The Motts Military Museum is proud to have several military veterans and community leaders serving on its Museum Board of Directors and Advisory Board.
CAPT. ROBERT DOREMUS
US Navy, Ret., Ex-American POW (Vietnam)
Captain Doremus has spent most of the years since his release from the Hanoi Hilton in the Columbus, Ohio area. On active duty he served as commanding officer of three seperate commands in navy recruiting and the training of naval reservists. He was a delegate from the state of Ohio to the white house conference on libraries. His final tour was as commanding officer personnel support activity, Great Lakes, IL.
Since his retirement in 1986, after 31 years of naval service, Captain Doremus has held the president’s chair for the Whitehall-Bexley Rotary Club and the Columbus Council of the Navy League of the United States; the first chairmanship of the veteran’s advisory board of the city of Columbus; and is a past national president of ‘Nam-Pows’, a society of returned Ex-Pows from the Vietnam War. He is a 1999 inductee to the Ohio Veterans Hall Of Fame.
Captain Doremus was awarded the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart…each with a star denoting a second award. He is credited with a Mig kill in June 1965, just prior to his 7-1/2 year incarceration in North Vietnam. Captain Doremus resides in Bexley with his wife, Alice.
LT. DOMINICK MAGGIORE
Commack, New York
Dominick is an 18 year veteran of FDNY/EMS. He was at Ground Zero on 9/11/01 when the Twin Towers were attacked. He was on site for the next four days until relieved. After that he was assigned as a Sector Commander for the Morgue, Safety, Transportation, and Treatment, as well as an Inter-agency liaison, working 60–100 hours a week at Ground Zero until he retired in February 2002. He has been an advocate for the Museum since 2002 and has been instrumental in raising funds for the 9/11 building.
WAYNE E. MOTTS
Director, Adams Co. Historical Society Museum & Licensed Battlefield Guide
Born in Columbus and raised in nearby Groveport, Wayne graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in history in 1989. Moving to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in 1990, Wayne earned a Masters Degree in American History from the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 1994. He was one of the youngest persons ever to complete the licensing process to be a Licensed Battlefield Guide at the Gettysburg National Military Park. He has guided parties around the famous field for 24 years. He has spoken to a wide range of historical bodies and groups on topics related to the American Civil War including the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC. In addition to his speaking engagements, Wayne has published several pieces related to the American Civil War in a variety of publications. He is considered the leading authority in the nation on Southern General Lewis Addison Armistead of Pickett’s Charge fame and has published the only biography of the general entitled, Trust in God and Fear Nothing: Lewis A. Armistead, CSA. For ten years he was the research historian for renowned Civil War Artist Dale Gallon of Gettysburg where he assisted in the historical research of 40 works of fine art. He was the Senior Research Historian for TravelBrains Corporation and in this capacity researched material to be included in a number of audio visual products related to the American Civil War. The products produced by his research have been endorsed by the History Channel and have won numerous awards. In 2002, he accepted the position of curator at the Cumberland County Historical Society in Carlisle, Pennsylvania where he managed a collection of 8,000 artifacts. In 2004, he assumed duties as the collections manager of the Adams County Historical Society in Gettysburg. In 2005, Wayne was named executive director of the Society where he oversees a staff of four and some 60 volunteers. In addition to his directorship, Wayne is the chairman of the Alliance of Pennsylvania County Historical Societies (APACHS), which promotes collaboration and best practices among the Commonwealth’s 67 county historical societies. As chairman of APACHS he sits on the board of the Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations (PFMHO). Wayne has extensive non-profit experience and expertise with service on six non-profit boards.
Wayne lives and works in the Gettysburg area with his wife Tina. They have a grown daughter Brittney.
CAPT. MANFRED ROSER
West German Air Force, Ret.
Captain Roser served in the German Army Aviation from January 4, 1960 until October 1, 1989. He was an Air Traffic Control Officer trained with license for performing Aerodrome Control Service, Radar Control Service and also Aeronautical Information Service. He was responsible for a safe and an orderly flow of Aerodrome Traffic at Niederstetten German Army Aerodrome. He was the Chief responsible for twenty-two Control Officers at this Aerodrome. After retirement he worked as a consultant rebuilding East Germany. He is married to Christa and resides in Weikersheim, Germany.
