Beavercreek's Mayor Bob Stone is one of 20 veterans chosen to be inducted this year into The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.
The Ohio Department of Veterans Services (ODVS), the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Executive Committee, and the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Foundation will honor the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Class of 2022 during its annual Induction Ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m. at the Ohio State University Fawcett Center, located at 2400 Olentangy River Rd., Columbus, OH 43210. This year’s ceremony will also be live-streamed by the Ohio Channel.
The Class of 2022 was chosen from among 87 nominations. The inductees, who range in age from 39 to 86 years old, span 15 Ohio counties and four branches of the United States Armed Forces – the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. This year’s class joins 934 Ohio veterans who have been inducted since inception and represent all eras, branches, and walks of life.
“I am humbled by this opportunity to join the ranks of other deserving and dedicated veterans in the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame,” said Mayor Stone. “Being able to serve my country is an honor, and today I have the honor of serving my community as mayor.”
Mayor Stone is a decorated war veteran. As an Army Specialist Fifth Class, Stone served two tours of duty in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. During this time, he managed the traffic flow of encrypted communications through Southeast Asia for the Army Security Agency. In 1971, the Army awarded Stone with the prestigious Bronze Star Medal for “Meritorious Achievement in Ground Operations Against Hostile Forces.” Stone was honorably discharged from the Army after serving more than three years. He returned home to begin many years of service to the City of Beavercreek, Beavercreek Township, and Greene County.
Mayor Stone is the third Beavercreek mayor to be inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame. He joins former mayors Brian Jarvis and Rick Perales.
The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame was established in 1992 by former Gov. George Voinovich to recognize outstanding professional achievement, service to the community and selfless acts of veterans following their military service. Charter members of the Hall’s Class of 1992 included the six Ohio military veterans who were elected President of the United States and all Medal of Honor recipients from Ohio. Honorees include astronauts, volunteers, community leaders, safety officers, veteran advocates, and government officials.