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Adair's Dakota Meyer inducted into KY Veterans Hall of Fame

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes helps Induct Inaugural Class of Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame
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By Lynn Sowards Zellen
News from Secreary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes

On Wednesday, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes greeted and helped honor the inaugural class of the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame. The organization inducted 27 veterans, including Adair County native and Greensburg High School graduate Dakota Meyer, and Walter D. Huddleston, former U.S. Senator with many relatives in the Adair, Taylor, Green, and Metcalfe Counties, into the hall of fame in a ceremony in Frankfort.

Ronald L. AllariAlexandriaArmyMajor
Larry L. ArnettFrankfortArmyCaptain
Charles Brandon BaileyFlorenceUSMCGunny SGT
Thomas W. BakerLexingtonArmySP5
Les E. BeaversFrankfortArmyBrigadier Gen.
Raymond L. ChristopherFerncreekArmyCW3
Thomas B. CrumpLouisvilleUSMCSGT Major
William CappelCovingtonArmyM-SGT
HB DeatherageFlorenceArmySGT 5 SP 5
Randall B. FisherParisAir ForceSGT
Lee R. FrakesWaltonArmy/Air ForceSSG
Parvin R. GibbsMadisonvilleUSAFMSG
Larry Hager Jr.OwensboroArmy UKN
Albert L. HazlettLawernceburgArmy SGT
Walter D. HuddlestonElizabethtownArmy SSG
Joseph J. Kalil Jr.BooneArmy Captain
Donald L. KirkpatrickBurlingtonArmy SP5
Gary L. LittrelTampa, FlaArmy CSM
Jerry W. McCandlessCampbellsburgUSMCSGT
Claude E. MeadeMoreheadArmyPSGT E7
Dakota MeyerColumbiaUSMCSGT
Dr Alvin C. PoweleitBooneArmy Major
William T. RachfordAlexandriaAir ForceSGT
Leroy F. SpauldingFrankfortArmy SGT
Ernest WestAshlandArmy PFC
Robert WilliamsIndependenceArmy PFC
Wilburn K. RossSeattle, WashArmyMSG

"As Secretary of State, I have been a committed advocate for our military - both active-duty members and veterans," said Grimes. "Today, I was proud to present these distinguished inductees their Hall of Fame medallions as we recognized them for their accomplishments both on and beyond the battlefield."

The inaugural class represents service in five foreign conflicts and over 200 years of combined military service. Seven of the veterans earned Purple Heart medals. Four men inducted have been awarded Medals of Honor.

During her remarks, Grimes presented to Judy Deatherage on behalf of H.B. Deatherage, founder and director of the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame, a medallion award from the National Association of Secretaries of State for H.B.'s long-term dedication to recognizing veterans across Kentucky and establishing Kentucky's hall of fame.

"I was deeply humbled by Secretary Grimes' honor," said Deatherage. "The Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame is proud to have her support, and we were glad to have her help honor these veterans today."

Website: Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame

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Inaugural inductees in Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame

2014-03-13 - Photo from Lyn Sowards Zellin, .
Adair County's Dakota Meyer
was not included in the photo taken at the inaugural ceremony on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, in frankfort. The complete list of the inductees, not necessarily in order and not necessarily in the photo abe, are Rondal L. Allari, Larry L. Arnett, Charles Brandon Bailey, Thomas W. Baker, Les E Beavers, Raymond L. Christopher, Thomas B. Crump, William Cappel, H.B. Detherage, Randall B. Fisher, Lee R. Frakes, Parvin R. Gibbs, Larry Hager Jr; Albert L. Hazlett, Walter D. Huddleston,, Joseph J. Kalil Jr; Donald L. Kirkpatrick, Gary L. Littrel, Jerry W. McCandless, Claude E. Meade, Dakota Meyer, Dr. Alvin C. Poweleit, Wm. t. Rachford, Leroy F. Spaulding, Ernest West, Robert Williams.

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