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2 northwest Ohioans are chosen for state Veterans Hall of Fame

COLUMBUS - Two northwest Ohio residents and 18 others from around the state have been selected as members of the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame's class of 2001.

Those to be inducted Nov. 8 at Veterans Memorial in Columbus by Gov. Bob Taft are:

  • Dr. Lance A. Talmage, 63, a physician and a retired Army brigadier general who was deputy commander of Kenner Army Hospital at Fort Lee, Va., during Operations Desert Shield and Storm and who was a flight surgeon with the 24th Infantry Division in Germany in the late 1960s. He has served in the Army, the Army Reserve, and the Ohio Army National Guard

    Dr. Talmage, of Ottawa Hills, is medical director of the Center for Women's Health at Toledo and Flower hospitals. He is a former president of the Ohio State Medical Association and of the Academy of Medicine of Toledo and Lucas County. He is a member of the Reserve Officers Association.

  • Merle F. Brady, 82, president of the Van Wert County veterans service commission and a retired Realtor, auctioneer, and appraiser. A stateside Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, he is a past state president of the Ohio State Association of Veterans Service Commissioners. He is a past state commander of the American Legion and a national committeeman.

    Mr. Brady, of Van Wert, is a former president of Van Wert County Associated Charities, Inc., the downtown business association, and the county real estate board. He is a former chairman of Van Wert National Bank.

    The veterans hall of fame, established in 1992, has 541 members, director Shannon Scherer said. A committee of veterans each year chooses 20 inductees from more than 100 nominations.

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