Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame

William H. Mason, Jr. at a luncheon with former Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton, who nominated Mason for induction into the Kentucky veterans Hall of Fame.

This summer, 29 Kentucky military veterans will be inducted into the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame (KVHOF), selected for their extensive post-military community service.

Among those honored are longtime Eminence resident and civic leader, William H. Mason, Jr., who served in World War II as Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class, U.S. Navy. He is being recognized posthumously after his passing on Nov. 14, 2020 at the age of 103.

“The service after the service is what the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame focuses on,” said KVHOF board member and former Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton, who nominated Mason for induction. “We honor those who continue to serve on in some capacity.”

The Hall of Fame class was introduced July 28 in a ceremony featuring jumbo flags parachuted in by Team FastraxTM Professional Skydiving Team. Inductees will be spotlighted Aug. 26 at a Grand Gala dinner, an evening of military fellowship and patriotic music. The formal induction ceremony will be held the morning of Aug. 27. All events are at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort & Spa, Lexington, and are open to the public. Details at www.kyveterans.org.

"Many veterans continue service to their branch, country and community through volunteerism. It is the goal of the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame to honor them," said Terry Vannarsdale, KVHOF Director of Nominations/Processing. "When we evaluated the nomination packets, it became apparent these nominees bear a great desire to help others. It is only right and responsible to recognize them for their expanded service."

H.B. Deatherage, KVHOF Founder and Executive Director, said, "Veterans are sometimes taken for granted, and these events are a wonderful way to honor those who deserve recognition for serving the Commonwealth of Kentucky. This is the largest class we've selected."

Class of 2022 inductees to the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame are:

Benjamin F. Adams III, Brigadier General (ret), U.S. Army, Fayette County

Michael S. Boyd, Chief Master Sergeant (ret), U.S. Air Force, Madison County

William F. Brauns, Specialist 5, U.S. Army, Campbell County

Keith R. Cain, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Daviess County

Vincent B. Carman, Sergeant, U.S. Army, Hardin County

Robert D. Casher, Command Sergeant Major (ret), U.S. Army, Hardin County

Thomas C. Cork Sr, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Jefferson County

Carl E. Cornelius Sr, Major (ret), U.S. Army, Hardin County

George Dille, Captain, U.S. Army, Hardin County

Lance R. Donaldson, Specialist 4, U.S. Army, Kenton County

Edward F. Duff II, Specialist 5, U.S. Army, McCracken County

James C. Floyd, Corporal, U.S. Army, Pulaski County

Maurice Geurin Sr, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Jefferson County

Robert C. Graves, Lieutenant Colonel (ret), U.S. Army, Jefferson County

*Clyde Green Jr, Captain (ret), U.S. Navy, Jefferson County

Roy Carlos Hall, Corporal, U.S. Army, Fayette County

Delbert Hoskins, Command Sergeant Major (ret), U.S. Army, Allen County

*Harold Leasure Sr, Captain, U.S. Army, Hopkins County

Archie A. Mack Sr, Command Sergeant Major (ret), U.S. Army, Hardin County

*William H. Mason Jr, Aviation Machinist's Mate 3rd Class, U.S. Navy, Henry County

Joann Orr, Master Sergeant (ret), U.S. Army, Jefferson County

Harold M. Robinson, Sergeant, U.S. Army, Daviess County

Timothy Rolf, Petty Officer 2nd Class, U.S. Navy, Campbell County

Claude Shaw, Chief Warrant Officer 4 (ret), U.S. Army, Clark County

Patrick Sinclair, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Madison County

Dean E. Stoops, Chief Warrant Officer 5 (ret), U.S. Army, Mercer County

Michael Stoyonovich, First Sergeant (ret), U.S. Army, Edmonson County

*Philip Taliaferro Sr, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army, Kenton County

John M. Weaver, Colonel (ret), U.S. Army, Hardin County

(*Posthumous)

After the Aug. 27th induction ceremony, an official Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame plaque bearing the above names will join earlier class plaques permanently displayed in the Frankfort, Kentucky Capitol building, in the first-floor hall near the Secretary of State's office. The names will eventually be added to a series of regional KVHOF monuments being installed at various locations around Kentucky. To date, over 200 worthy veterans have been selected from 53 Kentucky counties, covering multiple conflicts and eras since World War I, representing the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

About Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame:

The Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization started in 2010 by Florence, KY businessman and Vietnam veteran H.B. Deatherage. Inductees are selected annually in January from nominations accepted year-round, with celebrations held in the host city of Lexington, KY. Many inductees continue to volunteer throughout Kentucky and the nation. The KVHOF Alumni Association funds scholarships awarded annually to high school students related to inductees. For more information visit www.kyveterans.org.