Ford Oval of Honor 2017: Lissa Barker

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Ford Oval of Honor recognizes the common people among us willing to step forward and serve our country, like Elizabeth Barker–commissioned as an ensign in the Navy six months before graduating from nursing school, Lissa soon found herself stationed at Newport Naval Hospital in Rhode Island, charged with the care of Vietnam casualties.

Click here to find all of the 2017 Ford Oval of Honor pieces.

Every year during Boom, we take time to showcase the veterans who fought bravely to keep our country safe and free.

Earlier Monday evening, 11 military members were named into the Ford “Oval of Honor,” in recognition of their accomplishments.

After the ceremony, they served as grand marshals of the “Red White & BOOM!” parade. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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