The Ohio Department of Veterans Services has announced the members of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2018. These 20 inductees will be honored for their accomplishments and achievements at the twenty-sixth annual Induction Ceremony on Thursday, November 8 for their post-military service. This class of candidates represents 13 Ohio counties and four military branches.
Including among the inductees is Navy veteran and Richland Countian Douglas Theaker.
The Class of 2018 was chosen from among 119 nominations. This year’s class joins 854 Ohio veterans who have been inducted since 1992 and represent all eras and branches.
This marks the second time in a handful of weeks that Douglas Theaker has been honored for his service to the community. In August, he was named as 2018 Outstanding Senior of the Year for Richland County. In his nomination for that position, it was noted that Theaker has served as an Ontario Village Councilman, as an Ontario Board of Education member for 20 years and President of the Board for 11 of those years, as a Board of Education member of Pioneer Career and Technology Center, as host of the WMFD Rehab Telethon Fundraiser for 28 years, and as President of the Richland County United Way Board.
Theaker is a Navy Veteran of the Korean War and the Commander of the Korean War Organization Mansfield Chapter 51. He is very active in all the community veterans programs and has been on the Richland County Veterans Service Commission for 35 years. He was on the Honor Flight in 2013 and has received the South Korean Peace Medal among other awards and honors.
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 near the Ohio Statehouse at the Riffe Center, 77 South High Street in Columbus. The 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.
Source: Press releases