Hall of Fame

​​​​​​​ 

 

Click on the names below to view images and profiles of our Hall of Fame inductees.

Allen, Roger L.
Allen, Ronald C.
Andrews, Hans A.
Breithaupt, Arthur L.
Brenniman, Gary R.
Bronson, Richard M.
Brown, George P.
Bruce, Gene
Burley, Earl B.
Cartwright, Lawrence P.
Case, Donald S.
Clayton, George
Cully, John R., Jr.
Davenport, Theodore G.

Davis, Jeffrey C.
Dilday, Douglas L
Driest, Charles W.
Eggle, David J.
Gabrysiak, John Walter
Gallagher, Denise B.
Ghere, John R.
Harris, Philip R.
Haraburda, Scott
Hummel, Theodore W.
Iverson, George R.
Jenks, Thomas J.
Kesseler, Roger L.
Knapp, Michael G.
Kulhavi, John G.
Lazzaro, Gerald J.
Lewis, Terris C.
Love, James E.
May, Terry L.
McBride, Dan J.
Mester, Fred M.
Modrall, Nelson E.
Moore, Terence F.
Naffziger, Phyllis J.
Nolde, William B.
Oaks-Lee, InSung
Petersen, Philip A.
Prescott, James E
Putnam, John D.
Randolph, John W.
Richardson, Harold
Roberts, S. Dean
Robinson, Donald R.
Schmidt, Donald F.
Scott, Kenneth, G.
Serrin, Philip A., II
Sharp, Ronald L.
Smith, William R.
Sowle, William F., Jr
Soyak, John A.
Straffon, Nicholas L.
Swallow, Joseph P.
Swindlehurst, Genevieve M.
Talcott, W​illiam R.
Tennant, Albert G.
Ware, Robert A.
Warner, Lawrence E.
Westrick, Alton R.
Wetherell, Richard M.
Whittington, Matthew J.



 

Top of Page


 

Top of Page


 

Top of Page


 

Top of Page


 

Top of Page


 

Top of Page


 

Top of Page



Top of Page

 

Top of Page

 


 Hall of Fame
Donald S. Case
Inducted, Spring 2006
CMU ROTC: Class of 1960

Donald S. Case graduated from Central Michigan University in June, 1960. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army through CMU ROTC. He was branched Air Defense Artillery. Upon completing the Air Defense Officer Course at Fort Bliss, TX he remained as an instructor for 18 months, lecturing on Missile and Nuclear Warfare. On an overseas tour to Germany he commanded the First Support Control Platoon of a Missile Battery. He was released from active Army in 1965. In 1967 he began working for the Department of the Army as a Budget Analyst, an Economist, and as an Operations Research Analyst. In 1980 he was promoted to GS-14. In 1982 he was assigned as a Program Analyst supervisor in the Army Program Management Offices. This was followed with numerous assignments within the Program Management Offices. He retired from the Army (DAC) in 2001. He also worked as an Adjunct Professor of several colleges and universities, receiving a 28 year award for service from CMU in 2002. A founding member of the ROTC Alumni Association Chapter, he served as president for three years. His dedication to the CMU ROTC program is evident in his support for the Senior Cadet Army Field Trip each year to TACOM, in Warren Michigan.
“Donald S. Case is herby inducted into the CMU ROTC Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding service to the United States of America and Central Michigan University”.

 

Top of Page

 

Hall of Fame
Lawrence George Clayton
Inducted, Spring 2009
CMU ROTC: Class of 1958

George Clayton received his commission through CMU ROTC as a Second Lieutenant on June 8, 1958 and was branched into the Army Intelligence Community. Mr. Clayton would serve in the Military for the next 30 years, retiring at the rank of Colonel. COL Clayton served one tour in Germany and one in Vietnam. He was awarded medals for his service which include; the Bronze Star, Defense Meritorious Service and Meritorious Service Medal. During his time in the US Army Reserves he served as the Commander of HQ Company, and Company C, 10th Special Forces, and Commander of 428th MI DET (Strategic). COL Clayton is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the US Army War College.

Mr. Clayton worked as a civilian for the Defense Intelligence Agency, (DIA) and participated in the Iranian Hostage Rescue Mission and Desert Shield/Storm. He retired from the DIA in 1991 and moved to Traverse City Michigan, where he still resides. He is an avid bird hunter and served as the president of the Ruffed Grouse Society in Traverse City. Mr. Clayton and his wife of 50 years, Marykae have two children.
"Colonel George Clayton is hereby inducted into the CMU ROTC Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding service to Central Michigan University and the United States of America."

 

Top of Page


 


    


Central Michigan University
Hall of Fame
Douglas L. Dilday

Inducted, Spring 2010
CMU ROTC: Class of 1973

Douglas L. Dilday received his commission through CMU ROTC as a Second Lieutenant in August 1973 and was branched Armor in the United States Army Reserves. Major Dilday served the Military for 20 years, during this time he served both tank and armored cavalry units in the United States and Germany.

MAJ Dilday was selected for "Regular Army" during his third year of service. His military career includes Squadron Support Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, Squadron Motor Officer, Company Commander, Battalion S-3, Division G-3 Training Officer and Tank Battalion Advisor (for the Army National Guard) TRADOC Threat Analyst.

