The late U.S. Army Cpl. Harold L. Turner, who entered the service more than 90 years ago in Seminole, is among 13 Oklahomans who will be inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame on Veterans Day.


The late U.S. Army Cpl. Harold L. Turner, who entered the service more than 90 years ago in Seminole, is among 13 Oklahomans who will be inducted into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame on Veterans Day.
The ninth annual induction ceremony will take place 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Gaylord Center at Oklahoma Christian University in Edmond. Retired U.S. Army General Tommy Franks, who has a ranch in Oklahoma, will be the featured speaker and is one of the inductees.
Turner’s induction is based on his actions on Oct. 8, 1918, near St. Etienne, France. While serving with Company F of the 36th Infantry Division, 142nd Infantry, Turner led a patched together platoon in capturing an German machine gun position.
The event will include a reception, followed by a dinner and ceremony. Past inductees include Admiral William J. Crowe, former chairman of the joints chief of staff; former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Henry Bellmon, a Marine hero of Iwo Jima; Ret. Gen. Dennis J. Reimer, former Army chief of staff; Gen. Clarence Tinker; cartoonist Bill Mauldin and former astronaut Thomas J. Stafford.
This year’s inductees include seven who are deceased. Nine of the inductees served in the Army, three in the Air Force and one in the Marine Corps.
Turner was one of three inductees who were awarded the Medal of Honor for action in France during World War I. Turner rushed forward with fixed bayonet and charged an enemy position strong point, capturing 50 Germans and one machine gun.
The other Medal of Honor inductees, also from the Army, are Cpl. Samuel L. Sampler; and Col. Jack L. Treadwell, who are also deceased.
Sampler, who entered the Army at Altus, was honored for advancing on a machine gun nest in France in World War I, while throwing captured German hand grenades. He killed two, captured 28 Germans and silenced the enemy machine gun.
Treadwell, a company commanding officer, single-handedly captured six pill boxes and 18 prisoners, driving a wedge in the enemy line and setting the stage for an Army battalion to take its objective in World War II.
Franks, a Wynnewood native, became commander in chief of the U.S. Central Command. He led American and coalition troops in historic campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq. He grew up in Midland, Tex., and now divides his time between his home in Tampa, Fla., and his ranch in Roosevelt, Okla.
He received four Bronze Star Medals and three Purple Hearts in Vietnam and also has been awarded five Distinguished Service Medals, four Legions of Merit and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Queen Elizabeth II appointed Franks as a Knight Commander of the Order of the Empire.
Other 2008 inductees are:
— Army Col. Robert Abraham, who died in 2004 in Bethany. Abraham fought in World War II as company commander and made his first combat jump into Normandy, France, on D-Day. His decorations include the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals and the Purple Heart.
— Army Sgt. Paul J. Andert, who lived in Tulsa for many years. He joined the U.S. Army in May 1940, at age 17. He landed in North Africa, in 1942 with the 41st Armored Infantry, Second Armored Division. He fought on the island of Sicily and landed D-Day, on Omaha Beach, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. His awards include the Silver Star, three Bronze Star Medals, two Purple Hearts, and the Combat Infantry Badge.
— Air Force Lt. Col. Karl K. Dittmer, who was born in El Reno. He was a 27-year military veteran who served in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. He flew 52 combat missions in Europe, 136 in Korea, and was an instructor pilot in Vietnam. His awards include three Distinguished Flying Crosses, Bronze Star and 20 Air Medals.
— Marine Corps Sgt. V.D. Mitchell, who was born in Madill and served in the Marine infantry in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. During his service he was awarded three Purple Hearts. He retired with 20 years service in 1964, and in 1967, was called back to active duty for Vietnam.
— Army Sgt. Elmer J. Morris, who was born at Loco and participated in the Normandy invasion and the Battle of the Bulge. He was captured after the building he was firing from took a direct hit from a German tank. Because he did not receive medical aid for eight days, he eventually lost both legs, one arm, an eye and a finger. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and two Purple Hearts.
— Maj. Gen. Stanley F. H. Newman, a pilot who flew 57 missions in World War II. After the war, he joined the Oklahoma Air National Guard. His career includes service in Korea and Vietnam. His awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, Meritorious Service Medal and 14 Air Medals.
— Air Force Lt. Col. James C. Null, who flew missions in North Vietnam after being deployed to the Royal Thai Air Force. For his service in Vietnam he was awarded the Silver Star, four Distinguished Flying Crosses and twelve Air Medals.
— Army Sgt. Pascal Cletus Poolaw, a native of Mountain View, and a member of the Kiowa Tribe. He served in the Army infantry in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. He won four Silver Stars, five Bronze Star Medals and three Purple Hearts. He is the most decorated American Indian soldier in United States History. He was killed in action November 7, 1967, in Vietnam.
— Army Capt. Lester T. Snow, who was born in Seiling, and enlisted in the Oklahoma National Guard when he was a senior in high school. He fought in World War II in the Europe. He received a combat commission in 1944. His awards include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star Medal and Army Presidential Unit Citation.
— Phillip L. Driskill, former executive director of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, who will receive the Major General Douglas O. Dollar Distinguished Service Award. Driskill was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for heroic action during the first day of the Tet Offensive in 1971. He retired Aug. 1, 2008.