RONALD E. ROSSER
US Army, Ret., Medal of Honor Recipient, (Korea)
A Medal Of Honor recipient from the Korean War, he was a Corporal in the U.S. Army, Heavy Mortar Company, 38th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division when he received the Medal of Honor, 12 November 1952. He distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty. While assaulting heavily fortified enemy hill positions, Company L, 38th Infantry Regiment, was stopped by fierce automatic-weapons, small-arms, artillery, and mortar fire. Cpl. Rosser, a forward observer was with the lead platoon of Company L, when it came under fire from two directions. Cpl. Rosser turned his radio over to his assistant and disregarding the enemy fire, charged the enemy positions armed with only carbine and a grenade. At the first bunker, he silenced its occupants with a burst from his weapon. Gaining the top of the hill, he killed two enemy soldiers, and then went down the trench, killing five more as he advanced. He then hurled his grenade into a bunker and shot two other soldiers as they emerged. Having exhausted his ammunition, he returned through enemy fire to obtain more ammunition and grenades and charged the hill once more. Calling on others to follow him, he assaulted two more enemy bunkers. Although those who attempted to join him became casualties, Cpl. Rosser once again exhausted his ammunition, obtained a new supply, and returning to the hilltop a third time, hurled grenades into the enemy positions. During this heroic action Cpl. Rosser single-handedly killed at least thirteen of the enemy. After exhausting his ammunition he accompanied the withdrawing platoon, and though himself wounded, made several trips across open terrain still under enemy fire to help remove other men injured more seriously than himself. This outstanding soldier’s courageous and selfless devotion to duty is worthy of emulation by all men. He has contributed magnificently to the high traditions of the military service.
DAVID E. ROTH
Editor, Blue & Gray Magazine
David E. Roth was born in Martins Ferry, Ohio, attended Ohio University, Belmont Co. and Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Graduated summa cum laude with a degree in accounting. Honor Societies: Beta Alpha Psi (Accounting), Beta Gamma, Sigma (Business), Phi Kappa Phi (Scholarship), Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership). He became a Certified Public Accountant, holding accounting positions with a number of large companies in Columbus, Ohio.
From 1983 to present, as Co-Founder of Blue & Gray Enterprises, Inc. with his late wife Robin in Columbus, Ohio, David publishes the Blue & Gray magazine and operates The General Books publishing company specializing in Civil War history and historical travel. The Blue & Gray magazine is approved for wide distribution in National Park bookstores at Civil War battlefields and historic sites, and has been endorsed by Chief Historian Emeritus of the National Park Service Edwin C. Bearss, Pulitzer Prize winning historian James M. McPherson, and numerous other scholars, park historians, and preservationists.
David Roth Personal Publishing credits, Books/Periodicals: The Illustrated History of the Civil War 1861–1865: Pictures from the Bettmann Archives (Smithmark Publishers, 1992); Blue & Gray Magazine’s Guide to Haunted Places of the Civil War (The General’s Books, 1996); feature articles on Eastern Ohio in the Civil War, Grierson’s Raid, and John Hunt Morgan’s Escape from the Ohio Penitentiary, and “The General’s Tour” (tour guide section) of almost every issue of Blue & Gray. Photography/Cartography credits outside B&G: Contributions to numerous Civil War books, battlefield preservation efforts, and brochures, including those published by the National Park Service.
David and first wife Robin Montenaro (deceased) had three children, Jason, Jessica, and Jennifer. Three grandchildren, Blake, Marissa, and Leah. He remarried in 2003 to Karen Silva. He was Co-Founder of the Central Ohio Civil War Roundtable, and Board Members of the Ohio Bicentennial Committee (Civil War subcommittee), Ohio Civil War 150 Committee.
MAJ. GEN. DEBORAH ASHENHURST
Adjutant General, State of Ohio
Major General Deborah Ashenhurst assumed the duties as the Adjutant General, Joint Force Headquarters – Ohio on 10 January 2011. She is a member of the Governor’s cabinet and is responsible for the command of the Ohio National Guard and the military readiness of the Ohio Militia. The Ohio National Guard consists of the Ohio Army National Guard, Ohio Air National Guard, Ohio Military Reserve, and Ohio Naval Militia, totaling more than 17,000 personnel. General Ashenhurst supervises four flag officer heads of these components and four deputy directors in the day-to-day operation and management of the readiness, fiscal, personnel, equipment, and real property resources of the agency.
General Ashenhurst’s career began in 1978 when she enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard. She was commissioned as an Engineer Officer in 1980 through the Ohio Army National Guard’s Officer Candidate School. After completion of the Engineer Basic Course at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, General Ashenhurst served as a reconnaissance officer with the 54th Support Center. She has commanded and has held staff officer assignments at all levels from company, battalion, brigade, and Joint Force Headquarters. Recent assignments include the Commanding General, 73rd Troop Command (Brigade), Commander, 237th Personnel Services Battalion, and Director, Property and Fiscal Operations, United States Property and Fiscal Office for Ohio.