AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – A local veteran is among the new group joining the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame.
Ken Jakubec, a lifelong resident of Austintown, is one of this year’s 20 inductees who were announced on Tuesday by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.
He served in the Marine Corps Air Wing from 1964 to 1968. He has been serving the community ever since, helping the March of Dimes and Toys for Tots.
Jakubec just received a Presidential Service Award for service to the White House while serving with the Marine One helicopter squadron, one that flies the president of the United States.
He served under President Lyndon B. Johnson.
“Once a Marine, always a Marine. When I went in I was skinny, underweight, and to end up where I was at, with the presidential helicopters, it was a great honor. To this day, we have a reunion every five years and I just love going to it. It’s something you never forget,” he said.
Jakubec will receive his recognition on Monday in a small ceremony since the state is not allowing big, indoor gatherings.
The 20 inductees represent 16 Ohio counties and four branches of the military.