Hall of Fame

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Welcome to the University of Missouri Army ROTC Hall of Fame.

The MU Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Hall of Fame was established in 2012 with the intent to honor those individuals who have gone before as esteemed Alumni of the University of Missouri AROTC program or as storied contributors to the success of the program

Our Hall of Fame enshrines those from our past and continues to add members to its ranks as the University of Missouri ROTC program marches forward. Below you can view the photos of our Hall of Fame members listed by the year they were inducted and accompanied by a short synopsis of their accomplishments or contributions.

The AROTC Hall of Fame serves as a source of inspiration to AROTC cadets and MU students. We want to continue to honor those remarkable persons who have satisfied their military obligation and who have excelled either in military service, service to their nation and/or their community, and have made significant contributions to the AROTC program.

LTC (R) McMillan

LTC (R) Patrick M. McMillan

LTC (R) McMillan served as a MU AROTC Assistant Professor of Military Science from 1978-1981. His exceptional expertise and dedication as an instructor greatly inspired his cadets and enhanced the reputation of the ROTC program throughout the University and community. His exemplary work and dedication were evidenced everywhere he went, first in Korea (1981-82), U.S. Army Western Command, Hawaii (1982-83), 25th Infantry Division (1984-85), Command & General Staff College (1985-86), PERSCOM (1986-91), Officer Personnel Management Branch (2 years), SGS Commanding General PERSCOM (1 year), Field Artillery Enlisted Branch Chief (2 years), and finally as Professor of Military Science at Washington University in St. Louis. He retired in 1994 and began his civilian career with Sigma Diagnostics as a Human Resource Manager (1994-2001). In 2002, Patrick became the Employee Relations Manager for Emerson Electric in St. Louis, until his retirement in 2015.

Captain James J. Rau

Captain James J. Rau

A University of Missouri AROTC 1965 alumnus, James J. Rau, began his Field Artillery experience with 12 months in the hot Central Highlands of the VietNam combat zone, serving both as Air Forward Observer and Fire Direction Officer for 155’s Towed. His call of duty, leadership skills in stressful environments and strength of character reflect the highest standards of an Army Officer. More than 50 years later, he has spent 40 years in the banking industry as a Senior Executive of community banks in the St. Louis area. Additionally, he has given back to his community by volunteering to actively participate with significant Boards and Commissions in the St. Charles area. He was named Citizen of the Year by the St. Charles Chamber of Commerce in 2009, and currently, among other positions, he is the Finance Officer for the community’s American Legion.

Chaplain Colonel (U.S. Army, retired) Scottie R. Lloyd

Colonel (RET) Chaplain Scottie R. Lloyd

A 1975 University of Missouri ROTC alumnus, COL (R) began his career as an Infantry Officer. Later, after finishing seminary, he became an Army Chaplain. He served over 30 years on Active Duty and in the Army Reserve before retiring. During his time in the Army he supported both the Army Reserve and the Active Army to include tours to Germany, Haiti, and Kuwait. His awards include the Legion of Merit, eight Meritorious Service Medals, and five Army Commendation Medals. He continues to serve the national lead of a working group for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) on support to Veterans and chaplains within the church and is Vice-President of the San Bernardino Clergy Association.

Colonel (RET) John K. Holsonback

Colonel (RET) John K. Holsonback

COL (R) Holsonback served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Missouri from 1968-1970.  His 29-year career was primarily in Germany during the height of the Cold War, but also included a combat tour in Vietnam. His awards include two Legions of Merit, a Bronze Star, and two Meritorious Service Medals.

Colonel (RET) Roderick M. Cox

Colonel (RET) Roderick M. Cox

A 1981 University of Missouri ROTC alumnus, COL (R) served as a Field Artillery Officer. His over 32 years of honorable military service include numerous combat and operational deployments around the world, such as Chief of Staff, Coalition Forces Land Component Command, US 3rd Army; Chief of Operations Group, Battle Command Training Program, and as the Director, US Army Combat Studies Institute. He continues to serve by being an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, holding key positions. COL (R) Cox also belongs to both the Leavenworth / Lansing and Greater Kansas City Chambers of Commerce, receiving recognition for his work as a member business Chief Executive Officer.

