Crawford County Veterans Hall of Fame

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2010 Inductees

Donald D. Diossi

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Donald D. Diossi
Korea Donald D. Diosi was born in Harrison County Ohio on November 23, 1932. Growing up in Flushing, Ohio, Diosi graduated from Flushing High School in 1950, and went on to enlist in the U.S. Navy. After the completion of basic training and various other military programs, he was given the position of Radioman aboard the USS Bristol (DD857) where he served the fall of 1951 on the Bombline and Wonsan Harbor in Korea. In 1952, while on board the Bristol, Diosi traveled toward the Suez Canal, into the Mediterranean Sea and across North Atlantic to Newport, qualifying the ship for a ?Round the World Cruise.? Diosi was honorably discharged from the Navy on June 21, 1957. At the conclusion of his service, Diosi went on to attend Griswold Institute in Cleveland as well as John Carroll University, where he earned his undergraduate degree. In 1965, after years of working for Reliance Electric, RCA and The Magnavox Corporation, Diosi finally settled down in Galion with his family, where he became extremely active in the community. Not only did he serve in the American Legion and VFW, he was instrumental in the construction of the Veterans Memorial in Heise Park and the Flag Plaza at the City Municipal Building. Appointed by Judge Nelfred Kimerline in 2001, he currently serves Crawford County in the role of Veterans Service Commissioner. As a result of his service over the years, Diosi has won several awards including The Korean Service Ribbon with two stars, United Nations Ribbon, China Service Ribbon, European Occupation Ribbon, Good Conduct Ribbon and The South Korean Presidential Citation. As a result, he holds life memberships in the American Legion, Post 243, VFW, Post 4329, Army-Navy Garrison, AMVETS Post 1979 as well as memberships in the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 51 in Richland County. Along with his military service, Doisi served the community in Galion as the Safety/Service Director first acting City Manager under the new charter, where he retired in 1995, and served as the first full-time Village Administrator in Oak Harbor. After Diosi retired, he went on to serve as the Third War Councilman until 2008. Diosi has been married to his wife, Ruth, for 57 years and has two grown children Don Jr. and Carmen Lynn. They are members of Galion Community Christian Church.
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