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Letter from the President
 of the
 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. 

    OMHF 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 OMHF 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, OMHF 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.”

    OMHF 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 OMHF 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)
 President, OMHF





Class of 2018 Inductees

Class of 2018 Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame Inductees/Family Representatives

Left to Right: CPT Phillip Boatner
Mark Downing, brother of Cpl William Downing
Brad Downing, nephew of Cpl William Downing
CPT Bob Ford
Doug Garone, grandson of CPT Cissna
Ronny Sweger, grandson of CPL George Walden
CPT Charles Ward
COL John C. Johnson
Police Chief Richard Grammar, son of LT Mike Grammar
Nicholas Grammar, grandson of LT Mike Grammar
Perry Schulze for GM3 Paul Henry Carr
LTC William Hamilton

Celebrating Oklahoma's Heroes

Honoring the men and women of Oklahoma who served in the Uniformed Services of the United States and those who continue to serve our country today.

The Oklahoma Military Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting our uniformed services, in particular, honoring those Oklahomans, living or deceased, who serve or have served in the military, with records of outstanding service to our nation.

2019 Banquet Information

2019 Banquet will be held at:

Embassy Suites Hilton, Norman, OK

Date: Saturday October 26, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Online Registration Link (transaction fee included): Eventbrite Reservations and Donations (Not active at this time)


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Click to view: Class of 2018 Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame Inductees.pdf

CPT Philip C. Boatner, US Army

GM3 Paul Henry Carr, US Navy

CPT Arnold Joseph Cissna, US Army

Cpl William Kelly Downing, US Marine Corps

CPT Robert L. Ford, US Army, MG Douglas O. Dollar Distinguished Public Service Award

1LT William M. 'Mike' Grammar, US Marine Corps

LTC William A. Hamilton, US Army

COL John Carl Johnson, US Army

SPC George T. Walden, US Army

CPT Charles W. Ward, US Army

To view Previous Inductees please click links below