Captain Donald “Don” Groenemann

Captain Donald “Don” Groenemann

A 1965 University of Missouri ROTC alumnus, former CPT Groenemann served as an aviator. During his more than three years in the Army, he flew over 1,200 hours of combat missions in Vietnam for which he was awarded 20 Air Medals, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, and an Air Medal for Valor. He continues to serve by fundraising for the humanitarian medical charity “The Flying Hospital,” which provides medical services, free of charge, to those in need in countries around the world. In 2019, Don concluded 17 years of volunteer service in Bible Study Fellowship, first as an adult leader and then as a Children’s leader.

Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Charles R. Brazeale

Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Charles R. Brazeale

A 1957 graduate of the University of Missouri Army ROTC program . LTC (R) Brazeale commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer and later became an Army Aviator. During his career, he served in Germany, Ft Benning, Georgia, and completed two tours in Vietnam flying helicopters. He went on to serve as an instructor pilot at the Army Aviation Center for Excellence at Fort Rucker, Alabama, and later at the Pentagon in Army’s Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel. Post retirement, he and his wife generously donated their estate to establish the Brazeale Family Scholars Program for the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources. This fund coves 25% of tuition cost for 30 students annually.

Major General Alex Fink

Major General Alex Fink

A 1990 graduate of the University of Missouri Army ROTC program, MG Fink commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer. He achieved 15 years of command, from company commander to commanding general, over the last 20 years of service in the Army National Guard and Army Reserve. Some of these commands include the Army Reserve’s 649th Regional Support Group during its deployment to Afghanistan and as the Commanding General for the Army Reserve’s 4th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary). He currently serves as the Chief of the Chicago-based Army Enterprise Marketing. His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Meritorious Service Medal.

Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Charles E. Howe

Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Charles E. Howe

A 1964 graduate of the University of Missouri Army ROTC, LTC (R) Howe commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer. He later transferred to Military Intelligence where he served until retirement at 23 years. During his career he had assignments in Maryland, Hawaii, and Korea. He was awarded the Legion of Merit twice. Upon retiring he became a member, and later served as president, of the David Westphall Veterans Foundation in Angel Fire, New Mexico. In 2009 he founded the National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center in Angel Fire, New Mexico. As of 2018, the organization has sent over 290 couples to weeklong Post Traumatic Stress retreats for couples.

Colonel (RET) Donald L. Johnson

Colonel (RET) Donald L. Johnson

A 1957 graduate of the University of Missouri Army ROTC, COL (R) commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer in the reserve. He completed 34 years of service including two years on Active Duty. During his time in the Army he served at Fort Riley, Kansas; Fort Belvoir, Virginia; and in Omaha, Nebraska. His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.

Colonel (RET) Vaughn H. Yost

Colonel (RET) Vaughn H. Yost

Is a 1959 graduate of the University of Missouri Army ROTC, COL (R) Yost commissioned as an Ordnance Officer. He served 37 years in the Army Reserve, primarily at U.S. Army Missile Command. He also worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and participated in the launch of the first Saturn V rocket and the development of the manned Lunar Rover. He also holds four patents under his name.

Dr. James W. Neely

Dr. James W. Neely

A 1973 graduate of the University of Missouri Army ROTC, DR. Neely commissioned as an Infantry Officer. He served two years on Active Duty. Later he attended and completed medical school.  Dr. Neely served as the Medical Director of the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron. He entered public service with the Cameron School Board from 1995 to 2005.  He currently serves, since 2012, as the Missouri House Representative for the 8th District. He is also the Long-Term Care Medical Director of the Cameron Regional Medical Center.

