Standing: Timothy Laderach; Seated, left to right: Paul Laderach and Dale Laderach.
On April 30, Mr. Paul Laderach was honored as Ottawa County Veteran of the Year for 2013 at a celebration in his honor at the VFW Post 8732, Oak Harbor. Paul is the third veteran in Ottawa County to receive this honor.
The Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission selected Paul after reviewing several nominations. Paul’s commitment to the veterans in Ottawa County speaks volumes through his years of selfless service as a veterans’ advocate. “Paul served our country with honor when our country needed him. Upon discharge, he continued to faithfully serve in the civilian sector. He has inspired, mentored and befriended many veterans, and I personally find his kindness and compassion an inspiration.” said Sara Toris, Executive Director, Ottawa County Veterans Service Office.
Paul joined the United States Navy on Jan. 18, 1937. He was honorably discharged on April 26, 1945, after successfully attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer and awarded the American Defense Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal, American Area Medal, and Good Conduct Medal. After settling into the civilian sector, Paul joined the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8732 and served as Senior Vice-Commander, Commander and Chaplain.
Paul received recognition of his selection by several community organizations. Sara Toris, Executive Director of Ottawa County Veterans Service Office, was the master of ceremonies and along with Elizabeth Sutton, Vice President, Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission, presented Paul with a US flag and certificate authenticating that it flew above the Ottawa County Veterans Service Office on the day of the ceremony. Ronald Distel, President, Ottawa County Veterans Service Commission, presented Paul with a plaque. VFW Post 8732 Commander Gary Cagle, who nominated Paul, thanked Paul for his service in the VFW. The Board of County Commissioners of Ottawa County commended Paul A. Laderach for his service to our country, dedication to our county veterans and his selection as Ottawa County Veteran of the Year for 2013 and proclaimed April 30 as “Paul A. Laderach Day” throughout all of Ottawa County.
Paul’s sons, Dale and Timothy Laderach, attended the ceremony and Dale spoke of his and his siblings’ memories growing up seeing their father’s dedication throughout the years. Many other members of the Laderach family and friends were also in attendance.