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Ohio 2018 Veterans Hall of Fame Inductees

State Announces Veterans Hall of Fame 2018 Inductees

Former Ohio Rep. E.J. Thomas is among the 20 members of the 2018 Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, recently announced by the Ohio Department of Veterans Services.

These 20 inductees, selected from 119 nominees, will be honored for their accomplishments and achievements at the 26th annual Induction Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 8.The ceremony, which begins at 10 a.m., will take place Radiant Life Church, 7100 Post Rd. in Dublin OH.

This following members of the 2018 class represent 13 Ohio counties and four military branches:

Inductee

Armed Services Branch

County

Fredric L. Abrams

Air Force

Warren County

Ronald L. Albers

Air Force

Franklin County

Cassie B. Barlow

Air Force

Greene County

Francis Leroy Clendenen*

Army

Licking County

Orvil D. Cooper

Army

Lawrence County

Haraz N. Ghanbari

Army, Navy

Wood County

James L. Gibson

Navy

Guernsey County

Paul D. Haller

Navy

Jackson County

Ronald J. Hartman

Army

Clermont County

Joseph A. Machado

Army

Fairfield County

Robert P. Milich

Air Force

Mahoning County

Charles L. Murray*

Army

Franklin County

Merle J. Pratt

Navy

Franklin County

Fredrick L. Pumroy

Air Force

Greene County

Clifford Riley

Army

Clermont County

Dana L. Robinson-Street

Navy

Franklin County

Ronald A. Schwachenwald

Army

Lorain County

Douglas D. Theaker

Navy

Richland County

E.J. Thomas, Jr.

Air Force

Franklin County

Robert J. Wilhelm

Marines

Guernsey County

*Awarded posthumously

This year's class joins 854 Ohio veterans who have been inducted since 1992 and represent all eras and branches. 

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 included 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 25 years include astronauts, community volunteers, community leaders, safety officers, veteran advocates and former government officials.

The members of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame are honored in a permanent display in the Riffe Center, 77 South High Street, Columbus.

The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame is administered by the Ohio Department of Veterans Services in collaboration with the Hall of Fame Executive Committee. Comprised of 13 veteran volunteers, the committee members serve as advisors to the Hall of Fame and their primary purpose is to annually select up to 20 honorees. 

More information on Ohio's Veterans Hall of Fame can be found online at www.OhioVets.gov .

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