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Have You Met an Ohio Vet?

We'd like to introduce you to our hometown heroes from Ohio. Send us your stories and we're share them with the world. We're proud of our veterans and their service allows us to live in freedom in the USA.

Reverand EMANUEL H. YEISLEY, b. 12 Nov 1840, d. 24 Aug 1931, was one of the survivors of the SULTANA, a steamboat that blew up in 1865 with over 200 Union soldiers aboard.

Corporal Yeisley was onboard, almost directly under the boiler in the explosion. Yeisley was thrown into the muddy Mississippi waters and managed to grab ahold of two boards to keep him afloat. These boards are what saved his life since he could not swim. He suffered burns from the boiler that stayed with him the rest of his life. The lining of his nose was scalded and he was also burned on his chest.

Yeisley served with Company G of the 76th Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry from Nov. 25, 1861 until May 22, 1865. He was appointed Corporal and was captured Oct. 27, 1864 near Little River, Alabama.

Here is an excerpt from his autobiography:

“I enlisted in Co. G 76 O.V.I. on or about 20th of Nov. 1861 in Jackson Town Licking Co. Ohio one mile from where I was born. I served my country as a Soldier 3 years & 7 months.

I was a Prisoner of War 6 months in Cahoba prison- Alabama; paroled March 1865; was on the Vesal Sultana that blu up Aprile 27 1865; was bad scalded; discharged at Camp Chase Ohio; went home; was married Oct. 1 1865; was converted in Feb 1866 at Suga Ridge United with the Church of God.

I preached for that body for about 15 years then united with the Church of Christ. Have had many bright times and many dark times, am going down toward the setting of the sun. Made many crooked steps but I trust in Christ my savior.”

2015 Licking County Veteran- Charles D. Cameron, Newark, Ohio
Our Recipient of the Folded American Flag

Charles D. Cameron
Chuck just passed away on November 1, 2015

CHUCK CAMERON . . . In His Own Words

I humbly accept this honor on behalf of all soldiers, especially those who did not come home or who were wounded while serving their country.

It was 1971 when I enlisted in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. After basic training I was stationed at Offutt AFB in Nebraska. Wanting to see for myself what was really going on in Vietnam, I volunteered to go. For two weeks I worked as a computer operator in Nam on day shift, before working the midnight shift as a perimeter security guard, carrying an M16 for the duration of my 6 month tour there. And yes, I got to see for myself a little of what was really going on there. It wasn’t good. We had to keep moving in the guard tower so we wouldn’t become a target. Bullets whizzed by at all hours. Lunch most nights consisted of cold Spam from a can.

I went to Thailand next and served for 6 months. It was so beautiful with lots of flowers everywhere; a welcome site after being in depressing Nam.

But nothing compared with returning to American soil. While it’s true that our military was not treated kindly by US citizens back then, it was thrilling to come home to this great country with its many freedoms. I, like many other servicemen, kissed the ground when I returned on US soil.

My next orders were to Newark Air Force Base for several years before finishing my 11 year service time at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.

While Agent Orange may have caused this cancer that is claiming my life at the age of 63, I would still gladly enlist all over again. I would still willingly defend our country, if I could. I pray that America will always be the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Again, I humbly thank you for selecting me as the 2015 Licking County Veteran. It was an honor and privilege to serve.

Charles D. Cameron
October, 2015




On July 19, 2013, World War II Airman and Ohio veteran Harold McMahon of Westlake was interviewed by Brian Albrecht of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  Read the full story of secret missions and dedication  here:



John Jones was born in Wales in 1844.  He emigrated to America in 1853 and married.  When the Civil War broke out, John enlisted in the 31st Ohio Voluntary Infantry and served for four years and wounded at Chickamauga.  He stated later that he had witnessed many hardships.

His brother, Evan Jones, was also a Union soldier from Ohio in the same regiment, but sadly died in Milledgeville, Georgia. He was only twenty-four years of age.  While Sherman's army was in place, John carried his wounded brother to the house of a rebel citizen. He asked if they would care for his brother, unable to be carried any further.  The farmer, W.A. Williams, and his wife agreed to take Evan in, even though they had recently been ransacked by the Yankee soldiers, who killed every chicken and hog, drove off every cow, stole every last one of their stored corn and potatoes, then, burned their out-buildings. 

Evan was prepared to die, but regretted leaving his wife and children for the war. Mr. Williams wrote to the Jones family on December 17, 1864 to let them know that they had done everything they could for Evan. Due to the fact that Milledgeville was mostly destroyed and no medical supplies were available, they did their best for him. 

They procured a place for Evan's burial near their house, within the vicinity of where Sherman's army buried some of their dead.

Submitted by Steve Martin of Ohio.




U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Jason Gibson is home.  He served two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Before the end of his last tour, Gibson was clearing a path in search of bombs, when one exploded beneath him, resulting in serious injuries. Sgt. Gibson lost both of his legs, enduring twenty surgical procedures and will be dependent upon a wheelchair.


Gibson is blessed with the loving support of his wife, Kara, family and friends. This summer of 2014, he has been given a great gift from his home town, along with the "Homes for Our Troops" program. Jason and his family will receive a custom-built home and the mortgage is paid. The house is designed and completely outfitted for accessibility and independence.


Donations from his community in Union County have poured in and volunteers continue to provide support. He is hoping to major in engineering at The Ohio State University. Our prayers are with the sergeant and his family. We thank him for his service to our country and to the State of Ohio.



Homes for Our Troops is a privately funded national non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization committed to helping those who have selflessly given to our country and have returned home with serious  injuries since September 11, 2001. Vision:  To ensure all of our severely injured Post 9-11 Veterans live in specially adapted homes to afford them the opportunity to rebuild their lives. Visit their website at: