In 2018, the Honorable Mark S. Earley, Leon County Supervisor of Elections, established a Vote in Honor of A Veteran program in Leon County, Florida. The program encourages any Leon County voter to publicly dedicate their vote to honor America’s military service men and women. Current or retired service members and/or their family and friends can participate. Participants that submit a photo and a biography for display on our Wall of Honor digital image gallery at LeonVotes.org will be given a commemorative pin to wear while voting.
Leon County voters that wish to participate can fill out an online form, print a PDF then mail it or turn it in to our office at 2990-1 Apalachee Pkwy, or come into the office to fill out a form in person during office hours. Please call (850) 606-8683 if you need assistance.
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Meet Dr. Samuel Caplowe, WWII Army Medic (d.), served in the Pacific. A proud dad to Susan Caplowe, Leon Co. SOE Outreach Specialist, he received a Purple Heart and 2 Bronze stars for his bravery as he saved lives during his time in service. “For meritorious service in connection with military operations against the enemy on USS *** on 2 April 1945, Army Medic Caplowe, although himself injured, was among the first volunteers to report to the sick bay after the USS*** was bombed. Without waiting to have his wounds dressed, he immediately began to administer to a stream of casualties. In spite of the confusion that followed the bombing and the fire, he calmly and efficiently proceeded with medical treatment. Working with only a flashlight for illumination, he showed great initiative in improvising means and methods for emergency treatment. Ignoring the imminent danger of the ship capsizing, Dr. Caplowe administered to the wounded for ten hours without respite. His untiring efforts to alleviate suffering and prevent further loss of life were praised by both army and navy officials.” Dr. Caplowe became a successful Podiatrist in his professional career and raised his family in Wadsworth, Ohio before retiring with his wife, a teacher. Spending the rest of their golden years in Delray Beach enjoying loving visits from Susan, Dr. Caplowe passed at the age of 95. His wife, Millie, was 91.
Meet Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Michael B. Duncan I, proud dad to Monique C. Duncan-Jones, Leon Co. SOE Outreach Coordinator. He is a decorated combat Veteran who served 20 years in the U.S. Army. After graduating as a 2nd Lieutenant from the Florida A&M University Army ROTC program, his first assignment was as platoon leader in South Korea. LTC Duncan went on to serve with First Infantry Division in Vietnam (67-68) during the TET offensive. Monique’s dad earned 3 bronze stars for his service in Vietnam and retired in 1984 and is pictured being pinned by her mother as he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel at Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Meet Staff Sergeant Charles Harlan Williams who is the proud father of Karen A. Williams, Leon County SOE's Election Records Manager. Sergeant Williams proudly served and sacrificed his life for our country; he passed away 1989 when Karen was 8 months old. He was last stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, Florida.
Meet Donald Jake Coshey, U.S. Army, SFC, Ret., proud Dad of Diana Mitchell, Leon County SOE’s Election Project Manager, who retired from the U.S. Army after 23 years of service. He saw combat twice in Vietnam (65-66, 68-69) in aviation (helicopters) as part of the 1st Sqaudron (Bullwhip), 9th Calvary serving under COL Stockton. His division flew more combat hours than any other comparably sized unit.
Living on bases throughout the world, Diana grew up hearing the "whop-whop-whop" of Heuy helicopters overhead and the sound of morning reveille. SFC Coshey later served in the infantry and then retired from Ft Meade, serving as First Sergeant of the Baltimore Military Entrance Processing Command. He and his wife now raise chickens on their farm in NW Florida.
Meet Frank Clover Roll, proud grandfather of Cory Logan, a Leon County SOE Voter Services Specialist. Frank enlisted in the US Navy in WWII at the age of 17. He was then assigned to the USS Atherton, a Navy destroyer escort ship. He saw combat in the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean. The USS Atherton helped deliver supplies and protect other supply ships crossing the oceans. After WWII ended, Frank left the Navy and found a job with Corning Glass located in NY. He would work there until retirement. Frank and his wife Barb currently live in The Villages and are enjoying retirement. Here is a photo of Frank on the Honor Flight on May 20th 2017.