Hall of Fame


Dave Barker, AMVETS State Veterans Service Officer, will be inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame on Thursday, November 3, 2005.

Barker served in the United States Navy from 1958 to 1961 and in the Navy Reserve from 1961 to 1968. He graduated from Morris Harvey College in 1971 and attended Marshall University's Graduate School from 1971 to 1973.

From 1983 to 1998, Barker served as a Franklin County Veterans Service Officer. He currently serves as the AMVETS State Service Officer, dividing his time between VAMC Chillicothe's main campus and the Portsmouth Community Based Outpatient Clinic (Mondays).

Barker has been very active in veterans organizations, having helped organize seven different AMVETS Posts, two of which he served as Commander for a total of seven years. He has also been Commander at three different VFW Posts for a total of 5 years, and served 3 years as a Post Commander of the American Legion. He served as the VFW State POW/MIA Chairman from 1984 - 1987.

Barker has won numerous state and national awards for his work in support of our nation's veterans and has authored three books which are in the Library of Congress along with several articles concerning the effects of Agent Orange and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.


From left to right:
Doug Lay [Ohio Director of the DAV]
Nancy Withers [MSW Supervisor Chillicohte VAMC]
Dave Barker


This photo was given to my by the widow of the last four years Post Commander David Malone, who died in May of this year.
The photo shows the Ironton AMVETS members who drove over 100 miles to the ceremony.
They are left to right:
Tom Laber -USMC, Curtis Faulkner - Army, David Malone- Army, David Barker-Navy, Carroll Stamper-Army, Jerry Henson -USN (retired).

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This is the award winning Ironton AMVETS Post 5293 float in the 2007 Memorial Day Parade.
The Ironton Memorial Day Parade is the longest running parade in the nation. It began May 30, 1868 and has ran every year. The AMVETS have won top honors three years running.

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