Local 55 40-year member, David L. Kolbe was inducted into The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame in November. He joins 19 other Ohioans enshrined this year.
KNOX COUNTY MAN AMONG OHIO VETERANS HALL OF FAME NOMINEES
Morrow County Sentinel, October 21, 2015
The Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame was established in 1992 to recognize the post-military achievements of veterans in community service after their military service ended. Charter members of the Hall’s Class of 1993 included the six Ohio military veterans who were elected President of the United States and all Medal of Honor recipients from Ohio. Honorees of the past 22 years include astronauts, government officials, police officers, community leaders, and veterans’ advocates.
David L. Kolbe, 65, of Howard, Knox County served in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. Dave trained to be a fire fighter and joined the Damascus Township Volunteer Fire Department. At age 33, Dave was elected as Damascus Township Trustee. He resigned his position as a volunteer fire fighter but he continued to support the Fire Department in other ways. In 1988, he was elected as Henry County Commissioner. Dave worked with a non-profit to build the Henry County Veterans Memorial. He partnered with Bowling Green State University to develop an internship program to offer students the opportunity to gain experience in public service. In 1989, Dave served as commissioner to the American Legion Buckeye Boy State and taught classes on county government to boys attending. Dave has said on more than one occasion, “If you want to help a vet, help them get a job.” He works closely with Helmets to Hardhats, a non-profit organization that helps military servicemembers transition back into civilian life by connecting them with career opportunities in the construction industry. Dave works nationally as the political and legislative director for the International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers. He is a 40 year member of Iron Workers Local 55 in Toledo.
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