OHIO MILITARY HALL OF FAME 2 area men inducted for bravery in combat
Both men served in the Army, one in Vietnam and one during WWII.
COLUMBUS -- Two men with local roots are being inducted next month into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame.
U.S. Army Capt. Amos Randall Sr., a Youngstown native, and 1st Sgt. George P. Terhanko of Austintown, will be inducted in a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. May 6 at Ohio Veterans Plaza, on the east side of the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.
Randall received the Distinguished Flying Cross citation for heroism for voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty.
According to the hall of fame's Web site, on March 19, 1969, in Vietnam, Randall distinguished himself while serving as an aerial observer in Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 321st Artillery, in the A Shau Valley, Republic of Vietnam.
He observed 10 people walking west crossing a stream bed, and after confirming that there were no friendly troops in the area, proceeded to call in and adjust artillery fire against the enemy position.
During one pass, he was wounded by hostile ground fire, but continued to adjust accurate artillery fire, resulting in the destruction of an ammunition storage point and the death of six enemy soldiers.
Another low level pass was made and he marked the target with smoke. Randall's bravery and devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the U.S. Army, the Web site says.
Randall was a graduate of The Rayen School, where he played football and was a member of the track team.
Terhanko, who served in the 331st Infantry in the Army during World War II, received the Silver Star citation.
The citation was for gallantry in action and disregard for personal safety displayed Dec. 10, 1944, in Germany.
While approaching a small town, Terhanko's unit came under artillery and enemy tank fire which caused the unit to become disorganized. Recognizing that the unit was short of officers and needed leadership, and acting with complete disregard for his own safety, Terhanko took command of a group of soldiers and rallied them to attack the town, the citation said.
His immediate actions were responsible for the capture of a portion of the town allowing the unit to continue its mission. His actions reflect the highest credit upon himself, his unit and the armed forces of the United States, the citation continued.
Terhanko, 92, was nominated for induction by his son, Rick, after the younger Terhanko read a Vindicator article about another man's induction.
"It's an honor to be selected," said Terhanko, who was 30 at the time of his service.