Major General (RET) Colin C. Campbell

Major General (RET) Colin C. Campbell

MG (R) Campbell is a 1954 graduate of the University of Missouri Army ROTC graduate, who commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer. He served with the 2nd Armored Division and 101st Airborne Division in Europe until he joined the Missouri National Guard in 1959. He was federally recognized as a General of the Line in 1977 and served five years as the director and deputy director of the Missouri State Area Command. In 1984 he was promoted to Major General and given command of the newly reactivated 35th Infantry Division which is headquartered in Ft. Leavenworth, KS. His awards include the Soldier’s Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Colonel (RET) Christopher Graham

Colonel (RET) Christopher Graham

COL (R) Graham is a 1968 University of Missouri Army ROTC graduate, who commissioned as a Quartermaster Officer. He served for over 30 years in the Missouri Army National Guard and Army Reserve. After completing law school, he transferred to the Judge Advocates General Corps and served for 15 years in the Missouri National Guard’s State Judge Advocate section. He served four terms in the Missouri House of Representatives and served as Missouri’s Assistant Attorney General. In 2003, he was elected President of the National Association of Administrative Law Judges. Two years later, he was chosen Chair of the American Bar Association, Judicial Division, National Conference of the Administrative Law Judiciary.

Colonel (RET) Stanley E. Crow

Colonel (RET) Stanley E. Crow  

COL (R) Crow is a 1976 University of Missouri Army ROTC graduate, who commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer. In 1982 he joined the Missouri Army National Guard eventually commanding the 1st Battalion, 128th Field Artillery Regiment. During his over 30 years of service, he was also assigned to the Army National Guard Bureau in Washington D.C., providing advice and assessment to its senior leadership on performance and policy. He is currently the Assistant Director for National Guard Affairs of the AUSA.

Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Larry Ray

Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Larry Ray   

LTC (R) Ray is a 1965 of the University of Missouri Army ROTC graduate, who branched as a Field Artillery Officer. Later, he transferred to the Aviation Branch and graduated from both fixed and rotary wing flight schools. He completed two combat tours in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot. Post-Vietnam, he served in Korea and Germany as a staff officer with Headquarters, US Army Europe. His last duty assignment was Chief for Force Structure Development. After retirement from 23 years of service, he supported the Naples, Florida community as the Vice President of support services for the Naples Community Hospital. In that role, he directed the construction of an Open-Heart Surgery addition to the main operating room and managed construction of a 363-bed hospital in North Naples.  

Lieutenant Colonel Debra Anderson

Lieutenant Colonel Debra Anderson

LTC Anderson is a 1980 University of Missouri Army ROTC graduate, who commissioned as an Adjutant General Officer. She served 13 years on Active Duty, completing a combat tour in Desert Storm with the 1st Infantry Division. On August 22, 2015 she was appointed as the first female Assistant Quartermaster General of the VFW, then one year later she was elected as the First Female Quartermaster General of the VFW.  She was also appointed as Commissioner to the United States World War One Centennial Commission in October 2016. Her awards include the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medals.

Mr. Herbert “Dwight” Douglas

Mr. Herbert “Dwight” Douglas

Mr. Douglas is a 1968 University of Missouri Army ROTC graduate. He is a Vietnam veteran who served for four years as an attorney. Mr. Douglas has an outstanding history of involvement in multiple complex health issues and community endeavors.  He was a member of the Missouri Governor’s Task Force on Dioxin in 1981 and the safe drinking water commission in 1992. In 2005, he was given a proclamation from Governor Blunt for his 18 years of volunteer service to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. 

Mr. George E. Stephenson

Mr. George E. Stephenson

Mr. Stephenson is a 1968 University of Missouri Army ROTC graduate, who served in Germany and deployed to Vietnam as an Operations Officer. After Vietnam, he left the Army and pursued college baseball coaching. He is nationally recognized as the first head coach in NCAA Division 1 baseball to reach and exceed 1,837 career wins. He is also recognized as one of the very few coaches responsible for elevating the overall game and the visibility of college baseball through achievement of his teams and through fundraising $18 million to build one of the first large collegiate baseball facilities in the United States.

