Letter from the President
Oklahoma Military Heritage Foundation
I am pleased to welcome all Oklahoma citizens to the Oklahoma Military Heritage Foundation website. This is your opportunity to share and appreciate the distinctive and gallant military history of our great state. From statehood through the World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, the Cold War, the Gulf Wars, and the War on Terrorism, Oklahoma’s servicemen and servicewomen have played, and continue to play, a major role in the defense of our Nation.
OKMHF is a 501(c)(3) organization with an all-volunteer Board of ambassadors dedicated to finding and recognizing Oklahoma’s military heroes. This is a year-round operation and truly a labor of love. The OKMHF Team spends the entire year preparing, organizing, researching, searching for relatives, coordinating, sending out newsletters, seeking “home-grown” Medal of Honor recipients, conducting a selection review of candidates, and raising funds for the next Banquet Induction ceremony. The awards themselves are professionally rendered, including a detailed image of our logo in a ribbon-suspended bronze medal; a matted and framed citation adorned with beaded and leathered warrior feather; and a framed freehand pencil portrait of each honoree by one of our very talented artists.
Every year on or near the weekend celebrating Veteran’s Day, OKMHF presides over the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame’s annual Induction Ceremony and Banquet honoring nine individual military personnel or organizations who have demonstrated heroic gallantry in action, uncommon valor, sacrifice above and beyond the call of duty, or extraordinary leadership. These people define “Oklahoma’s Military Heroes.”
OKMHF also takes this opportunity to honor an individual or organization for outstanding public service activities extending beyond their military service. The “MG Douglas O. Dollar Distinguished Public Service Award” is named for the founder and first president of the OKMHF and is presented to an individual or organization actively involved in the community promoting good citizenship, continued patriotism beyond military service, and providing assistance to Oklahoma’s veterans and families with the same exemplary dedication that has been the keystone of MG Dollar’s military and civilian careers.
When you attend the induction ceremony and banquet and learn of the profound military and civic accomplishments of these extraordinary men and women, be ready for an event you’ll never forget! You will be compelled to stand tall and applaud, your heart bursting with pride, and a tear in your eye with gratitude for what our honorees have done to preserve our freedom and liberties. These honorees make us proud to wear the uniform of the United States Military or to support those who do, and grateful to be a citizen of the great state of Oklahoma and the greatest nation in the world, the United States of America.
Colonel Jerry Shiles, US Army (ret)