Parkman Ohio
Veterans Memorial Park
Parkman Center on the corner of Rt. 422 and Rt. 528/Rt88

 

IN MEMORY OF THE PIONEERS OF PARKMAN
OUR FIGHTING MEN ALL CITIZENS OF PARKMAN
IN THE FIRST CENTURY AND A HALF

Below are a couple excerpts about early Parkman Veterans
from this 1976 rendition that was written by: Dawn Hall, Arlene Gotham , Madelaine Dietz
The whole complete story is now digitally archived and on the Parkman Historical Society page!

This effort is to help celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Parkman Militia (1822)
who had Parkman’s very first “locally hand made” US ensign flag
and the 75th anniversary of the Parkman Veteran’s Club (1946)

In 1822, after the formation of the 1st Militia Company in Parkman, the ladies united in furnishing a flag by contributing fine linen of their own spinning. The painting of the stars and stripes was done by Barton Avery. When completed, it was presented to the company by Miss Sophia Doty with an address by Mrs. Daniel Owen. Her speech has not been preserved, but the following is a copy of the remarks made to the Ensign by Captain Fairbanks upon acceptance of the flag:

'"Ensign, it becomes your duty to take charge of this flag, a present from the patriotic ladies of Parkman. Although in times of peace it is used for parade and ceremony, yet, remember in times of war, it serves as a rallying point for the soldiers. your liberty or your life. "

This was the first flag owned by any company in the county and at the following training at Burton, the Parkman Company marched in front of the others carrying the colors of ''Old Glory”.

Not once in its years of existence has Parkman lost sight of its ideals of patriotism for the stars and stripes have been unfurled as a standard for the present as well as the on coming generations.

 

 

Parkman Veterans Club
Established in 1946, as Parkman Veterans returned home from WWII, this club was a gathering place
to allow fellow members to recoup from the enduring the stress of such an experience. This club later was evolved into the Middlefield VFW Post 9768, that still exists to date.

Most of the founding members were very active within the Parkman community.
Thanks to all of Parkman’s Veterans
for their service to country and community!

 

 

Parkman Veteran Memorial Day Honorees

Each year since 2001, the Parkman Trustees choose a Parkman Veteran that is in Overlook Cemetery to honor.
The stories of these Parkman Veteran Honorees are still developing -
Please feel welcomed to help us update the Honoree list to salute all of our Parkman Veterans
Send any info about the Parkman Veteran Honorees, photos and stories to ParkmanOhio@gmail.com

Thanks to all our veterans who have honorably served!

2001 - John R. Ferry
2002 - Robert F. Barnett
2003 - Glenn A. Thompson
2004 - Richard Stanchak (Stanley)
2005 - Richard Giles
2006 - Richard O. Pollari
2007 - Stanley Smith
2008 - Dennis Testa
2009 - Gotham Brothers: John, Carlisle ”Kelly”, Glen, Neil, Leland
2010 - Albert Wilson
2011 - Harold Blackford
2012 - Carl B. Wilson
2013 - Carl ‘Ed’ Wilson
2014 - Bill Snyder
2015 - Richard ‘Dutch’ Komandt
2016 - Wayne Komandt
2017 - Steve G. Soltis
2018 - Leonard Hickox
2019 - Oliver ‘Big O’ Graves Jr
2020 - Jeannette Elizabeth Smit Loomis
2021 - Ralph C Butt
2022 - Forrest Rollin Bidlack, WWII
2022 - Elwood (Elly ) Leonard Evans, WWII
2022 - Glenwood Harold Ferry, WWII
2022 - John E. Larmi, WWII
2022 - Herbert Bruce Olmstead, WWII
2022 - James (Joe) Soltis, Korean War
 

 

- Continued -
IN MEMORY OF THE PIONEERS OF PARKMAN
OUR FIGHTING MEN
ALL CITIZENS OF PARKMAN
IN THE FIRST CENTURY AND A HALF

Below are a couple more excerpts about early Parkman Veterans from this 1976 rendition
that was written by: Dawn Hall, Arlene Gotham , Madelaine Dietz
The whole complete story is now digitally archived and on the Parkman Historical Society page!

Soon after the soldiers returned from World War I, they organized the Clifford Thompson Post of American Legion with a membership of 23. Some of those most interested were: James Farley, Pearl Brown, Walter Mintern, Aulden Hazlett, Charles and Carl Haight, Oscar Irwin, Guy Agler, Ernest Hillock, and Howard Fram. The Legion was named after Clifford Thompson, son of our minister, who was Parkman's only casualty of World War I. Ray Johnson, Walter Minter, Guy Agler, and Os-car Irwin are the only members still living. Oscar Irwin is the only one living in Parkman. The Legion planned to build a place for their meetings. At the same time the Mothers Club was looking for a building or a place to build. It so happened that the Old Creamery building, then owned by John Ohl, was available. So with the help of several people, with both labor and money, the Legion and Moth-ers Club bought the building. Many dinners and dances and receptions have been held at the hall.