Mr. Charles A. “Andy” Russell

Mr. Charles A. “Andy” Russell

Mr. Russell's is a 1963 University of Missouri and Army ROTC graduate. He was also a Mizzou Football player playing three college bowl games and team captain during his senior year. He was drafted to the Pittsburg Steelers in 1963 as a linebacker and was named to the 1963 Rookie All Star team. With his NFL career secure, he fulfilled his two-year military obligation as the aide-de-camp to the 7th Corps Commander. Mr. Russell has actively supported the USO, Big Brothers and Sisters, and in 1999 he established the Andy Russell Charitable Foundation to contribute funds to children’s charities.

Colonel (RET) Billie W. Keeler

Colonel (RET) Billie W. Keeler

COL (R) Keeler is a 1979 University of Missouri Army ROTC graduate, who commissioned as an Adjutant General Corps Officer. He served for over 25 years and retired in 2004 having served in the key roles of Chief of Officer Retirement Section, Deputy Director of Manpower, Personnel, as well as security at the Defense Information Systems (DISA) Agency. At his retirement, he was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal. Post retirement, he has spoken at several events working to get Soldiers internships and provide advice for future employment.

Colonel (RET) John Seitz

Colonel (RET) John Seitz

COL (R) Seitz is a 1959 University of Missouri and Army ROTC graduate, who commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer. Highlights of his 29-year military career include commanding two Field Artillery Batteries, one Air Defense Artillery Battery, the Director of Course Development and Training at the U.S. Army Field Artillery school, and the Director, Gunnery Department, U.S. Army Field Artillery School. His highest awards include two Legions of Merit and six Bronze Stars. He continues to serve his community by participating in the Rotary Club in Junction City, Kansas and is a member of the board of directors for several Junction City community programs.  

Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Patrick Scott Wilkins

Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Patrick Scott Wilkins

LTC (R) Wilkins is a 1995 University of Missouri and Army ROTC graduate, who commissioned as an Infantry Officer. He served for over 20 years and completed over ten combat deployments throughout his career, including five to Afghanistan and three to Iraq. He served in several prestigious positions to including the 2/75th and 3/75th Ranger Battalions, the 173rd Infantry Brigade in Italy, and as the aide-de-camp for the Secretary of the Army. Wilkins has received several Bronze Star medals from his combat deployments. He retired from Active Duty in July 2016 and is currently the Chief of Staff in the Federal Pharmacy Division at Express Scripts in St. Louis, Missouri.

Lieutenant General (RET) Jerome H. Granrud

Lieutenant General (RET) Jerome H. Granrud

LG (R) Granrud is a 1960 University of Missouri and Army ROTC graduate, who commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer. He served on Active Duty for 34 years and held positions as an Army force developer and as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Japan and IX Corps. Post retirement, he served on the board of advisers for Maryland Cyber Investment Partners and the board of directors for UQM Technologies.

Colonel (RET) William R. Starke

Colonel (RET) William R. Starke

COL (R) Starke is a 1962 University of Missouri and Army ROTC graduate, who commissioned as an Army Medical Corps Officer. During his time in the Army, he served at several locations including the Letterman Army Medical Center, the Royal Army Medical Center, and the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. His highest award is the Legion of Merit. During his time in the military, he published professional articles to improve his unit, his peers, the Army, and his profession. He is also an active volunteer working with the Irwin Memorial Blood Bank, a CAP Volunteer Lab inspector, and a board member for the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital. 

Colonel (RET) Robert D. Banning

Colonel (RET) Robert D. Banning

COL (R) Banning is a 1958 graduate of the University of Missouri and Army ROTC program and was commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer. He served in Vietnam and was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in combat. He also served as White House Military Aide during the Nixon administration and retired in 1988 after 30 years of service to our Nation.

Colonel (RET) Gary L. Bridgewater

Colonel (RET) Gary L. Bridgewater

COL (R) Bridgewater is a 1964 graduate of the University of Missouri and Army ROTC program and was commissioned as an Air Defense Artillery Officer.  After serving as a military advisor in Vietnam to a Vietnamese District Commander, he successfully commanded a battalion. He retired after 26 years of military service to our Nation and has continued to serve within the Defense Industry.

