Dear Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame 2015 Inductees,
The Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame (GMVHOF) Board of Directors takes great pleasure in extending our sincere congratulations to you on your well-deserved selection for induction into the GMVHOF. Your fifteen Nomination Packets, along with seventy-one other Georgia Veteran’s Nomination Packets, were evaluated and scored by the GMVHOF Independent Selection Committee which is comprised of six highly honorable and dedicated Georgia Veterans. This evaluation and selection process was done in total secrecy and absolutely void of any outside influence. We know that you will be proud to know that your sterling active duty record and post military life served you well and gained for you this rare and noble honor. The GMVHOF Class of 2015 is the third annual class inducted since the Hall’s inception in 2013. In 2013 and 2014 eighteen and sixteen Georgia Veterans were inducted, respectively.
The purpose of the Hall of Fame is to honor Georgia Military Veterans; to educate Georgia citizens, especially young Americans, of the sacrifices for freedom; and to inform the public of the Inductee’s outstanding accomplishments. The three categories that make up the GMVHOF are VALOR, ACHIEVEMENT, and SERVICE. The Hall’s Bylaws require that no more than ten may be selected for valor and no more than five may be selected from the combined categories of achievement and service for an annual total of fifteen. If Medal of Honor Recipients that are nominated, they are automatically inducted and are in addition to the fifteen. Your class had ten selected for valorous acts in combat, one for extraordinary achievement while on active duty, and four for service to our community, state, and nation after active duty.
On Saturday, 7 November at the Third Annual GMVHOF Induction Ceremony and Banquet, you will be presented with the Georgia Military Veterans’ Hall of Fame Medallion, Certificate, and Coin. The list of names of your class along with other pertinent information is:
US Army Sergeant Thedore Carroll DeVore; VALOR; WWII; Athens, Ga (Posthumous Inductee)
US Navy Lieutenant Robert Irwin Gibbs, Jr.; SERVICE; WWII; Decatur, Ga (Posthumous Inductee)
US Army Colonel Fred Orr Jackson; VALOR; WWII; Fayetteville, Ga (Posthumous Inductee)
US Army Colonel Gerald Lord; SERVICE; Vietnam; Dahlonega, Ga
US Army Colonel Donald Mathis McKay, Jr.; VALOR; Vietnam; Columbus, Ga
US Air Force Colonel Birch George McVay; VALOR; WWII & POW; Cochran, Ga (Posthumous Inductee)
US Army Colonel John Day Mooneyham; VALOR; Vietnam; Sautee Nachoochee, Ga
US Marine Corps Captain George Alan Nelson; SERVICE; Vietnam; Woodstock, Ga
US Army Captain Mel Pender, Jr.; ACHIEVEMENT; Vietnam (Gold Medal Olympian); Smyrna, Ga
US Army Colonel Robert L. W. Powell; VALOR; Vietnam; Carrollton, Ga
US Army Colonel Carton Gerald Savory; SERVICE; Vietnam; Hamilton, Ga
US Army Major General Edison Earl Scholes; VALOR; Vietnam; McCaysville, Ga
US Army 1st Lieutenant Charles Gates Shepherd, Jr; WWII; Atlanta, Ga
US Navy Machinist Mate 1st Class S. O. Swygert; VALOR; WWII; Columbus, Ga
US Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Francis Ted Wolfe; VALOR; WWII, Korea, & Vietnam; Kennesaw, Ga
The Third Annual Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Banquet will be held in Columbus, Georgia on Saturday, 7 November 2015 beginning at 6 PM at Saint Luke Ministry Center (301 11th Street). This annual event is open to the public. Individual tickets may be purchased for $55 each, or a table of eight (8) can be purchased for $400. Reserved seats/tables, or a donation, may be made through PayPal by visiting http://www.gmvhof.org/; or by mailing a check to: Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame, PO Box 475, Pine Mountain, GA 31822. The Ministry Center seats about 500 and the food is delicious and plentiful. Early ticket purchases are highly encouraged since maximum capacity is anticipated.
Complimentary banquet meals are provided for each Inductee plus one guest. Likewise, complimentary banquet meals are provided for the representative plus one guest of each Posthumous Inductee.
Please know that your 2015 Class of fifteen framed citations and pictures will join thirty-four previous Inductees in the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame’s physical location is on the Georgia Capital grounds in the Floyd Veterans Building and is scheduled to officially open later this calendar year.
We thank all of the nominators for their dedication, diligence, and attention to detail as they prepared and submitted your Nomination Packets.
If you have any questions, please call or email me.