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Veteran's Wall of Honor

The Supervisor of Elections would like to recognize the service of our brave veterans and provide encouragement to our citizens to vote through the Vote in Honor of a Veteran program.


Leighton L. Baker, Infantry Unit Commander, US Army

Leighton L. Baker

Infantry Unit Commander
US Army, 06/23/1942 - 05/19/1946
WWII


Lake County Connection:
Lived in Lake County from June 1959 until 1996. Owner of a business in Lake County. He was elected in 1962 to the Florida House of Representatives. He was a member of many service clubs.

Medals, Honors, and any additional information:
European, African, Middle Eastern Theater Medal with 2 Bronze Stars for Northern France, Rhineland Campaigns American Theater Medal, Victory Medal, Purple Heart

Steuart L. Baker, FOOD SERVICE SGT., HDQ. PLT. SGT., SFC, US Army, Fl. National Guard

Steuart L. Baker

FOOD SERVICE SGT., HDQ. PLT. SGT., SFC
US Army, Fl. National Guard, 04/19/1967 - 04/19/1991


Lake County Connection:
Born and raised in Lake County, attended school, and has owned a business in the area.

Foreign Countries stationed or served:
Panama (Canal Zone)

Medals, Honors, and any additional information:
Retired after twenty-four years of service.

Steve Bray, 0352, 0321, SFC, USMC

Steve Bray

0352, 0321
USMC, 1985 - 1991
Desert Storm


Lake County Connection:
Resident of Eustis and current Firefighter.

Foreign Countries stationed or served:
Okinawa, Japan

Medals, Honors, and any additional information:
Naval Achievement, Southwest Asia Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Comcat Action Ribbon, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Sea Service Deployment, Rifle Expert, Pistol Sharpshooter, Good Conduct Medal

Joan Burke, Communication Yeomen Petty Officer 3rd Class, US Navy

Joan Burke

Communication Yeomen Petty Officer 3rd Class
US Navy, 12/30/1965 - 12/30/1968
Vietnam


Lake County Connection:
Member of American Legion Post 347. Currently serving as Honor Guard Commander for the post.

Medals, Honors, and any additional information:
National Defense Medal and Cold War Recognition Ribbon

James 'Pete' Donald Cannon, Cook, US Army

James 'Pete' Donald Cannon

Cook
US Army, 05/13/1953 - 05/30/1961


Lake County Connection:
He was born in Winter Garden and lived in Groveland with his family. He worked at Continental Can Company in Winter Garden, until his death in 1966.

Foreign Countries stationed or served:
Germany

Medals, Honors, and any additional information:
Good Conduct, National Defense, Army of Occupation (Germany)

Hugh E. Douthit, Tank Driver M1-19k, US Army

Hugh E. Douthit

Tank Driver M1-19k, 2nd Armored under George Patton Jr. (son of famous WWII General Patton)
US Army, 07/01/1974 - 07/01/1980


Lake County Connection:
Lives in Lake County with a security software, veteran owned business.

Foreign Countries stationed or served:
Germany

Medals, Honors, and any additional information:
Sharpshooter Qualification Badge

Robert J. Farrell, Cook and Infantry, US Army

Robert J. Farrell

Cook and Infantry
US Army, 09/18/1967 - 09/18/1970
Vietnam


Lake County Connection:
Lives in Lake County with his family.

Foreign Countries stationed or served:
Vietnam, Germany

Medals, Honors, and any additional information:
Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with Silver Star Attachment, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with Device, Marksman Badge.

Matthew Joseph Griffin, 3531 - Motor Vehicle Operator, USMC

Matthew Joseph Griffin

3531 - Motor Vehicle Operator
USMC, 05/06/2003 - 01/09/2008
2-Time OIF Veteran / Operation Iraqi Freedom


Lake County Connection:
Teacher at Umatilla High School

Foreign Countries stationed or served:
Kuwait, Iraq, Japan, Korea

Thomas Lester Haley, III, Hull Maintenance (Welder), Master at Arms, US Navy

Thomas Lester Haley, III

Hull Maintenance (Welder), Master at Arms
US Navy, 04/22/1987 - 12/07/2004
Desert Storm, Desert Shield


Lake County Connection:
Has family in Lake County.

