Twenty-four Military Veterans compete at Greenville's 62nd Annual Ohio State Horseshoe Pitching Championship
GREENVILLE, OH – Twenty-four (24) United States Military Veterans competed at the recent Ohio State Horseshoe Pitching Tournament held on Labor Day weekend in Greenville, Ohio.
Stockdale, Ohio resident, Gary Roberts is the reigning President of the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association and was in Greenville earning a second place finish in the Mens Class A division.
“I still run into World War II Veterans that are pitching in our horseshoe tournaments,” Roberts said. “There is a gentleman from Kentucky that I ran into that is as spry as can be – amazing to see a World War II Veteran still pitching in our horseshoe tournaments.”
Roberts, a Vietnam Veteran was pleasantly surprised by the number of American Veterans traveling to Greenville, known as the Horseshoe Pitching Capitol of the world to compete in the Ohio State tournament.
“I thought there might be 10 or 12 of us here,” Roberts said. “We have some stories you wouldn’t believe in our membership here in Ohio.”
“It’s amazing,” Roberts stated as he looked over the large number of Veterans. “Some of the stories I knew but there are others that I didn’t know.”
“I am proud to be one of them,” Roberts concluded.
Ohio State Horseshoe Pitching Tournament Veterans:
Beyke, Ray (Greenville, OH) 1959-1961 US Navy
Black, Kenneth (Greenfield, OH) 1968-1972 US Navy
Brandenburg, Jim (Greenville, OH) 1964-1968 US Navy
Brown, John (Lancaster, OH 1951-1953 US Army, Korea
Burkitt, Paul (Hilliard, OH) 1953-1954 US Army, Korea
Byers, Michael (Ostrander, OH) 1968-1971 US Army
Crawford, Doug (Ada, OH) 1969-1971 US Army, Vietnam
Dugger, Roy (West Carrollton, OH) 1962-1965 US Army
Epps, Don (Bellefontaine, OH) 1971-1975 US Air Force
Faulkner, Dale (Bowersville, OH) 1969-1975 US Army, Germany
Kalal, Mike (Burton, OH) US Navy
Knerem, Rick (Freedom, OH) 1966-68 Veitnam
Molnar, Bob (Adamsville, OH) 1965-1971 US Army
Muter, Rick (Celina, OH) 1978-2003 Ohio National Guard
Paul, Marvin (Zanesville, OH) 1977-1981 US Air Force
Rife, Virgil (Napoleon, OH) 1963-1969 Ohio National Guard
Rimer, James 1969-1970 US Army, Vietnam
Roberts, Gary (Stockdale, OH) 1968-1971 US Army Vietnam
Roberts, Ryan (Stockdale, OH) Retired United States Air Force, 3 deployments to Iraq
Shelinbarger, Dale (Beavercreek, OH) 1988-2009 US Navy
Singer, Doug (Dayton, OH) 1983-1993 US Navy, Gulf War
Slaevin, Carl (Louisville, OH) 1959-1963 US Navy
Smith, Dan (Bowling Green, OH) 1966-1968 US Marine Corps, Vietnam
Uhrig, Rex (Circleville, OH) 1977-1983 US Marine Corps