Veterans Memorial

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In November 2013, a Veteran’s Memorial was dedicated at the Kent Central Gateway. Originally designed by artist George Danhires, a former marine, the piece consists of three bronze panels with figures representing members of the military. The memorial also features bricks that are available to be purchased in honor of veterans past or present at the base of the statue.

If you are interested in purchasing a brick for yourself or for a loved one the cost is $50. A personalized brick to keep for yourself is an additional $12. All proceeds will pay for the ongoing maintenance of the Memorial.

Brick Type Cost
Veterans Memorial Brick $50
Personalized Brick to Keep $12

Download and complete the attached form (BRICK ORDER FORM) and return to PARTA at 2000 Summit Road, Kent, OH 44240 or fax 330-676-6310. Please contact PARTA at 330-678-7745 or email with any questions.

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What’s your story? If you purchased a brick for yourself or a loved one we want to hear about your/their military service. Tell us what serving your country meant to you or the sacrifice your loved one made for this country.

Veteran Stories…

Ronald Taylor

I joined the service in 1971 at the age of 19. The Vietnam war was raging and there was much unrest in our country. I wanted to do something, do my share, for this troubled country that I loved. I joined the United States Army and became a soldier. During my 6 years of service, I became part of a brotherhood of men like no other! A bound so strong that it can never be broken and that will last forever! Our motto, “This will defend”! PROUDLY SERVED!

James Myers US Army 1955-1957

Pharmacists proud to serve in medical detachment with the 4th Armored Divison, just after the Korean War.  I was lucky to stay in college and drafted after graduation.

James M. Feezel, Navy Veteran, WW1, 1898-1971

He enlisted in 1918 and achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer serving on board the USS Nevada. The USS Nevada was the first battleship in the US Navy to use “all or nothing” armor – a new concept that was then adopted for all subsequent battleships. The tall “birdcage masts” were installed to provide a high position from which to observe the shell splashes from the fall of shot. Mounted on these masts were searchlight platforms, and “range clocks” to help other ships in the battle line with their gunnery. The aft “crows nest” (as these were called) was Jim Feezel’s battle station. I do not recall him talking about the war or any of his exploits and all I have are his honorable discharge papers and a few postcards he sent my Mom (not married then). He survived the war but died unexpectedly at nearly 73.

Joseph T. Jewell III 1944-2018

Joe joined the Marines in 1962 as a reservist, going to Officer Candidates School in 1968. Then he was stationed at Danang Airbase in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. While in Vietnam he converted to full time from reserve. Stationed in Okinawa at the time of the fall of Saigon he participated in that 1975 withdrawal. He was a Captain at Camp Pendleton until his honorable discharge in 1980. Completing a law school degree, he had a real estate practice in Vista CA until retirement. Having beaten throat cancer years ago, he got sick recently and succumbed to pneumonia & infections in April 2018. His service in Nam may have contributed to health problems from Agent Orange. Joe is survived by his wife Ellen and daughter Victoria.

James Martin Feezel, Army WWII

Jim Feezel was a Sherman tank driver in Headquarters Company, 23rd Tank Battalion, 12th Armored Division, U.S. 7th Army. His unit saw heavy fighting in northern France in the Alsace region. The unit was secretly taken into General George Patton’s 3rd Army for a time to force a crossing on the Rhine River. Feezel and his tank crew were briefly held as prisoners of war by a German SS officer after their tank was disabled by a Panzerfaust, a kind of anti-tank weapon. The crew was held overnight in a small schoolhouse but found their captors had run away during the night. His faith in God was a sustaining factor throughout the war, and Feezel said he frequently felt God had an eye on him. He remembers the day a German sniper drew a bead on him. His tank column stopped and a sniper was hidden in the woods on his left. As the sniper fired, Feezel leaned forward, a move that saved his life. “I leaned forward to throw my weight into the gear shift and the bullet went behind my head.” Feezel said the stress of the close call turned some of his hair gray.

Gordon A. Roseberry

He was drafted in 1942 and trained in Kansas. Sent to New Guinea as the 1st assignment, then when the Philippines were being taken back, Gordon went to Lingayen Gulf area down the big island thru Manila. Finally, he was sent to Japan with the occupational troops at an Army base at Koga. He was a Corporal in 760th Field Artillery Battalion and released to return home around Jan. 1946.

Todd M. Gentry

Todd is in Norfolk, VA Area, retired Lt. Col., with experience in positions with USSOCOM, Joint Special Operations Command, Assistant Professor of Ripon College, and Detachment Commander in Germany. Having lived and worked in several states, with deployment in several countries, Todd continues to serve the USA military as certified PMP-Level III in Program Management. His service honors include Legion of Merit (LOM) Military Award, Superior Achievement Award, and Bronze Star Military Award.

Ray Cummings

Ray attended The University of Akron as an AF ROTC student. After graduation in 1967 he completed UPT at Vance AFB in Enid, OK and served as a pilot in the United States Air Force, 1967-1974. Ray flew a C-123 in Vietnam and was awarded the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross. He flew a KC-135 at Rickenbacker AFB in OH. He would down play his commitment, saying he “hauled trash and passed gas”, but he transported Army troops and supplies in V-N and landed on some small air strips. He refueled B-52s and F-111s when he returned to V-N a second time, a flight scheduler when he returned a third time, and finally went back again to assist with evacuation when the United States was leaving. He died August 26, 2015.


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