Our Mission

Gary V. Clark was KIA in Vietnam on 17 December 1969.  He left behind a loving wife, Jo Ann Clark.  In 2007, Richard Stobbs initiated a movement to memorialize Sgt. Gary V. Clark and all fallen heroes.  From there, the Gold Star Family Committee was formed.  Working with state legislators, the committee was able to create a speciality license plate to honor surviving members of servicemen and women who were killed in action in a combat zone.   

Gold Star Family Committee

Our Members

Although the Gold Star Family Committee originally formed to create a specialty license plate, we seek to advocate for veterans, their families, and the families of fallen servicemen and women in every way possible.  Members of the committee commonly work with local, state, and federal leaders to better memorialize and honor our fallen heroes.  In addition, our members often attend and sponsor events to draw attention to our fallen heroes and their families.  

Our Members

Our Story


Richard "Dick" Stobbs

MSA, RA, US Army Vietnam 11th Armored Calvary Regiment (Blackhorse) 


Rick Isbell

 U. S. Air Force

City of Columbus, Veteran’s Coordinator

Dr. John Payne

Sons of American Legion

Honorary Chairs

Colonel Tom Moe (ret)

USNR; USAF, Vietnam

Phil Niekro

Baseball Hall of Fame, 1997

Thomas E. White

18th Secretary of the Army, U. S. Army, Vietnam 11th ACR (Blackhorse)

Robert A. Woods

U.S. Army Vietnam, Captain Ohio Patriot Guard