Colonel (RET) Stephen R. Green

Colonel (RET) Stephen R. Green

COL (R) Green is a 1971 graduate of the University of Missouri and Army ROTC program and attended the Infantry Officer Basic Course in 1972.  He served for over 25 years in the U.S. Army Reserve and is currently the Chairman and CEO of New Era Bank in Fredericktown, Missouri. He dedicates much of his time as a board member and chairman of a corporation that provides counseling services at multiple locations throughout Missouri.

Colonel (RET) Nelson McCouch III

Colonel (RET) Nelson McCouch III

COL (R) McCouch is a 1980 graduate of the University of Missouri and Army ROTC program and was commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer. After serving as a Battery Commander in the Field Artillery branch, he made the transition to Public Affairs where he served in numerous positions, to include the Multinational Forces-Iraq Public Affairs Officer.  He retired after 27 years of active service to our Nation.

Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Frederick S. Selby

Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Frederick S. Selby

LTC (R) Selby is a 1969 graduate of the University of Missouri and Army ROTC program and was commissioned as an Infantry Officer. After serving as an Infantry Company Commander, he transitioned to the Finance Corps where he served in numerous positions throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. After retiring from the Army with 21 years of service to our Nation, he went on to work for the United States Treasury Department.

Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Richard G. Wheeler

Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Richard G. Wheeler

LTC (R) Wheeler is a 1950 graduate of the University of Missouri and Army ROTC program and was commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer. He has served in various assignments, to include time as a Forward Observer, Korea, 1952 and as a Military Artillery Advisor in Vietnam, 1965-1966.  He retired in 1969.

Lieutenant Colonel Lindsey H. Decker

Lieutenant Colonel Lindsey H. Decker

LTC Decker worked as the Recruiting and Operations Officer for the University of Missouri Army ROTC Program from 2005-2010.  She was instrumental in the rebuilding of the program She brought in a record 52 Freshman Cadets in 2008 and contracted 27 in one day. She has been deployed in support of operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan and currently serves in the Missouri Army National Guard.

Mr. Robert W. Fulstone

Mr. Robert W. Fulstone

Mr Fulstone is a 1968 Graduate of the University of Missouri and Army ROTC program and was commissioned as a Signal Officer. After service in Vietnam, he spent the next 26 years working for CBS television and radio. Concurrent with his career, he has spent much of his personal time working with groups and organizations that assist Veterans. His support of our troops is unmatched.

Mr. Mark  A. Wilkins

Mr. Mark A. Wilkins

Mr. Wilkins is a 1990 graduate of the University of Missouri and Army ROTC program. After commissioning and serving four years on Active Duty, he pursued a career in the financial / investment sector. He donates generously to the College of Arts and Science and is an active member of the University of Missouri College of Arts and Sciences Strategic Development Board.

Colonel (RET) Elmer Ardryck “Ard” Gates

Colonel (RET) Elmer Ardryck “Ard” Gates 

COL (R) Gates is a 1967 graduate from the University of Missouri Law School and reported to Active Duty soon thereafter as a Captain.  He served in Vietnam where he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and has served in various Judge Advocate General Corps positions throughout his time in service. He retired after 21 years of service to our Nation.

Captain (RET) Darrell Eichhoff

Captain (RET) Darrell Eichhoff                                           

CPT (R) is a 1943 University of Missouri ROTC graduate who, at the age of 19, commissioned into the Army Air Corps as B-26 pilot. He flew 27 bombing missions in in the European Theater of Operations from 1943 to1945. He was awarded seven Air Medals and a Distinguished Flying Cross. After the war, he served as both the President and Chairman of the Boy Scouts of New York, supporting over 75,000 Scouts. He worked for MetLife for 33 years and retired as an Executive Vice President.

Captain Wells Cunningham

Captain Wells Cunningham

CPT Cunningham is a 1961 University of Missouri ROTC graduate, who commissioned as an Infantry Officer. He was a Special Forces team commander in Vietnam. On 17 August 1966, he died of bullet wounds when his team was ambushed by a regiment of North Vietnamese Army Soldiers. He was awarded the Silver Star for heroism in close combat.    

