The Ohio Squadron holds an annual reunion at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.
The Ohio Squadron was formed in 2002 at Marion, Ohio with 28 veterans and guest attending. It was held at Marion again in 2003, with an attendance of 45. Tom Indoe was commander for the first two years, then he resigned to travel. Jay Young was elected as commander and we voted to move the reunion to the Hope Hotel at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. Dayton, Ohio. There we could utilize the National Museum of the Air Force; this has proved to be a good decision. Our attendance has increased each year; we have had veterans from 18 different states. The museum is an ever changing place, with memories for all of us. If you have never been to the museum it will be a memorial experience. Every time you go back it will be different with new exhibits.
All are invited to our annual reunions and hope to see you there.


The Canton area Sampson Vets are broken up into two Flights they hold breakfast meetings twice monthly at different locations. The Eagles Flight meets on the second Friday of each month at the Eagles 6979 Sunset Strip, North Canton and the Athens Flight meets on the last Monday at Athens Restaurant 816 Harrison SW, Canton at both 9 AM.

In 2008 Jim Schnell and Ron Addington met to see if they could find a few Sampson Vets to have breakfast with in the Canton area. The first breakfast was held on Wednesday March 5, 2008 at Athens Restaurant in Canton with 9 vets in attendance. It was decided that future meetings be held on the last Monday of every month at this location. Since this first meeting we also meet at The Eagles in Canton on the second Friday of each month.

Four years later we have 96 vets on our roster of which 5 are Navy, 1 Army and 3 from Lackland. After a newspaper ran a half page article regarding our group, we have grown to 32 to 38 at each breakfast meeting and still growing. We cordially invite all who served and those who are currently serving to join us. If you would like to bring a guest/spouse/friend they are welcome.

The Ohio Squadron present officers are Dennis ‘Van’ Vanek, Commander.

Hal Fulton,Vice Commander

For Information about the Ohio Squadron contact:

Dennis ‘Van’ Vanek, Ohio Squadron Commander - Bio - 330 834-1098 - Email:
Hal Fulton,Vice Commander - 330-264-5200 - E-mail:

Breakfast/Meetings Monday August 28 & Friday September 8, 2017

The ‘Athens Flight’ will be meeting for breakfast at Athens Restaurant 816 Harrison SW, Canton on Monday August 28th at 9 AM.

The ‘Eagles Flight’ will be meeting for breakfast at the Eagles 6979 Sunset Strip NW, North Canton on Friday September 8th at 9AM.

The Eagles Flight of the Ohio Squadron met this past Friday August 14th for their regular monthly breakfast at the Eagles Club in North Canton Ohio. There were 20 in attendance.  For the first time this group had the P.O.W./M.I.A. Table set up ."Wildbill" Barnard had secured the table and the items and Charlie Dutton constructed the chain and stanchions for the enclosure.

Van Vanek Ohio Squadron Commander

The Ohio Squadron Eagle's "Flight" traditionally meets every second Friday at the North Canton Eagles (FOE) club for breakfast.
This time, October 10, 2014, the group was asked to wear something military, and some did. Notice that Hal Fulton, our Ohio Squadron Vice Commander, is in full regalia. So was our Ohio Squadron Commander, Van Vanek, but he took the pictures.