The annual Induction Ceremony of the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame will take place on Friday, October 15th, 2021, from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Talking Stick Resort Conference Center, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85256. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame is sponsored and administered by the Unified Arizona Veterans, Inc., Phoenix, Arizona, The Induction Ceremony recognizes and honors Arizona veterans who have honorably served their country and who continue to serve and inspire their fellow American citizens with civic deeds and accomplishments outside their military service, including Arizona Medal of Honor Recipients recognized for valor in action against enemy forces in wartime. The Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame is recognized by the Governor of Arizona and the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, and supported by the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame Society. This will be the 21st class of veterans inducted since the inception of the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame in 2001.

This year’s Induction Ceremony will recognize the Class of 2021:
Dennis Murray Bash, Navy veteran, Surprise
Carl Douglas Commenator, Air Force veteran, Green Valley
James Daniel Cullison, Air Force veteran, Scottsdale
Richard Gonzales Fimbres, Army veteran, Tucson
Joe Donald Frame, Navy veteran, Buckeye
Anne Elizabeth Gartner, Navy veteran, Tucson
Kenneth Dale King, Navy veteran, Phoenix
Martha Ann Kuhns, Army veteran, Phoenix
John James Macrone, Jr., Army veteran, Scottsdale
William Ronald Norwood, Air Force veteran, Mesa
Herschel Eugene Patterson, Air Force veteran, Yuma
Paul Andrew Smiley, Air Force veteran, Goodyear
Patrick Claude Stolze, Army veteran, Chandler
Christeen V. Verchot, Air Force veteran, Phoenix
Billy Lamar Ward, Army veteran, Mesa
Joseph Axle Wood, Army veteran, Sierra Vista


This year’s Induction Ceremony will recognize three members of the Class of 2020:
Harold E. Pittman, Navy veteran, formerly of Phoenix
William Christopher Spicer, Air Force veteran, Peoria, posthumous
Darlene Diane Tryon, Air Force veteran, Gilbert

Veterans, military, and the public are invited to the Induction Ceremony, which includes lunch. The lunch entrée will be Chicken. Special dietary needs such as requests for vegetarian meals are invited and welcome.

Registration Information: Registration information will soon be available at the Unified Arizona Veterans website: Family, friends, and other guests may register using a credit card on the website. Or, you can download/print the Registration Form, fill it out, and mail the Registration Form and your check or money order [$60 per guest through September 15th (Early Bird registration), and $70 from September 16th through September 30th, Standard registration] payable to “UAV” to: UAV, P.O. Box 34338, Phoenix, AZ 85067, Attn: Treasurer.

Registration via the U.S. mail must be postmarked by September 15th or September 30th respectively. Registration closes at midnight, September 30th. Only registered guests will be allowed to attend the Induction Ceremony. All lunches are pre-paid; lunches will not be sold at the Induction Ceremony event.

Veterans and the public who do not have access to the Registration form on the website, please contact Carol Culbertson, Secretary, email:, cell (602) 799-9480, to have the form mailed to you.

For general information about the Induction Ceremony and luncheon, please contact Carol Culbertson, Secretary, Unified Arizona Veterans, at email:, cell (602) 799-9480.

Points of Contact: Carol Culbertson, Secretary,, cell (602) 799-9480; Reggie Yates, Event Chair,, cell (602) 373-0703.