COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Veterans Services recently announced the members of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2016. The Ohio veterans community and the public attended the Induction Ceremony on November 3, 2016 at the Lincoln Theater.
The class of 2016 will join 498 Ohio veterans who are currently enshrined in the Hall. The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame was established in 1992 to recognize the post-military achievements of veterans in community service after their service in the U.S. Armed Forces 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.
The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2016 inductees are as follows:
- 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
- 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. It’s not too early to nominate deserving veterans for the Class of 2017.
The Ohio Department of Veterans Services (ODVS) supports the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. ODVS works to actively identify, connect with and advocate for veterans and their families. Ohio law gives the department the responsibility to partner with county veteran service commissions and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, in order to “serve those who have served.”