Friday, November 8, 2013
The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame inducted the Class of 2013 in a ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 7 at Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium in Columbus.
The Hall is dedicated to recognizing Ohio veterans who, after their military service, put their skills and abilities to work in their local communities. They are veterans who have continued to served others, and by their continued service and positive accomplishments, inspired their fellow citizens, including Joseph K. Vrabel of Poland (United States Army Veteran – Korean War).
Vrabel served in the Korean War and devoted himself to serving other veterans. He was active in both the Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion. He was an avid promoter of Buckeye Boys State to which he generously donated and secured several local sponsorships. Vrabel was an active fundraiser for Gifts for Yanks, and helped obtain a van to transport veterans from Youngstown to the Cleveland VA hospital. He was known in his area as the “Veterans’ Veteran.”
Other Ohio veterans honored this year included Anna K. Beall (United States Army Nurse Corps Veteran – World War II), Stephen J. Butcher (Ohio Air National Guard Veteran – Persian Gulf War Era), Robert E. Derr (United States Marine Corps Veteran – Korean and Vietnam War Era), Harry A. Donovan (United States Navy Veteran – World War II), Carlos M. Easterday (United States Army Veteran – Korean War), Roger H. Gardner (United States Army Veteran/Ohio Army National Guard Veteran – Korean War Era and Vietnam War Era), David R. Hinds (United States Marine Corps Veteran – Vietnam War), Alexander P. Kish (United States Army Veteran – Korean War), John F. Kuffner (United States Navy Veteran – World War II), Harry A. Seifert, Jr. (United States Army Veteran – Cold War), Ronald J. Seman (United States Air Force Veteran – Korean War), Sharon A. R. Stanley (United States Army Veteran – Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Global War on Terrorism), Carl W. Swisher (United States Navy Veteran – Vietnam War Era) and John B. Williams (United States Army Veteran – World War II). Additional information and profiles of past inductees are available at http://dvs.ohio.gov/veterans_hall_of_fame.aspx.