Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame

The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame recognizes and honors those military veterans who, through their works and lives during or after military service, have made a significant contribution to the state of Florida through civic, business, public service or other pursuits. It is not a traditional military hall of fame, as it focuses on post-military contributions to the State of Florida.

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Class of 2017 Inductees

The late Harold (Hal) Baumgarten, U.S. Army veteran

Joseph J. Celli, U.S. Army veteran

The late Lt. Col. Earle L. Denton, U.S. Army (retired)

Capt. Dale W. Doss, U.S. Navy (retired)

John P. Folsom, U.S. Navy veteran

Thomas G. Gates, U.S. Air Force veteran

The late Lt. Col. Leo R. Gray, U.S. Air Force Reserve (retired)

Col. Bruce J. Host, U.S. Air Force (retired)

Richard R. Hunt, U.S. Marine Corps veteran

Brig. Gen. Albin F. Irzyk, U.S. Army (retired)

Master Sgt. James L. Lamb, U.S. Air Force (retired)

Maj. Albert H. Linden Jr., U.S. Army (retired)

Col. Francis (Len) Loving, U.S. Marine Corps (retired)

Rodney L. Phillips, U.S. Army veteran

1st Sgt. Thomas S. Rice, U.S. Army (retired)

George (Ben) Ritter, U.S. Marine Corps veteran

John E. Thrasher, U.S. Army veteran

Donald L. Van Beck, U.S. Army veteran

Robert N. White, U.S. Army veteran

The late Bernard E. Wilson, U.S. Army Air Corps veteran


Class of 2016 Inductees

The late 1st Lt. Reubin O’Donovan Askew, U.S. Air Force veteran

The late LT j.g. LeRoy Collins, U.S. Navy veteran

Sgt. Jordon J. “J.J.” Corbett, U.S. Army veteran

The late RADM Kevin Delaney, U.S. Navy (retired)

Lt. Col. Dennis O. Freytes, U.S. Army (retired)

SGT David L. Goetsch, U.S. Marine Corps veteran

The late Capt. Spessard Holland, Air Service, AEF veteran

Capt. William L. Proctor, U.S. Army Reserve veteran

Col. Washington J. Sanchez Jr., U.S. Army (retired)

CMSgt. Johnny E. Stewart, U.S. Air Force (retired)

SP4 Frederick A. Taylor, Jr. U.S. Army veteran


Class of 2015 Inductees

The late Charles E. Bennett, U.S. Army veteran

The late Laurence O. “Larry” Campbell, U.S. Marine Corps veteran

Chief Master Sgt. Charles E. LeCroy, U.S. Air Force (retired)

The late Lawton M. Chiles, U.S. Army veteran

Col. Curtis V. “Curt” Ebitz, U.S. Army (retired)

Col. Warren “Rocky” McPherson, U.S. Marine Corps (retired)

The late Gerald V. Myers, U.S. Army veteran

Maj. Gen. Earl G. Peck, U.S. Air Force (retired)


Class of 2014 Inductees

The late Rear Adm. LeRoy Collins Jr., U.S. Navy Reserve (retired)

Maj. Gen. James L. Dozier, U.S. Army (retired)

Col. Frank Farmer, U.S. Army, Florida Army National Guard, U.S. Air Force Reserve (retired)

Chief Master Sgt. Eugene Cecil Johnson, U.S. Air Force (retired)

Lt. Gen. Lawrence F. Snowden, U.S. Marine Corps (retired)


Class of 2013 Inductees

Maj. Gen. John R. D. Cleland, U.S. Army (retired)

The late Rep. Sam M. Gibbons, U.S. Army veteran

Maj. John L. Haynes, U.S. Marine Corps (retired)

Lt. Gen. Robert F. Milligan, U.S. Marine Corps (retired)

Capt. Jeanne Grushinski Rubin, U.S. Navy (retired)

Capt. Robert J. Silah, U.S. Navy (retired)


The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Council transmits its recommended list of nominees to the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs, which submits the nominations to the Governor and Cabinet, who select the nominees to be inducted. Council members are:

Sgt. Maj. Ray A. Quinn, U.S. Army (retired) Chairman

Lt. Col. Marlené Carter, U.S. Army (retired)

Dr. James E. Harrell, U.S. Army veteran

Lt. Col. Chris C. Hart III, U.S. Army (retired)

Maj. Gen. Ron Harrison, U.S. Army (retired)

Florida Rep. Larry Metz, U.S. Marine Corps veteran

Citrus County Commissioner Jimmie T. Smith, U.S. Army (retired)


The Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame Wall is available for public viewing during business hours on the Plaza Level of the Capitol Building in Tallahassee.  The Capitol Building is also home to the Florida Medal of Honor Wall, paying tribute to Florida’s Medal of Honor recipients.

Nominating guidelines and submission forms are located on the Florida Veterans’ Hall of Fame website at http://www.floridaveteranshalloffame.org/index.html

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