Another family who have lived there since 1931, is the Stanleys. They had a large family. Their old home has been removed and Marion and Leonard Hickox built a home nearby, Lillian Miller owns a home on Owen's Road. John built a fine house on Nash Road, Sister Elaine is a nurse and lives in Pakistan. One brother, Richard, was killed in Germany, February 3, 1945. Two sisters, Marcella and Elizabeth, died of disease. Their parents were very hard working people. John is a trustee and I am sure a very good one. He married a pretty lady, Jean. They have two daughters: Jane and Jeanette; and one son.

The following names are taken from a list of soldiers in the Revolutionary War from Kent State University:
Joel Cross, Cpl. New York Militia        Samuel Donaldson, Pvt. Connecticut Militia
Asa Doty, Massachusetts Artillery         Benjamin Smith, Ensign Connecticut Militia

Besides the soldiers of the Revolutionary War, we should also mention:
Zechariah Hosmer                                   Seth Phelps (father-in-law of Parkman founder)
Reuben Curtiss                                        Johas Carter
Elisha Bundy Private Woods, Massachusetts Militia
William French Sgt. Brewers, Massachusetts Regiment

During the Civil War 79 answered the call, and 24 in the War of 1812. In World War 1 - 22 was the quota, and only Clifford Thompson, son of Rev. Thompson, failed to return. He was a very fine young man and had high inspirations. In World War II, 120 were on the honor - roll, of that number 8 men did not return: Gerald Owen, son of Mrs. Grace Thorpe and Cecil Owen (deceased), was the first casualty in Panama City, Florida, in 1943. John , Quinn, son of Jim and Joe Quinn (they were very wonderful people--now deceased), was killed in action in France in December 1944.

Richard Pollari died in Germany in 1945. The Pollari’s were a very admirable family, two daughters became nurses, Kaarlo became a teacher, and Edward a businessman. Dick Stanley died in Germany in 1945. He was from an outstanding family living on State Road.

Joseph Turocy died in a Veteran's Hospital some time later. Turocy’s lived on a farm once owned by Mr. War Ohl, and now owned by Rollin Stoll. Forrest Smith, son of Howard and Allice who bought the O. C. Smith farm, died in eastern France, December 13, 1944. Michael Tackacs was killed in action. He was the son of George Tackacs, who lives on one of the pioneer Moore's property. John Ferry, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Ferry, was captured after the fall of Corregidor and remained a Japanese prisoner until September 1944 when the prison ship was sunk. That was very sad for all people in Parkman. Mr. Lee Ferry is now deceased.

 

 

 

Parkman Veterans within our Cemeteries

Parkman Veterans
who served during the
Revolutionary War
(1775–1783)

Lower Cemetery

CROSS Joel
CURTIS Reuben
DONALDSON Samuel
DOTY Ezra
HOSMER Zechariah
PHELPS Seth
SMITH Benjamin
BUNDY Elisha
FRENCH William

Parkman Veterans
who served during the
War of 1812
(1812–1815)

Lower Cemetery

BENNETT Harden
BROWN Thomas
DAY John
DONALDSON James
DONALDSON Samuel S.
DUNN Alexander
FARRINGTON Edward
FORD Elijah, Col.
HICKOX Ira A.
HOPKINS William A.
HOWLAND Silas H.
JOLLY William
MCCALL Larry
MCCLINTOCK Martin
MEAD I. (Isaac)
MOORE Nathaniel
NORTON Henry
PARKER John
PARKMAN Robert B.
SMITH Ransom
WATERMAN Ira
WEBSTER Ira
WILLIAMS Russell
YOUNG Walter G.
YOUNG Wm. B.

 

Overlook Cemetery

Baldwin, Augustine R.
Owen, Samuel
Taylor, David

Parkman Veterans
who served during the
American Civil War

(1861–1865)

Lower Cemetery

BALLARD Marshall L.
BROWN Reuben
CROFFORD S.H.
FREEMAN M.W.
HAIGHT Theron
HERENDEN F.L. (T.L.?)
HOSMER Alonzo
HOSMER John B.
MCCLINTOCK C.W.
NEWCOMB Selah W.
NEWMAN Jerome W.
PAYNE Shelden
WILLIAMS Christopher M
.
 