Medals, Honors, and any additional information:
Navy Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medals (5), National Defense Medals (2) Sharp Shooter and Pistol Medals, Reserve Sea Service, Battle Efficiency awards (3)

David H. Jenkins, 84620 Photo Lab Technician, US Army

David H. Jenkins

84620 Photo Lab Technician
US Army, 04/26/1968 - 11/11/1970
Vietnam


Lake County Connection:
Lives in Lady Lake during the winter months and is a life member of American Legion Post #347.

Foreign Countries stationed or served:
Vietnam

Gregory K. Kilby, Personnel Specialist, USAF

Gregory K. Kilby

Personnel Specialist
USAF, 05/24/1966 - 02/24/1970


Lake County Connection:
Lives in Lake County with his wife.

Seford Olsen, 98C30, Radio Traffic Analyst, 11COO Inf PLT Lär, 45COO Staff Analyst, US Army

Seford Olsen

98C30, Radio Traffic Analyst, 11COO Inf PLT Lär, 45COO Staff Analyst
US Army, 11/30/1969 - 11/30/1999


Lake County Connection:
Resident

Foreign Countries stationed or served:
Phu Bai, RVN

Medals, Honors, and any additional information:
LOM, MSM BSM, ARCom

Robert P. Perozynski, 912 Senior Construction Draftman SP-5 (E-5), US Army

Robert P. Perozynski

912 Senior Construction Draftman SP-5 (E-5)
US Army, 08/06/1960 - 08/07/1966


Lake County Connection:
Poll Deputy / Inspector

Dixie Royal, Jr., Assistant Base Commander and Supply Officer, USAF

Dixie Royal, Jr.

Assistant Base Commander and Supply Officer
USAF, 06/08/1953 - 05/14/1981


Lake County Connection:
Born in Lake County. Worked for Golden Gem Growers for 43 years and served as Vice President of the company. Served on State Farm Bureau Citrus Advisory Committee for 20 years. Past president of Lake County Farm Bureau. 55 year Mason - Past Master Umatilla Lodge #65. Taught Sunday school for 21 years and served on the Baptist State Board of Missions. Also served on the Vo-Tech Advisory Committee.

Medals, Honors, and any additional information:
Air Force Accommodation Medal

George Starner, AGE Ground Equipment Repair Specialist - Crew Chief, USAF

George Starner

AGE Ground Equipment Repair Specialist - Crew Chief
USAF, 03/01/1967 - 09/10/1970
Vietnam


Lake County Connection:
Lives in Lady Lake with his family. Has brothers and sisters who also live in Lake County.

Foreign Countries stationed or served:
Japan, Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Cambodia

Medals, Honors, and any additional information:
Vietnam Ribbon Medal, Presidential Citation, Honorable Service Defense Ribbon

Wallace Watson, EN3, US Navy

Wallace Watson

EN3
US Navy, 04/28/1967 - 10/01/1971
Vietnam War


Lake County Connection:
Lake County resident/former business owner.

Foreign Countries stationed or served:
Vietnam, Mediterranean Group, Caribbean Group/Navy

Medals, Honors, and any additional information:
National Defense Medal, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, ET 1968 Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, USN Commendation Medal, C.A. Honor Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, 50th Anniversary of Vietnam Commendation Medal

David C. Wiltrout, 35N Signals Intelligence Analyst, US Army

David C. Wiltrout

35N Signals Intelligence Analyst
US Army, 08/07/2012 - 05/12/2016
Afghanistan Campaign


Lake County Connection:
East Ridge High School Class of 2010

Foreign Countries stationed or served:
South Korea, Afghanistan

Medals, Honors, and any additional information:
Afghanistan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal

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