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Steps of Honor

John F. WAllace 

United States Marine Corps

1973-1976 1991 2003


In 1972, John volunteered for military service by enlisting in the United States Marine Corps with a specialty on Military Police. He was selected for the Presidential Security Detail of Presidents Nixon and Ford and received many honors during his Marine Corps career spanning 25 years. Decorations and Awards include: National Defense Service Medal (3 awards), Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M device, Letter of Commendation, Certificate of Recognition, Certificate of Appreciation, Presidential Service #5151, Good Conduct Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

Highlights of CW04 Wallace's career include: Presidential Security onboard Marine Helicopter Squadron One from May 1974-December 1976, participation in Operation Desert Shield/Storm from 910201 to 910329. He was also called to support Operations Noble Eagle/Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom and served in imminent danger areas of Kuwait and Iraq from 24 February 2003 to 05 June 2003.

John retired as a Chief  Warrant Officer 4 in January 2004.

John was a dedicated police officer, retiring from the City of Sharonville in 2000 after 25 total years of police service. He also served the following communities: Trenton, Madeira, Union Township, Butler County, Loveland, Amelia, and Bethel. He completed career as the Chief of Police in Bethel and Amelia.

After retirement< John continued to service his community, his church (Saint Mary's in Bethel, Ohio), and most importantly, his precious wife Shirlene, his 4 children, and his 12 grandchildren, all of whom he loved dearly.

John passed on June 6, 2021 at his home in Bethel, Ohio surrounded by his loved ones. He was honored with full military honors at his burial at Dayton National Cemetery on June 10, 2021.

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