Colonel (RET) John Haseman

Colonel (RET) John Haseman                                                                               

COL (R) Haseman is a 1963 Distinguished Military Graduate of the University of Missouri ROTC, commissioned as a Military Intelligence Officer. He served for over 30 years, including as the Chief of Interrogation of Prisoners of War in Vietnam; the U.S. Defense and Army Attaché to Rangoon, Burma, and as Foreign Area Officer for Southeast Asia. He was inducted into the Defense Attaché System Hall of Fame. He is an author of three books and the co-author of one book on Southeast Asia and the author of more than 250 news or analytical articles dealing with Southeast Asia. 

Captain (RET) Richard D. Kinder

Captain (RET) Richard D. Kinder

CPT (R) Kinder is a 1968 University of Missouri ROTC, who commissioned as a Judge Advocate General’s Corps Officer. After completing four years of military service, he achieved prominence in business and philanthropy and he is currently the CEO of Kinder Morgan Inc., the third largest energy company in North America. He established the Kinder Foundation to support education, urban parks, green space, and other quality of life improvements. His foundation has significantly contributed to the University of Missouri. 

                                                                                      

Colonel (RET) Timothy H. Donovan

Colonel (RET) Timothy H. Donovan

COL (R) Donovan is a 1969 University of Missouri ROTC graduate, who commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer in the Army National Guard. He commanded an Artillery Battalion in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive and concluded his career as the Professor of Military Science at University of Missouri. During his assignment, the program commissioning its first female officers. Upon retirement, he joined the Rotary Club and became district leader and voted to allow women membership to the club.

Colonel (RET) David O. Smith

Colonel (RET) David O. Smith                                                                                 

COL (R) Smith is a 1969 University of Missouri ROTC graduate, who commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer. He returned to the program to serve as an Assistant Professor of Military Science. During his career he was assigned as an Army Foreign Liaison Officer under Secretary of the Army for Internal Affairs and as the Army Attaché, Defense Intelligence Agency in Islamabad, Pakistan. After retirement, he continued his service as a Senior Defense Intelligence Analyst and Consultant. He is a member of the ROTC Alumni board and donates regularity to the Corps of Cadets in honor of the Hall or Fame members. 

Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Karl W. Teepe

Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Karl W. Teepe                                                           

LTC (R) Teepe served as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at the University of Missouri ROTC in the early 1970s. He received a master’s degree in business management, during this assignment. After a 22-year military career, he transferred to a civilian role in the Defense Intelligence Agency as a Financial Resources Manager.  On September 11th, 2001, he died as result of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon. His awards include the Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medals.

Brigadier General (RET) Mark S. Spindler

Brigadier General (RET) Mark S. Spindler                                                                              

BG (R) Spindler is a 1982 University of Missouri ROTC graduate, who commissioned as a Military Police Corps Officer. During his career, he served in a number of key roles to include Commander, 18th Military Police Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Iraq; Assistant professor of Military Science at the University of Missouri - Saint Louis; and as Deputy Provost Marshal General, Office of the Provost Marshal General, Washington, DC. His final assignment was as the 47th Commandant of the United State Army Military Police School.

                                            

Captain Joseph W. Parent

Captain Joseph W. Parent                                                                    

CPT Parent is a Distinguished Military Graduated from the University of Missouri ROTC in 1960, former CPT Parent commissioned as an Infantry officer. He served in Vietnam as a Special Forces Captain from April 1965 until his death in April 1966. He was mortally injured by enemy fire while providing aid to an injured sergeant. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart Medals.

Brigadier General (Ret) Randy A. Alewel

Brigadier General (Ret) Randy A. Alewel

BG (R) Alewel is a 1983 University of Missouri ROTC graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science.  He served his state and nation for over 35 years in the Army National Guard culminating in positions such as the Missouri Army National Guard’s Land Component Commander and later as the Assistant Division Commander-Support, 35th Infantry Division. He served on the Board of Directors and has been president of both the Missouri Association of Meat Processors and the American Association of Meat Processors. He also served and chaired numerous committees such as Warrensburg Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club.

