Zamski named Vet of the Year

STEUBENVILLE – Frank Zamski was named Veteran of the Year Wednesday by the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission.

This is the 13th year for the ceremony that has seen the commission choose a Jefferson County military veteran who has made contributions at the local or state level and who provides inspiration to other veterans.

Zamski was nominated by Roger Sliva of the Gilbert Koontz American Legion Post 525 in Adena.

Zamski served in the Army from March 1968 to March 1970 and served a tour in Vietnam with the 9th Infantry Division where he was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the Purple Heart Medal and Bronze Star Medal.

He is a retired coal miner with more than 45 years of service.

Zamski lives in Dillonvale with his wife, Cheryl. They have two daughters, Julie and Valarie.

Zamski has been a member of American Legion Post 525 since his discharge from the service. He has held most of the office positions from trustee to commander, which he is currently serving.

Zamski is a former member of the Jefferson County Veterans Service Commission. He also belongs to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Military Order of the Purple Heart and Polish Legion of American Veterans.

He was one of the first to sign up on the committee of the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of World War II to help Sliva along with events and services such as honoring Gold Star Mothers, former POW’s and 50-Year Continuous Members and remembering V-E Day and V-J Day. He also is present for Memorial Day and Veterans Day services in the community.

Zamski assists in helping with military funerals and he is in charge of the selection for the boys state delegates. He also takes care of administering the Americanism Test at Buckeye Local High School each year. He has organized the honor guard and flag-raising ceremony at the Buckeye Local High School football games.

According to Veterans Services Commission Service Officer Schelley Brooks, “Frank realizes the importance of instilling in our young people the sense of pride and patriotism in their hearts at an early age so that they may grow up to be outstanding citizens. His patriotism and pride for his country and his devotion to God, country, family, community, children and veterans are why he was chosen for this year’s Jefferson County Veteran of the Year.”

Past recipients of the Veteran of the Year include Eugene Omaits of Piney Fork, Barney Thomas of Wintersville, Art Panepucci of Dillonvale, Sliva of Adena, Nathan Rock of Toronto, Paul Greene of Dillonvale, Jack Ernest of Richmond, Dominic Olivito of Steubenville, Carl “Dutch” Nordenger of Toronto, Robert Cowles of Toronto, James Metcalf of Richmond and David Hilliard of Steubenville.