A Nominator may be anyone from anywhere who are familiar with the military record of service of those they nominate. It is the Nominator's job to supply all required information needed for evaluation by the Selection Committee. Nominations are due no later than June 1st of each year.
1. Have been honorably discharged from any branch of the 8 Uniformed Services.
2. Have no felony convictions.
3. Provide DD Form 214, or equivalent if discharged prior to 1950.
4. Must have either been born in Oklahoma, entered military service from Oklahoma, or lived in Oklahoma for a minimum of seven years.
5. Be of good character.
1. The military record of the individual must demonstrate heroic and/or
extraordinary leadership action, service, or sacrifice; and principal
awards received. These items must be documented on the DD-214
(separation/discharge document or equivalent). In some cases, there
may be more than one.
2. Nominee must have outstanding civilian public service and/or patriotic
service to include civic work, service to veterans, projects influencing or
motivating youth, helping the handicapped and disabled, community
improvements, leadership positions, etc. A community service section is
not required for nominees who have been Killed in Action, or are
Missing in Action.
3. Nominee must have a well-established Oklahoma connection. See
The OKMHF typically reviews over 100 nomination packets each year. Nominees being considered by the Selection Committee must receive a certain minimum qualifying score to be in the running for selection. The top ten scorers become the selectees for the next annual event.
If a nominee is not selected but receives a minimum qualifying score, then the
nominee will be reconsidered in subsequent years by the Selection Committee. It is not necessary for the Nominator to re-submit a new nomination packet each year. However, the Nominator is encouraged to submit any significant new information for addition to the nominee's file.
Nominees may be living or deceased. A number of inductees from past years who were killed in action or killed during their years of military service had little or no civilian public service activities. In their cases, selection is based solely upon their heroic actions and/or extraordinary military service.
Those selected for induction into the Hall of Fame are referred to as inductees or honorees. The nominator and inductee/honoree will be assigned an OKMHF volunteer called an Ambassador-in-Charge (AIC). The two of you will work closely to coordinate all required details for your honoree. The induction event will be scheduled as close to Veteran’s Day a practical. The induction banquet and ceremony is moving and memorable.
Copy of Retirement/Discharge Document: All nominations must include the Form DD-214 or equivalent. For service prior to 1950, include the appropriate WD AGO (War Department Adjutant General's Office) Forms or the NAVPERS (Naval Personnel) discharge documents.
Copies of these documents may be requested from the federal government by
qualifying family members using the federal SF 180 form. There is no cost.
Processing time may be lengthy. Alternatively, private enterprises will perform
this service via Internet and generally offer a turnaround time of less than a week. The cost is an estimated $100.
Photo of Nominee
Minimum size is 4 x 5. Pose should be shoulder/frontal view, and ideally in uniform with medals, decorations and badges. Please write rank, name, service branch, approximate date of photo, on the back of photo or on page provided.
The military record of the individual must demonstrate heroic and/or
extraordinary leadership action, service, or sacrifice; and principal awards
received. These items must be documented on the included DD-214 or
equivalent. Include available official citations, narratives, and/or orders for
Civic/Public Service Section
Nominee must have outstanding civilian public service and/or patriotic service to include civic work, service to veterans, projects influencing or motivating youth, helping the handicapped and disabled, community improvements, leadership positions, etc. Include Letters of Endorsement; Awards/Recognition; and Newspaper/Media
Nominee must have a well-established Oklahoma connection. Nominee must be a native Oklahoman or have lived a major portion of his/her life in Oklahoma. This may also include one who played a major role in one of the military installations in Oklahoma, not one who simply passes through one of the installations during a military career.
Refer to the Nomination Template and the Example Nomination available at this OKMHF website after June 15.
1. Please label the backs of all photos with name, rank, branch of service
and year, if known.
2. Please send copies of all items. If you do send originals, please include a
self-addressed stamped envelope so we can return them to you. OKMHF
will not be responsible for lost original documents.
3. It is best to submit a clear, concise packet with only the most important
documentation such as major military citations, civilian awards, and
pertinent news articles. A bulging application packet over-loaded with
letters and loose clippings is likely to have something overlooked or lost.
We also refer to selectees as inductees or honorees. The nominator and honoree will be assigned an OKMHF volunteer called an Ambassador-in-Charge (AIC). The two of you will work closely to coordinate all the required details for your honoree. The induction event close to Veterans Day is moving and memorable.
Selection for this award by the OKMHF Board is based upon public service and not valor or heroism as is required for other inductees into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame. A veteran or non-veteran who has demonstrated exemplary public/community service and who has gone above and beyond in support of veterans is eligible for this award.