Ottawa County Veteran of the Year

The Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission seeks to recognize the veterans in Ottawa County who wore the cloth of our great nation and continue to serve the community in an exemplary manner.    Mandatory nominee qualifications and guidelines include:

  • Honorably served in the US Armed Forces
  • Ottawa County residency

Nominations are due to the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office by December 31st.  Click here to print the nomination application.


Inductees
2014 Veteran of the Year

RogerCRoger E. Carpenter, Korea
Oak Harbor

An active member of the American Legion Post 114 for 61 years v Commander, Post 114 v Adjutant, Post 114 v Finance Officer, Post 114 v Chaplain, Post 114 v Commander of the Memorial Squad, 14 years v Chairman of the Veterans Circle Committee v Boys State Chairman, 5 years v Americanism Chairman, 4 years v Sons of the American Legion member, 15 years v Vice Commander of the County Council and two years as County Council Commander v Member of 40 et 8, Voyageur 141

2013 Veteran of the Year

PaulPaul A. Laderach, WWII
Oak Harbor

An active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8732 v Senior Vice Commander, Post 8732 v Commander, Post 8732 vChaplain, Post 8732 v Honor Guard Member, Post 8732 v active member of the American Legion Post 114 v Master Mason, 65 years v member of the Scottish Rite, 65 years v Zenobia Shriner v member of the Highlander Unit as a Piper v member of the Eastern Stars

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2012 Veteran of the Year

Website PhotoRobert E. Paule, Korean War era
Elmore
An active member of the American Legion Post 279 for 60 years v Commander in 1961, 1978, and 1986, Post 279 v Ways and Means Chairman for over 20 years, Post 279 v National Convention Delegate in 1984 and 1985 v Member of 40 et 8 vOrganized the first American Legion Post 279 Easter Egg Hunt

 

2011 Veteran of the Year

Fillmore, HaroldHarold J. Fillmore, WWII
Oak Harbor

An active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8732 for nearly 60 years v Junior Vice Commander, Post 8732 vSenior Vice Commander, Post 8732 v Commander years 1953, 1954, 1984-1987, Post 8732 v Aide de Camp 1953, 1954, 1984, 1986, 1987, Post 8732 v Americanism Chairman from 1984 to present, Post 8732 v Post Service Officer from 2007 to present, Post 8732 v Color Guard Member, Post 8732 v Village of Oak Harbor Zoning Board – Appeal Board Member   v Member of Oak Harbor Tree Commission v Oak Harbor Veterans Circle Committee Member v  Tree in Veterans Park is named in honor of Harold

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