The Oklahoma Military Heritage Foundation (OKMHF), sponsor of the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame, was founded in 1999 by Major General Douglas O. Dollar, USA (retired). OKMHF is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization having the purpose of honoring those Oklahomans, living or deceased, who serve or have served in the military with records of extraordinary service and/or sacrifice to our nation. The induction is held annually in celebration of Veterans Day.
The OKMHF Board is comprised of dedicated volunteers who work year-round to prepare for the annual induction banquet honoring the extraordinary and/or heroic actions of our servicemen and women who have an Oklahoma connection. Each year the Oklahoma Military Heritage Foundation reviews many nominations submitted from across the country and selects ten Oklahomans for induction into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame (OKMHF). The criteria for the rating system are threefold: (1) the military record of the individual, to include heroic and/or extraordinary leadership action, service or sacrifice, principal awards achieved; (2) civilian public service and/or patriotic service, to include civic work, service to veterans, projects influencing or motivating youth, helping the handicapped or disabled, community improvements, and leadership positions, etc; and (3) an established Oklahoma connection.
Since 1999 the OKMHF has recognized 200 local heroes and groups, of which 131 are officers, 61 enlisted, and 8 groups/units. Inductees from Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force are represented and include two NASA, one Frontiersman, and two Army Nurse Corps. Thirty-two are recipients of the Medal of Honor, and 14 are recipients of the Major General Douglas O. Dollar Distinguished Public Service Award. Units given recognition include the 10th US Cavalry Regiment "Buffalo Soldiers" (2002); the Oklahoma Military Academy in Claremore (2005); ROTC's centennial (2016); the Oklahoma National Guard (2017); and the USS Oklahoma BB-37 (2019). Several American Indian Tribes have been recognized as individual service members. Groups include 14 Comanche Code Talkers (2011); 23 Choctaw Code Talkers (2012); and 9 Pawnee Code Talkers (2015) for their service during World War I and World War II.
In 2012 the Oklahoma Military Heritage Foundation formed an important partnership with the Oklahoma History Center, which has graciously provided a base of operations for OKMHF. The military exhibit at the History Center features all inductees into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame displayed on an interactive electronic screen that tells each of their extraordinary stories. Recognition from government officials/dignitaries and the press is also permanently recorded and displayed for public perusal.
For more information about OKMHF, how to participate, nomination forms, donations/tributes, membership, event details, etc., go to our website at www.okmhf.org, or Facebook, or call 405-424-5313, or email us at email@example.com.
Our mailing address is: OKMHF, PO Box 30658, Edmond, OK 73003.