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5/2/2010 12:00:00 PM
Wellston American Legion Post #371 honors Roy J. Gilliland
Recently three officers of Wellston American Legion Post #371 of 1001 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Wellston appeared in the Office of Roy J. Gilliland, Attorney at Law of Gilliland, Gilliland and Gilliland and awarded Roy J. Gilliland a certificate for service to American Legion Post #371. The three officers appearing were Roger Pugh, Commander of the Post, and Dean Patton, left, Adjutant and George Edwards, right, 1st Vice Commander. The citation thanked Roy J. Gilliland for all the free services that he has performed for the American Legion Post #371 in Wellston, Ohio for the past 45 years or more.
Recently three officers of Wellston American Legion Post #371 of 1001 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Wellston appeared in the Office of Roy J. Gilliland, Attorney at Law of Gilliland, Gilliland and Gilliland and awarded Roy J. Gilliland a certificate for service to American Legion Post #371. The three officers appearing were Roger Pugh, Commander of the Post, and Dean Patton, left, Adjutant and George Edwards, right, 1st Vice Commander. The citation thanked Roy J. Gilliland for all the free services that he has performed for the American Legion Post #371 in Wellston, Ohio for the past 45 years or more.

Recently three officers of Wellston American Legion Post #371 of 1001 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Wellston appeared in the Office of Roy J. Gilliland, Attorney at Law of Gilliland, Gilliland and Gilliland and awarded Roy J. Gilliland a certificate for service to American Legion Post #371. The three officers appearing were Roger Pugh, Commander of the Post, and Dean Patton, Adjutant and George Edwards, 1st Vice Commander.

The citation thanked Roy J. Gilliland for all the free services that he has performed for the American Legion Post #371 in Wellston, Ohio for the past 45 years or more.

Roy J. Gilliland has been a member of the Wellston American Legion Post since he moved into Wellston in 1962 and prior to that time he was a member of the American Legion Post in Coalton, Ohio.

Roger Pugh, present Commander of Wellston American Legion Post, read the citation to Roy J. Gilliland and thanked him for his services to the Post, saying that "we give this to you as you will not take money". Gilliland thanked him for the citation and plaque.

Gilliland himself has a long record of service in the military. He enlisted in the United States Navy during WWII in his senior year of high school at the age of 17 years. He stayed in the United States Naval Service active and as a Reserve for a period of 24 years, having served in the Pacific Theater of Operations during WWII at Pearl Harbor, and Enowetoc in the Marshall Island, Ulithi in The Caroline Islands at Samar in the Phillipine Islands, at Manila in the Phillipine Island and at Subic Bay in the Phillipine Islands and along the Chinese Coast from Shanghi to what is now Viet Nam.

Gilliland, although he never officially graduated from the Coal Rural High School which he attended, because he was in the Military at the time of Graduation, did eventually receive a diploma from the Coal Rural Local High School. Gilliland has also received a BS degree in Business Administration from the Ohio State University, and he has received a Bachelor of Laws from the Ohio State University Law School and a Juris Doctor degree from the Ohio State University School of Law. Gilliland also received credit for three years of credits at the Naval School at Scotia, New York.

Gilliland also stated that during his lifetime he has worked at various jobs including being a sheep herder, an apple picker, a worker in two iron foundries, a machine operator at the Timken Factory in Columbus, Ohio, a cafeteria worker at Pomerene Hall at the Ohio State University for three years, an electrician at North American Aviation Corporation and an insurance inspector. In addition to that Gilliland has been/political office for over 30 years, having served as the Jackson County Prosecutor for 6 years, as a State Representative for Jackson County to the Ohio General Assembly for 4 years, a Jackson County Probate and Juvenile Court Judge for 6 years, a Jackson County Judge for 5 years, and a Jackson County Municipal Judge for 7 years. Gilliland also served as legal solicitor for the Village of Coalton for a period of 11 years. Gilliland also served 2 years on the Wellston City Council and probably he is one of very few people in the State of Ohio who served in all three branches of government, the Legislative, the Executive, and Judicial.

Gilliland states that although he is still working doing mostly probate work and real estate with his two partners, his son Kyle R. Gilliland and his daughter-in-law Dana E. Gilliland, that he plans to retire soon and spend more time with his wife, Karleene Mullen Gilliland.

Gilliland stated to those presenting him with the plaque that he was glad to do the work which he has done for the Wellston American Legion because they are engaged in many projects that help the City of Wellston.

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