Overlook Cemetery

AGLER Jeremiah
AKINS Perry
BAIRD Edwin P.
BOLD R.H. (Robert)
BRADEN G.W. (George)
BROWNING John B.
CHAMPLIN William E.
CHAMPLIN E. (Ebbin)
COOK Frederick T. Father
CROMWELL William H. Sr.
DONALDSON A.S. (Arthur S.)
DURFEE J.G.
EVANS Daniel P.
FALES Francis (Frank) F.
FARRINGTON Floyd
FLINT Adolphus, MD
FRAM Will M.
FREEMAN Edward L.
HARRINGTON Henry H.
HATHAWAY James E.
HAVENS L.H. (Levi)
HEWITT John
HOPKINS E.B. (Ezra) Husband
HOPKINS Fred
HOSMER Chester A.
HOSMER Perry J.
IRWIN Samuel
JONES Arthur A.
LINSLEY James F.
MCELWAIN E.W.
MINING John J.
MOORE Edwin T.
MORTON G. Henry
MORTON Charles
MORTON Oran
PERCIVAL E.J. Son (Elijah)
SHERWIN J. Allen, Jr.
SMITH Marsh, Sr.
SMITH Norman Decatur
SUMMERS Stephen G.
THORP John
TRAVIS Dudley R.
WATERS Rollin A.

 

Parkman Veterans
who served during the
Spanish–American War

(1898)

GRIFFITH Thomas
KELLY John A.
MOORE John L.












 

Below are more US campaigns that our Parkman Veterans have participated in - the list is in progress and evolving.
Please feel welcomed to help us update the list to salute all of our Parkman Veterans
Send any Parkman Veteran names, photos and stories to ParkmanOhio@gmail.com

Thanks to all our veterans who have honorably served!

Parkman Veterans
who served during the
World War I

(1917–1918)

Overlook Cemetery

COLEGROVE Everett L.
DEWEES George W.
EDMONSON Ronald P.
FARLEY James Coleman
FASULO Domenico Antonio
FRAM W. Howard (William)
GRIFFITHS James E.
HALABURDA Russell
HAYES Robert E.
HEELEY Dr. John A.
HILLOCK John Ernest
IRWIN Oscar H.
JOHNSON Roy W.
LOCKE LeRoy N.
MALEC Joseph Father
MARVIN Mark H.
MCMAHON Merle D.
MINTERN Clara
MINTERN Walter William
MORTON William Lloyd
NORTON Ellis P. (Philander)
O'CONNOR Charles W.
OWRY Glenn E.
PEALER Francis W.
POLOMSKY Joseph W.
PULLMAN Louis F.
SLUZIENSKI Walter
SPANGLER William H.
VESEY Glenn A.
VILD James

 

Parkman Veterans
who served during the
World War II

(1941–1945)

Overlook Cemetery

AGLER Donald M.
ANDERSON William H.
BACON Venn
BALAK Victor Joseph
BALAK Andrew G.
BAPTIE Kenneth John
BARNA Joseph
BARNETT Robert F.
BENYO Frank M.
BIDLACK Forrest Rollin
BLACKFORD Harold L.
BOND Angus
BRILLA Joseph
BROWN James Kenneth
BROWN Allan W., Sr.
BUTT Ralph C.
BYTNAR John L.
CHILKOWSKI Paul H. Father
CLARK Carl A.
DEMCHAK Stephen M. (Michael)
DIETRICH Maurice T.
DIONNE Raymond A.
DOMORACKI John C.
DOYLE Charles E.
DRAGEN Stephen J.
DURALIA Richard C.
DURHAM Robert Woodrow
EIBEN Theodore J.
EVANS Elwood L.
EVANS Wilbert Ray
EVANS Ruth A.
EVERETT James E.
FARLEY Jean N. (memorial only)
FARLEY Perl Howard
FARLEY Hilton A.
FASULO Pasquale J.
FENTON Richard E.
FERRY John R.
FERRY Glenwood H.
FERRY James L.
FURDA Michael J.
GASPAR Frank F.
GILES Richard W.
GOTHAM Glen E
GOTHAM John Edwin
GOTHAM Carlisle C.

