FRANKFORT – The Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame has announced its third class of inductees that will be inducted next month in Frankfort. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes joined the organization’s directors, state officials and the inductees for an announcement in the Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday.
“As Secretary of State and an advocate for our active-duty military and veterans, I have worked with the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame since its inception two years ago,” said Grimes. “These men and women represent the best of Kentucky, and have demonstrated selfless service and sacrifice not only in combat, but in their communities and in our Commonwealth. I am proud to help sustain the hall of fame and continue to honor these individuals’ commitment to Kentucky and our country.”
The Hall of Fame will induct 24 men and women veterans from across Kentucky during an induction weekend, Sept. 16-17, in Frankfort. The class represents all branches of the U.S. military and nearly a dozen different conflicts. Army Maj. Carl Dodd, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient from Harlan, will be inducted posthumously.
“We are very grateful for our veterans and what they have done. This is one way we can show our appreciation to them,” said H.B. Deatherage, founder and president of the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame. “Our organization exists to honor the sacrifice of these men and women who devote their lives to community and country.”
The 2016 Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame inductees are Staff Sgt. Kenneth Aynes, Air Force, Kenton County; Maj. Allen D. Broussard, Marine Corps, Jefferson County; Lt. Col. Mary K. Broussard, Marine Corps, Jefferson County; Col. Jerry T. Cecil, Army, Clark County; Staff Sgt. Gregory L. Dearborn, Army, Hardin County; Gunnery Sgt. Samuel D. Deeds, Marine Corps, Kenton County; Chief Warrant Officer Don Dixon, Marine Corps, Fayette County; Master Sgt. T.D. Freeman, Marine Corps, Shelby County; Pfc. Harvey L. Hampton, Air Force, Campbell County; Chief Warrant Officer Donald W. Helton, Army, Oldham County; Staff Sgt. Charles Korzenborn, Army, Kenton County; Sgt. Maj. Irvin Lyons Jr., Army, Hardin County; Sgt. Maj. Gerald M. McDaniel, Army, Rowan County; Col. Willis Payne McKee Jr., Army, Woodford County; Sgt. 1st Class Clinton Josh Meshew, Army, Hardin County; Sgt. Maj. Silas Mercer Noel, Marine Corps, Franklin County; Cpl. Brian J. Palmersheim, Army, Hardin County; Sgt. Maj. Harry T. Rice, Army, Franklin County; Petty Officer 1st Class Krystol J. Stinson, Navy, Allen County; Seaman William F. Taylor, Navy, Green County; Capt. Robert S. Terrell, Jr., Marine Corps, Whitley County; Sgt. John C. Thorpe, III, Air Force, Hopkins County; Spc. James Thurman, Jr., Army, Fayette County and Maj. Carl Dodd, Army, Harlan County
Grimes has been involved with the organization and has helped to induct each Hall of Fame class since it began in 2014. The second class was the first to include women and this year’s class will include the first husband and wife to be inducted together.
For more information and to nominate a Kentucky veteran to the Hall of Fame, visit kyveterans.org.