By Kristin Rover
Clermont County Veterans’ Service Commissioner Bob Derr joined a group of accomplished veterans in the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame Nov. 7.
The hall of fame recognizes veterans who have honorably served their country through military service and who have continued to serve and inspire with their deeds and accomplishments throughout their lifetime.
Derr said receiving the award was one of his happiest moments falling in behind marrying his wife and the birth of his children.
“It’s an honor very few people fall into,” Derr said about receiving the award.
Derr was one of 15 individuals inducted into the hall of fame class of 2013 during a ceremony at the Franklin County Veterans Memorial in Columbus Nov. 7.
“You feel very humbled,” Derr said about attending the ceremony and receiving the honor.
Derr said he felt small sitting among the other hall of fame inductees but he enjoyed getting to speak with the governor and state representatives.
According to the hall of fame, Derr enlisted in the United States Marine Corps when he was 17 years old. Following his military service he returned home and established a business that he operated for 36 years.
Throughout his life, Derr has also been dedicated to giving back to the community.
Derr was a three-term commander for AMVets Post 131, the American Legion Amelia Post 773 and is a life member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 63.
Derr served on the Fallen Heroes of Clermont County Memorial Committee to create a memorial in the county for 14 servicemen who have died during conflicts or wars since Desert Storm. The memorial was unveiled Nov. 10.
In addition, Derr was involved as a volunteer with the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, Clermont County Neediest Kids charity, he was a volunteer firefighter, and more.
Derr was previously recognized by the Clermont County Chamber of Commerce during the Salute to Leaders program for his service to veterans and the community.
Derr said he just enjoys helping veterans in the community.
“You just try to get the word out that everyday is Veterans Day,” Derr said. “I just want to help in every way I can.”
For more information about the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, visit http://dvs.ohio.gov/veterans_hall_of_fame.aspx.