H.B. Deatherage is Founder & Executive Director of the Kentucky Veterans' Hall of Fame (KVHOF) and the Kentucky Veterans Hall of Fame Foundation, He has been at the helm of the foundation since the day in early 2010 when the idea was just a vision.
As a Vietnam Veteran, H.B. knows all about visions and missions. Many years after returning home from his service to our country, his mission was to build a veterans memorial in the city of Florence, KY. Deatherage, who grew up in Boone County and owns a Florence business, garnered the city's approval in 1995 to erect the monument on 44 city-owned acres on Ewing Boulevard, where a new city building was planned. Although the monument was to be located in Florence, this veteran pointed out that the memorial is for everyone who wants to pause and "pay homeage to the soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who were killed in the line of duty". The finishing touches to the monument were completed during the Memorial Day ceremony in May 2011 when the POW/MIA monument was dedicated to the Boone County Veterans Memorial site......H.B. now claims that the final portion of his "veteran's vision" will be the completion of the Kentucky Veterans' Hall of Fame.
Don Castle is on the Board of Directors and the general manager for the Holiday Inn in Florence, KY. During Don's career he has managed numerous hotels and is currently on the Board of Directors for the KY Hotel and Lodging Association.
Don is married to Susan, a very lovely lady, and they have five children and three grandchildren.
Don's father served in the US army, receiving an Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon and a Victory Medal. Don also has six uncles that served in the US Army.
Born in Ohio, Don has spent all his adult life in Kentucky, first in Louisville, then moving to Northern KY in 1997. Don has worked with HB Deatherage on several different occasions, including two different events involving the Vietnam Moving Wall. His service on these occasions has more than proved his total support and respect for our armed forces. Don is a motorcycle enthusiast and enjoys organizing as well as participating in military rides.
Don has a deep love of his country, his family and, most of all, God. He has a passion for helping others less fortunate than himself. He is very proud to be a part of the KVHOF... To quote Don "I know that if HB is involved in it, it is truly an unselfish act in recognition of his fellow man".
Jim Thurman is on the Board of Directors and was inducted into the KVHOF in 2016. KY State Commander with NABVETS.Member of American Legion Post #132 in Lexington, KY.Author, teacher and Lecturer.U.S. Army Combat Engineer (1966-1972).PHD Biblical Studies, EdD Education, Masters Biblical Studies and Masters Business.Co-chair VEAC.Kentucky's first Male Veteran of the Year (KY/IN Epilepsy Foundation 2014. Listed in Congressional Record in Washington as "Outstanding Kentuckian". Numerous civic and community awards.Member Rep. Andy Barrs Veteran Coalition Advisory Board 6th Congressional District.