By Kristin Rover
Former Clermont County Veterans’ Service Commission Executive Director Dan Bare was inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for valor May 3.
Bare served as executive director for the commission for five years, and previously served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War earning a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal for Valor.
“In this case, for me, it is recognition of doing my job like everybody else did,” Bare said about being inducted. “I didn’t ask for it, but I was honored to get it.”
Bare said he attended the induction ceremony May 3 at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. He said being at the ceremony brought back a lot of memories from his time serving.
“The induction itself made me think about all the men and women that did not come back,” Bare said. “In my particular case, the situation took place May 30, 1968. Two of my friends were killed.”
Bare was recognized for his actions in a May 30 operation with the United States Army, Company A, 4th Battalion, 12th Infantry, 199th Light Infantry Brigade.
The Ohio Military Hall of Fame explained that Bare was serving as combat infantryman on a company seize, search and destroy operation when his unit came under small arms and automatic weapons fire.
Bare advanced through enemy fire in order to assist his wounded comrade to safety, and despite being wounded himself, he continued his efforts until he moved the wounded soldier to a secure position.
According to the Ohio Military Hall of Fame, Bare’s actions and devotion to duty reflected the highest traditions of military service and reflect greatly on himself, the 199th Light Infantry Brigade, and the United States Army.
“I think I was very similar to any other soldier,” Bare said about his actions during the operation. “When you are in a crisis situation, you rise to the occasion. Your adrenaline is very high and of course you want to do everything you can to succeed in your mission, and that means also protecting your fellow soldiers.”
Clermont County Veterans Service Commision Executive Director Howard Daugherty said it’s wonderful that Bare has been inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame.
“It’s been a long time coming, it happened a long time ago,” he said. “It’s something to be very proud of.”
Bare said being inducted into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame was totally unexpected.
“Many other people were equally due such an award,” Bare said. “Especially those who didn’t make it.”
Bare said he accepted the award during the induction ceremony, and said he was proud to be inducted and receive the medal.
“I am proud because I believe it represents all those who didn’t come home,” Bare said.
Bare was inducted into the 2013 Class of the Ohio Military Hall of Fame.
The first class of veterans was inducted to the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor in July of 2000. For more information about the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor, visit www.ohioheroes.org.