Heartland Valor: An Ohio Soldier’s Heroism in the Pacific

W. Wallace Stover

W. Wallace Stover was born on February 20, 1917, in Columbus, Ohio. He attended The Ohio State University, where he played football, and was enrolled in the Army ROTC program. Upon commissioning he served in the 37th Infantry Division in the Pacific Theater of WWII. One battle in which he took part was that of Bougainville Island, where his actions earned him the Distinguished Service Cross, a recognition second only to the Congressional Medal of Honor.

After he retired from his military duties, Stover became a faculty member and counselor at his alma mater. A conference room on campus is named after him.

He passed away on December 26, 2003.

The document below highlights his service.


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