Charter members of the Hall’s Class of 1993 included the six Ohio military veterans who were elected President of the United States and all Medal of Honor recipients from Ohio. Honorees of the past 23 years include astronauts, government officials, police officers, community leaders, and veterans’ advocates.