Arizona Veterans Hall Of Fame

On behalf of the Governor and the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services (ADVS), the Unified Arizona Veterans (UAV) established the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame.  Those veterans selected for this special recognition have honorably served their country through military service and also their fellow man through deeds and accomplishments outside the military.

The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame was created by the UAV, a consortium of veterans organizations and is open to representation from all veterans organizations throughout Arizona.  Our very own Webb Ellis was the team leader who spearheaded the efforts and began formulating Arizona’s Veterans Hall of Fame to recognize men and women from all eras, all branches of service, and all walks of life.  Following in the footsteps of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, Arizona hoped to add its legacy to the eventual establishment of a National Veterans Hall of Fame.

Oversight of the Hall is provided by the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services.  The ADVS serves Arizona’s veterans on a daily basis through its seven branch offices and it’s Veterans Advisory Commission.   The Hall is located at the Arizona State Veteran’s Home in Steele Indian School Park, 4141 N Herrera Way, Phoenix, AZ 85012-1814.

The inaugural induction ceremony, held on May 30, 2001, recognized 26 Medal of Honor recipients with Arizona ties, 13 of those being prior to Statehood in 1912, and 24 other distinguished Arizona veterans.  Elected officials become eligible after they have been out of office for a period of at least two years or upon reaching age 70.  Subsequent induction ceremonies will occur in conjunction with Veterans Day in November.

A committee of veterans drawn from the member organizations of the UAV serves as advisers to the Hall of Fame and recommends inductees annually from nominations solicited from all veterans’ organizations and citizens of Arizona.

Chapter Awardees

As of Veterans Day, 2016, thirty (30) members of the Arizona Chapter MOAA have been inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame.  Excluding the 37 Medal of Honor recipients of the 359 inductees to date, the Arizona Chapter MOAA represents 9.3 percent of the 322 veterans so honored for their achievements and/or volunteer efforts outside the military.  Of the approximately 600,000 veterans currently living in Arizona, only one in 25,000 will be so honored for selection to be inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame each year.

Please click on the year to view the narrative and pictures of our members.

Class of 2016 (photo pending)

  • Colonel Jeanne J. Blaes, USA Retired
  • Colonel Robert E. “Rob” Welch, USA Retired

Class of 2015 (photo pending)

  • Colonel John Ady, USA Retired
  • Colonel William Glen “Bill” Roscher, USA Retired

Class of 2014

  • Captain Daniel M. Conway, USCG Retired
  • Captain Paul L. Schnur, MD, USA (former)

Class of 2013

  • Colonel Ronald R. Green, USAF Retired
  • Colonel Gene H. Rafanelli, USA Retired

Class of 2012

  • Colonel Ronald J. Perkins, USAF Retired

Class of 2011

  • Colonel H. Rance Farrell, USA Retired
  • Brigadier General R. Gregg Maxon, USA Retired

Class of 2010

  • Colonel Webb W. Ellis, USA Retired
  • Colonel Gary W. Fredricks, USAF Retired
  • Lt. Colonel Jeannine Carol Dahl, USA Retired

Class of 2009

  • Captain William C. Jenkins, USN Retired
  • Major General Carl G. Schneider, USAF Retired

Class of 2008

  • Brigadier General R. Thomas Browning, USAF Retired

Class of 2007

  • Captain Carol C. Culbertson, USN Retired
  • Colonel Charles H. “Chuck” Schluter, USA Retired

Class of 2006

  • Colonel Richard A. Colson, USA Retired
  • Lieutenant James C. Seidl, USCG Retired
  • Colonel A. Park Shaw Jr., USA Retired

Class of 2005

  • Major Mike Gannon, USAF Retired
  • Colonel Richard “Dick” Minor, USA Retired

Class of 2004

  • Lieutenant JG Jesse Gersten, USN (former)

Class of 2002

  • Lt. Colonel Thomas C. Smith, USMC Retired
  • Lt. Commander Terry J. Tassin, USN Retired
  • Lt. Colonel William K. Toy, USA Retired

Class of 2001

  • Senator Barry Goldwater, Major General, USAF Retired
  • Lt. Colonel Walter W. “Bill” Thompson, USAF Retired
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