Ohio Veterans HOF Class To Be Enshrined

Staff Report

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.


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