During the Nov. 12 American Legion Col. Benson Hough Post 457 annual dinner meeting at the Big Walnut Grill, post member Terry Dillon, Command Sgt. Maj., U.S. Army, Retired, was named Post 457 Legionnaire of the Year.
Dillon was unable to attend that November dinner meeting. During Post 457’s Dec. 10 meeting, Post Commander Roy Terry presented Dillon with a certificate of recognition.
Dillon’s military career began in 1965 when he enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served for seven years including two tours in Vietnam. In 1973 he transferred to the United States Army National Guard where he became an explosive/demolition expert and joined a Special Forces unit.
While serving in the National Guard, Dillon’s civilian job was with the Columbus Division Of Fire where he was an Investigator/Bomb Technician with the Columbus Bomb And Arson Unit.
Dillon served over 40 years of military service and was serving in Kosovo when he retired with the rank of Command Sergeant Major at the age of 60.
Dillon and his wife, Donna, have been married for over 50 years and raised two daughters. One daughter is presently in the U.S. Army. The Dillons live east of Sunbury on their wooded estate, appropriately named Fort Dillon.
Terry Dillon has been one of the most active members of American Legion Post 457, and was a driving force during the construction of the Ohio Fallen Heroes Memorial in Sunbury.
Dillon started the annual Post 457 Veterans Pancake Breakfast, held each September to honor local veterans with a free breakfast and an opportunity to get together with other local veterans and their families and friends.
Dillon’s latest project was refurbishing the 1943 105mm Howitzer that’s on display in front of the Post 457 building on Otis Street.
“Terry Dillon is not only a motivator for this post, but he is always up front doing whatever needs to be done,” said Terry in presenting the award. “Whether its pouring concrete or cooking sausage, he is always the first to volunteer.”
In accepting the award, Dillon said he appreciates the high honor, and thanked each member for allowing him to be a part of Post 457.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093