Colonel (Ret) Dr. Russell D. Shelden

Colonel (Ret) Dr. Russell D. Shelden

COL (R) Shelden is a 1942 University of Missouri ROTC graduate. He commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer. He resigned his commission and served two years in the European Theater of Operations as a medical laboratory technician and was part of the 1,000-bed general hospital in Liège, Belgium during the Battle of the Bulge. After completing medical school in 1947, he continued his military service as a member of the Active Reserve with the 325th General Hospital as its Chief of Anesthesiology and Operating Room Service, 1956-1965. He pioneered the use of new anesthesia protocols in Missouri, and in collaboration with Dr. Jack Ruffe, developed numerous ophthalmologic surgical techniques. In giving back to Mizzou, Dr. And Mrs. Shelden in 1991 established the Russell D. Shelden, M.D. Professorship in Anesthesiology, which was renamed the Chair of Anesthesiology in 2002; the Russell D. and Mary B. Shelden Missouri Chair in Anesthesiology in 2003; the Russell D. and Mary B. Shelden Clinical Simulation Center in 2005; and the Shelden Academic Resource Center in Athletic Sports Park in 1998.

Colonel (Ret) Larry W. Matthews

Colonel (Ret) Larry W. Matthews          

COL (R) Matthews is a 1971 University of Missouri ROTC graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. He served over 30 years on Active Duty as an Infantry and Quartermaster Officer. He served in Korea from 1974 to 1975 and in Hawaii from 1979 to 1982. He served two tours in the Middle East, the first in Bahrain from 1986 to 1988 and the second supporting the Marine Corps in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm from 1990 to 1991. Later, he also completed two assignments with the Department of Defense.

Captain Roy V. Gray

Captain Roy V. Gray


CPT Gray is a 1963 University of Missouri ROTC graduate, who commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer.  He was a Battery Commander at Fort Sill, Oklahoma prior to his first tour to Vietnam. He was killed in action on April 27, 1970 when his helicopter was shot down, during his second tour in Vietnam, for which he had volunteered. He is a recipient of the Purple Heart. 

Command Sergeant Major Kevin J. Griffin

Command Sergeant Major Kevin J. Griffin


CSM Griffin was assigned as the University of Missouri Army ROTC’s Senior Military Science Instructor from 2004-2005.  He joined the Army in 1988 and herved three deployments to Iraq, one to the Balkans, and a tour in Kuwait before deploying to Afghanistan. He was killed in action by a suicide bomb attack on August 8, 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in the city of Asadabad, Afghanistan. His awards and decorations include five Bronze Star Medals, the Purple Heart Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Army Commendation Medals for valor, four Army Commendation Medals, eight Army Achievement Medals, the Gold Recruiting Badge with three gold sapphires, the Gold Recruiting Ring, and the Combat Action Badge.

Major General (RET) Enoch Herbert Crowder

Major General (RET) Enoch Herbert Crowder

In 1885, 2LT Crowder became the Professor of Military Science at the University of Missouri, instructing cadets while working toward a law degree which he obtained in 1886. After his promotion to 1LT, he rejoined his regiment as a troop commander in the Geronimo campaign. Crowder served an unprecedented 46 years on active duty, was the first Army lawyer to wear two stars on his shoulders, and was the Army’s Judge Advocate General for 12 years. Crowder also was the Provost Marshal General during World War I, and while serving as the Army’s top law enforcement officer prepared the Selective Service Act of 1917 and supervised America’s first draft since the Civil War. 

Colonel (RET) Arthur D. “BULL” Simons

Colonel (RET) Arthur D. “BULL” Simons

COL (R) Simons commissioned in 1941 at the University of Missouri as a Field Artillery Officer before becoming a company commander and battalion executive officer in the 6th Ranger Battalion. He participated in several hazardous landings with the Rangers in the Pacific. His actions in the famous Cabanatuan Raid that rescued approximately 500 Prisoners of War whom survived he Bataan Death March, earned him a Sliver Star. After World War II, he left the Army for five years. He returned to serve as an infantry instructor and Ranger trainer in the Amphibious and Jungle Training camp. The Arthur D. Simons Center for Interagency Cooperation continues his legacy of developing interagency leaders. 