GOUGH Edward James
GRAY Marjorie S.
GRAY Thomas J.
GRIWATCH Ralph H.
HAUXHURST Paul M.
HAVICE Robert H.
HERBERT Joseph
HOPKINS Orace G. (reserved)
HORWATH Mathias W.
HOSMER Perry C.
HURD Ralph Jr.
JACKSON William G., Sr.
KARASEK Richard
KEAN James Oliver
KILBY Carl R.
KILBY Henry Charles
KILVANICK William R.
KINSON Robert
KLIMA Joseph F.
KOLMORGEN Herbert C.
KOMANDT Richard L.
KORPOWSKI Andrew J. Husband
KOSCELNIK William E.
KOVACH Joseph
KRYZWDA John
KUBACKI Edmund
LARMI John E.
LOCKE Hugh J.
LOOMIS Jeannette
MAHON John J.
MCDIVITT Harold E.
MCDIVITT Robert G.
MCKINNEY Andrew M.
MILLER Earl L.
MINTERN Ernest D.
MISHKO Harry
MORRIS Richard Duane
MURRAY John E.
NAGY Louis G.
NAGY Elek S. "Duffy"
NATALI Duilio J.
NEWSOME Richard J. Sr.
OLMSTEAD Bernard G.
OLMSTEAD Herbert Bruce
OMALLEY Edward J.
OWEN Gerald George, Lt.
PETERSON Onnie R.
PITCHER Clifford A.
PITNER Myron H. (Henry)
PODBOY Alvin M., Sr. Father
POLLARI Richard O.
PRIOR Alfred W.
QUINN John O. (reserved)
RALL Robert H.
REYNOLDS Walter K. "Jack"
ROBINSON Milan D.
ROSEN Henry H.
ROWLEY John William
ROWLEY Russell K.
RUSSELL Myron
SAGER Clarence V.
SCHIKOWSKI Frank J., Jr.
SHAFFER Elmer R.
SHALE Forrest Glenn
SLADKEY Jacob J., II
SMITH Forrest E.
SMITH Stanley
SMITH Russell
SMITH Leon L.
SNYDER William C.
SPANGLER Albert Eugene Son
SPECK Orville
STEINIGER Erick W.
TAKACS George E., Jr.
TAYLOR Norman R.
TESTA Concegio
THOMPSON Glenn A.
THRASHER Jacob L.
THRASHER Gerald R.
TOWNE Glen M.
TRENDLE Norman E.
TUCKER Bertram S.
TUCKER Elnora
TURON John Paul
URPI Donald
URPI Wilho J. "Zeke"
VARGO Clarence L., Sr. Husband
WHETSTONE John Henry
WILLIAMS James R.
WILSON Albert

 

Parkman Veterans
who served during the
Korean War

(1950–1953)

Overlook Cemetery

BICAN Chester A.
BRADLEY Robert L.
BREZO John A.
COVER Herbert L.
CSOMA Andrew
DOBIES Henry
GRAVES Oliver M. Jr.
HICKOX Leonard J.
KIMPTON Myron A.
MISHLER Russell G.
NEZBETH William L. Sr.
PATRY Paul F.
PAVLOFF John P.
PAYNE Ralph Lawrence
PETTERGELL Alfred R.
PORTER Charles
SIRACKI Paul
SOLTIS James
SOLTIS Steve G.
WEAVER Ervin E.
ZEIGLER Phillip Charles

 

 

Parkman Veterans
who served during the
Vietnam War

(1955–1975)

Overlook Cemetery

ABELA Michael F., Jr.
CLARK Robert Lynn
EVANS John E.
GRAVES Oliver M. Jr.
HALL Joe Gordon
HAYES Leslie H.
KOLMORGEN Jonathan
KOMANDT Paul Wayne
LIPSCOMB Michael E.
MAIDEN Jack L.
MAINS Richard Lee
MARSHALL Leslie B., Jr.
MAZZONE Raymond J., Jr.
MCKINNON Albert F.
MINNICK Darrell
MOATS George J.
OHL Richard
PELMONTER Richard B.
PERUSEK Ronald J.
RUTTER Robert Alan
SIMMS Harvey Lee
SIRACKI Michael Lee
STANISLAW Benjamin A., Jr.
TESTA Dennis A.

 

 

Parkman Veterans
who served during the
Gulf War

(1990–1991)
Parkman Veterans
who served during the
War in Afghanistan
(2001–2021) 
 
Parkman Veterans
who served during the
Iraq War

(2003–2011)
Parkman Veterans
who served during
Peacetime

ARMSTRONG Harold C. (Cameron)
BUNDY Marguerite
BURGESS Gerald William
GRAVES Oliver M. Jr.
HUBBARD Forrest H.
KASPER William R. "Bill"
KOMANDT Albert Dale
MAZZONE Raymond J. Sr.
POLLARD William W.
SHROCK Ray R., Jr.
SOLTIS Ann Marie
TAYLOR Lawrence L.
THORN Richard Lee
VILLERS Donald E.