Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame inductees selected

COLUMBUS -- Governor Ted Strickland announced the 2009 inductees to the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame including two area persons.

The 20 veterans include representatives of armed conflicts from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Operation Joint Endeavor and Operation Desert Storm.

Lewis E. Baker, Coshocton County, is a United States Army Air Corps Veteran -- World War II and former Prisoner of War.

Baker currently serves as the treasurer for the Ex-POW Wooster Chapter and has been an advocate for countless POW's and widows. His efforts have helped numerous veterans receive their benefits. He is a Past Commander and an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. At 89 years young, he still performs Honor Guard duty for his fellow veterans and was the 2007 Veteran of the Year in Wooster.

Doris M. Powell, Morgan County, is United States Women's Army Corps veteran, World War II.

Ms. Powell was an active member of several Veterans' Service organizations, including the American Legion Post No. 24 and the American Legion Unit No. 24 Auxiliary. She also was a lifelong member of the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post No. 4713. Doris was one of the first women to join into the local VFW, having served on active duty during World War II.

"We are humbled by the accomplishments of all of Ohio's veterans and the contributions they make to our communities and nation," said Gov. Strickland. "These Ohio Hall of Fame Veterans stand out as wonderful examples of answering the call to a lifetime of service."

Honorees for the Ohio Veterans of Fame are nominated throughout the year, and include Ohio men and women from any branch of the military and all eras of military conflict. After nominations are submitted, a 13-member executive committee of veterans' representatives recommends the names to the governor for induction into the Hall of Fame.

The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame was established in 1992 to recognize Ohio veterans with honorable military service who have gone on to make significant contributions to their community, profession, state, and nation. In May 2005, the Ohio General Assembly established the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in statue SB 277 and designated the Ohio Department of Veterans Services shall serve as its administrative agent.

The induction ceremony for the 2009 inductees will be Friday, Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of the Franklin County Veterans Memorial in Columbus. The ceremony is open to the public and will be preceded by a public reception beginning at 2 p.m.

The induction ceremony will follow the Veterans Day Parade that begins at noon, at the corner of Nationwide Boulevard and High Street, ends on Broad Street in front of Veterans Memorial.

Other 2009 Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Inductees, including their home counties, are Robert H. Brothers, Trumbull County; Phyllis A. Fitzgerald, Summit County; John E. Jackson, Gallia County; Donald I. Jakeway, Licking County; Theodore G. Jenkins, Lucas County; Walter M. Lawson Jr., Allen County; Jack A. Meyer, Hamilton County; Thomas N. Moe, Fairfield County; George Peto Jr., Franklin County; Mary Reynolds Powell, Cuyahoga County; Albert J. Rose, Pickaway County; Cyril L. Sedlacko, Franklin County;

Herbert W. Seelbach Sr., Trumbull County; Phillip R. Shriver, Butler County; Frank W. Truitt, Franklin County; John W. Twohig, Stark County; Joseph H. Wells, Franklin County; and Robert A. Woods, Butler, County.