Colonel (RET) Claude D. Barton

Colonel (RET) Claude D. Barton

In 1967, Colonel Barton became a Professor of Military Science at the University of Missouri. He entered the Army in July 1939 and was commanding an infantry battalion in less than four years.  Having proved his leadership ability as a battalion commander in combat in the Philippines and on Okinawa, he was promoted to lieutenant colonel in June 1945. He retired from the Army on July 31, 1970 after more than thirty-one years’ service. His awards and decorations include the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with three oak leaf clusters, the Bronze Star, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

Lieutenant General (RET) James L. Campbell

Lieutenant General (RET) James L. Campbell

Commissioned through ROTC, LG (R) Campbell graduated in 1971 from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor's of Science in Physical Education. Campbell served in several high-profile operations, including Operation Restore Hope, Somalia, 1993 and Operation Uphold Democracy, Haiti, 1994. During his time as Commanding General of the 10th Mountain Division 1999 -2001, he deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina and served as Commanding General for the Multi-National Division (North) for Operation Joint Forge. Significant awards for General Campbell are the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit medal, and the Bronze Star Medal.

1LT William Anthony Edens

First Lieutenant William Anthony Edens

Will Edens was enrolled in the University of Missouri’s Army R.O.T.C. program, studied Russian and German, and graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Russian. He began Active Duty, assigned to the 1-5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) in Fort Lewis, Washington. His unit deployed overseas to assist in Operation Iraqi Freedom. On April 28, 2005, he was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near his vehicle in Tal Afar, Iraq. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart Medals.

Colonel (RET) Timothy M. Karcher

Colonel (RET) Timothy M. Karcher

COL (R) Karcher is a graduate of the University of Missouri, where he earned a Bachelor's of Science in Political Science. He served in various command and staff positions to include as a small group instructor at the Infantry Captains Career Course and as a Corps Planner on the III Corps and Multi-National Corps – Iraq staffs. During Operation Iraq Freedom 06-08, he also served as a Brigade Military Transition Team (MiTT) Chief. While advising an Iraqi Army Brigade, he received a gunshot wound to the left arm. He returned home where he recovered and returned to his unit to serve as a Provincial Police Transition Team Chief. Next, he commanded 2-5th Cavalry Regiment before being severely wounded when his vehicle struck an IED. His awards include the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals.

Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Kirk Wallace

Lieutenant Colonel (RET) Kirk Wallace

LTC (R) Wallace received a commissioned through the University of Kansas ROTC in 1979 and branched Infantry in 1983. He attended the Airborne and Ranger schools. He held assignments with the 2/505 PIR of the 82nd Airborne Division, the 1-6th Infantry Regiment, the 1st Armored Division, the United States Military Academy, and at the United States Central Command in Tampa, FL. His final assignment was the Professor of Military Science, University of Missouri ROTC. He retired after a 25-year career.

 

Brigadier General (RET) John E. Seward

Brigadier General (RET) John E. Seward

BG (R) Seward is a 1980 graduate of the University of Missouri ROTC program and commissioned as an Air Defense Artillery Officer. His command experience includes: Commander, B Battery, 1-3rd Air Defense Artillery, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault); Deputy Commander, 69th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, Germany; Commander, 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 4th Air Defense Artillery; Commander, 108th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, XVIII Airborne Corps; Commandant, United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Fort Bliss, Texas; and Commanding General, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command at Fort Shafter, Hawaii. His military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit Medal (2OLC), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (4OLC), and Joint Service Commendation Medal.

Mr. Brett Allison

Mr. Brett Allison

Mr. Allison is an avid supporter of the University of Missouri and Kansas State University providing over 90 students the Allison scholarship since 2002. His clear demonstration of military support proud is evidenced by his membership on the advisory board of the United Service Organizations (USO) since 2011. His support to others extends beyond the military to include his community through his involvement as a member of the board of directors (99-02; 03-07) and later president (02-03) of the Manhattan, KS-based Flint Hills Bread Basket, a Community Food Network.