The Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor Class of 2014 will be inducted at ceremonies at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium May 2nd. The event starts at 11:30am. This year’s class includes representatives from the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps who served during the Indian Wars, the Civil War, World War I and World War II, as well as the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam. 

These Ohioans have all gone above and beyond the call of duty and performed heroically in specific combat actions against armed enemies of the United States of America. For their actions, they have received such commendations as the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal and the Navy Commendation Medal.

Among those being inducted is Kingston native John W. Dresbach, who received the Navy Distinguished Flying Cross. Dresbach was a Lt. Junior Grade. While participating in aerial flight as Commander and Pilot of a Patrol Plane during a coordinated attack on an enemy submarine in the Caribbean Sea on August 6, 1943.

Undeterred by intense and continuous antiaircraft fire from the surfaced submarine, Lieutenant, Junior Grade, Dresbach unhesitatingly started his approach run for an attack. While flying at high airspeed and rapidly closing the range on his target, he was mortally wounded by enemy fire. The depth charges released on this run contributed materially to the eventual destruction of the hostile vessel and the capture of her crew.