COLUMBUS The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame will induct the Class of 2011 in a ceremony at 10 a.m. Nov. 10 at Veterans Memorial Auditorium on W. Broad Street in Columbus. Twenty Ohioans, including one from Newcomerstown, will join 408 others who are enshrined in the Hall.
James D. Denny Ross of Newcomerstown is a U.S. Army Veteran who served during the Vietnam War.
Following his service, Ross became active in veterans affairs. He is a past commander of his local American Legion and VFW posts, and a past president of his Vietnam Veterans of America chapter, among other memberships. He has also designed a monument to represent Tuscarawas County veterans at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman. He speaks at local schools and visits veterans in nursing homes and in Hospice, and also works with area funeral homes to ensure that veterans receive a military funeral.
The hall is dedicated to recognizing Ohio veterans who, after their military service, put their skills and abilities to work in their local communities and by their continued service and positive accomplishments, inspired their fellow citizens.
Its a great day to be able to honor 20 Ohioans who have served both their country and community, said Tom Moe, director of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services and a 2009 inductee of the hall. These men and women represent one of the great things about our veterans community that when someone leaves the military, they very often continue to serve.
This years other inductees are: William K. Balser, Newark; Robert W. Burr, Delaware; John H. Caipen, Kent; Margaret DeLillo-Storey, Canton; Gifford B. Doxsee, Athens; Sean S. Ennis, Berea; Linda L. Hart and Richard G. Hart, Monroe; William J. Hartnett, Mansfield; William B. Knepp, Milford; Benjamin Franklin Marsh, Toledo; Edward J. Mechenbier, Beavercreek; Ralph H. Phillips (deceased); Richard D. Stobbs, Westerville; Theodore M. Stults II, Canton; Arthur J. Taber, Jr. (deceased); Miller F. Toombs, Portsmouth; Edward L. Turlo, Columbus; Ned R. Young, Circleville.
The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame was established in 1992 by former Gov. George Voinovich to recognize the post-military achievements of outstanding veterans.
Charter members of the halls 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.