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.

Class of 2023 Inductees

David Abramowitz, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret)

Dennis O. Baker, Commander, U.S. Navy, (Ret)

John E. Bircher III, Colonel U.S. Army (Ret)

David Blair Craig, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret)

Dr. Benjamin Findley, Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Ret)

Michael Fleming, Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret)

R. Craig Ham, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret)

Dr. Gerald Hollingsworth, Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Ret)

Joseph Kittinger, Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Ret) deceased

Henry Lowery, Chief Warrant Officer 5, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret)

Bruce Melnick, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard (Ret)

Frederic Raymond, Major General, U.S. Army (Ret)

Walter E. Raysick, Sr., Master Chief U.S. Navy (Ret)

Leon J. Roy, IV, Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army (Ret) deceased

Edward C. Sheffield, U.S. Army Veteran

Joseph G. Sicinski, U.S. Air Force Veteran

Alene Tarter, Master Sergeant, U.S. Air Force (Ret)

Dewayne Thrift, U.S. Air Force Veteran

Donn Weaver, U.S. Army Veteran

Tony Williams, Jr., Major, U.S. Army (Ret)


Class of 2022 Inductees

Mike Bousher, U.S. Army Veteran

Jeffrey Cathey, Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret)

Anthony D’Aleo, U.S. Army Veteran

John Gionet, Sergeant Major, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret)

Greg Holder, Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Ret)

Don Lanman, U.S. Army Veteran

John Leslie, Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret)

Gordon Lightfoot, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

Maxine Reyes, Captain, U.S. Army (Ret)

Glenn Sutphin, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret)


Class of 2021 Inductees

Robert Adelhelm, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret)

Bishop (Dr.) Douglas Alexander ‎Sr., U.S. Army Veteran

Thomas Bowman, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret)

Robert D. Chelberg, Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Ret)

William W. Francis II, Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Ret)

Michael W. Hartford, Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret)

Daniel V. Hughes, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

Rep. Stan Jordan, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret)

Ray A. Quinn, Sergeant Major, U.S. Army (Ret)

Darryl J. Reyes, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret)

Frederick Robinson, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

Gill Ruderman, Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret)

William D. Salter, U.S. Army Veteran

Harry O. “Skip” Taylor, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (Ret)

William D. Wilson, U.S. Air Force Veteran


Class of 2020 Inductees

COL Gary Clark, USAF Retired

George W. Duren, USA Veteran

1SG Daila Espeut-Jones, USA Retired

The late BG Michael Ferguson, USA Retired

LTG Jay Garner, USA Retired

Martin Gayeski, USA Veteran

Frank Hahnel, Jr., USMC Veteran

Lt Col George Hardy, USAAC/USAF Retired

COL Ronald Joe, USA Retired

COL Darryle Kouns, USA Retired

Cliff  R. Leonard, USMC Veteran

Mike K. Mason, USA Veteran

Michelle A. Poitier, USN Veteran

TSgt. Deloris Quaranta, USAF Retired

CW4 Dean Resch, USA Retired

COL Claude Shipley, USA Retired

LTC Donald Slesnick II, USA Retired

CAPT Morris Steen Jr.,  USN Retired

Dr. Norman E. Thagard,  USMC Veteran

Lt Col Alton Yates, USAF Retired


Class of 2019 Inductees

John A. Brinkley, U.S. Marine Corps/U.S. Air Force veteran

Dr. Edward Copeland III, U.S. Army veteran

CW4 Donald Courtney, U.S. Army (retired)

Raymond “Ray” Crallé, U.S. Marine Corps veteran

The late Col. Michael Flynt, U.S. Air Force (retired)

Matt Franz, U.S. Army veteran

Irving Friedman, U.S. Navy veteran

Lt. Col. Ali Frohlich, U.S. Air Force (retired)

Kathryn Gates-Skipper, U.S. Marine Corps veteran

The late Col. Dale M. Leslie, U.S. Marine Corps (retired)

CAPT Norman Olson, U.S. Navy (retired)

Lt. Col. Robert (Pat) Phillips, U.S. Air Force (retired)

SFC Juan Santiago, U.S. Army (retired)

Michael T. Waldrop, U.S. Army veteran

Brig. Gen. William Webb, U.S. Air Force (retired)

Dr. Albert Zant, U.S. Army veteran


Class of 2018 Inductees

Mark W. Erdrich, U.S. Army veteran (deceased)

Lt. Gen. Gordon E. Fornell, U.S. Air Force (retired)

Chief Master Sgt. Carl Hunsinger, U.S. Air Force (retired)

Luis E. Lalama, U.S. Army veteran

Brig. Gen. T. Patt Maney, U.S. Army (retired)

John R. Marks III, U.S. Air Force veteran

Rear Adm. Carlton J. McLeod, U.S. Navy (retired)

Maj. Charles E. Merkel Jr., U.S. Army (retired)

Marlin S. Muller, U.S. Army veteran

Aaron Gary Newman, U.S. Navy veteran

Stephen O’Connell, U.S. Air Force veteran (deceased)

Capt. David J. Quirk, U.S. Navy (retired)

Capt. William H. Reuter IV, U.S. Navy (retired)

Master Sgt. Jose A. Rosa Jr., U.S. Air Force (retired)

David L. Rose, U.S. Army veteran

Chief Master Sgt. John Schmidt Jr., U.S. Air Force (retired)

Col. John M. Thomson, U.S. Army (retired)

Jessie “J.D.” Turner, U.S. Army veteran (deceased)

George W. Wanberg, U.S. Marine Corps veteran

Lt. Cmdr. Herlena O’Neal Washington, U.S. Navy (retired)


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:

Brig. Gen. Patt Maney, U.S. Army (retired)

Maj. Gen. Frank Moore, U.S. Air Force (retired) Vice Chair

LTC Marlene Carter, U.S. Army (retired) Chair

Sen. Victor Torres, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran

Jimmie T. Smith, U.S. Army Veteran

Col. Bruce Grant, U.S. Army (retired)

Edgar Rodriguez, U.S. Navy Veteran


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 https://floridaveteranshalloffame.org

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