Military awards include; three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army commendation medals, and the German Endurance Medal (Gold).

After retiring from active duty on 31 May 1994, a career that started as a chance to sign up for the Army ROTC at CMU he has continued to serve his country. He has been a Director of Operations for the Midwest region of an Information Technology firm; he was also an independent training consultant for Army National Guard units. He is currently working for General Dynamics Information Technology, as a National Guard trainer to unit staffs preparing to deploy overseas.

Mr. Dilday and his wife Mary of 38 years, live in Overland Park, Kansas, they have two sons and two granddaughters.

"Douglas L. Dilday is herby inducted into the CMU ROTC Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding service to Central Michigan University and the United States of America"

 

Top of Page


 

Top of Page


 

Top of Page


 

Top of Page

Hall of Fame
B. Denise Gallagher
Inducted, Spring 2008
CMU ROTC: 13 Aug 1979-31 Jul 2007

Denise Gallagher joined the CMU ROTC in August 1979. She was hired as the Administrative Secretary for the Department of Military Science. She held this position as the first and only university employee for the next 28 years. Denise graduated from West Liberty State College in West Virginia with a BA in Elementary Education in 1962. She held teaching positions in Ohio and Connecticut (1963-1967). She moved to Mt. Pleasant when her husband accepted a teaching job at CMU in 1967 and while raising two children continued in the education field as substitute teacher and worked part time with mentally challenged adults (1969-1976). Over the 28 year period as the secretary for the Department, she became a member of the Military family. She served as the continuity in the program as she served with over 90 Cadre and 11 PMS’s as they completed duty tours through CMU ROTC. She had a great respect for the young men and women who chose to become officers and leaders in our great country. Like a mother hen, she tried to help, guide, and encourage them during their time in ROTC. Her proudest moments were seeing them succeed and commission. Her fondest memories were when alumni wrote, called or came back to visit their old alma mater and stopped by to say hi and share news of themselves and others. She witnessed 476 cadets commission and was a strong supporter of all the ROTC Alumni and dedicated to keeping them in contact with the current scene. In July 2007 she was made an honorary member of the “Michigan 22nd” the first CMU ROTC commissioning group, with whom she had worked with over the years.
“B. Denise Gallagher is hereby inducted into the CMU ROTC Hall of Fame in recognition of her outstanding service to Central Michigan University and the United States of America.”

Top of Page


 Hall of Fame
John R. Ghere
Inducted, Spring 2008
CMU ROTC: Class of 1958

John Ghere received his commission through CMU ROTC as a second lieutenant on August 3 1958. He was commissioned as a Cavalry Officer on active duty. Shortly after completion of officer basic course Mr. Ghere was selected for flight training where he was trained on fixed wing aircraft. When Mr. Ghere was assigned to the 11th Air Assault Division , he helped design the concept of helicopter weapons systems and air cavalry tactics. While Mr. Ghere served in Vietnam he accumulated 505 combat flying hours for a total of 5,000 hours in his career. In 1968 Mr. Ghere would join the Michigan National Guard where he would serve 20 years. During his time in the National Guard he would command the aviation unit in Grand Ledge for four years and was a key contributor to the development of the helicopter door gunner training and helicopter aerial rocket training at Camp Grayling. He also served on the Michigan State Headquarters staff as the State Civil Disturbance Operations Training Officer. In 1988 Mr. Ghere retired from the Michigan National Guard and joined the US Army Reserve where he was attached to the Michigan State Police as a Army Liaison Officer. He would remain there until his retirement in October 1994. Throughout his 36 years of service Mr. Ghere achieved the rank of Colonel and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with 23 OLC and the Army Commendation Medal. In 2006 Mr. Ghere was inducted into the Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame at the Kalamazoo Air Museum . Mr. Ghere taught school in Jackson Michigan. He owns over 600 acres of farm land on which he has built his own airfield. Mr. Ghere and his wife Barbara of 44 years, have two children and three grandchildren. The Ghere’s live in Onondaga, Michigan where they have resided for the past 42 years.

“John R. Ghere is hereby inducted into the CMU ROTC Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding service to Central Michigan University and the United States of America.”

Top of Page

Hall of Fame
Dr. Scott Haraburda
Inducted Spring 2011
CMU ROTC Class of 1983
A Distinguished Military Graduate commissioned in the Chemical Corps, Colonel Haraburda rose through the ranks in the US Army Reserve to command the 472nd Chemical Battalion and later
command the 464th Chemical Brigade. He earned a Masters and a Doctorate Degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan State University. He taught chemistry at West Point, ran the Army Science Board in the Pentagon, provided logistics in Kuwait, and graduated from the Army War College. Colonel Haraburda retired in 2010, earning the Legion of Merit for distinguished service. As deputy site project manager for the Newport Chemical Agent Disposal Facility in Indiana, he helped to successfully destroy the facility's entire VX nerve-agent stockpile. Dr. Haraburda was awarded two US patents and has authored numerous technical and management articles. At Induction, he is the Director of Manufacturing & Engineering for the Crane Army Ammunition Activity in Indiana. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in the State of Indiana.

In 2009, he received the Alan Rankin Award as member of the Terre Haute Children's Museum's
Board of Directors for outstanding community leadership in the Indiana Wabash Valley area.

"Colonel Scott S. Haraburda is hereby inducted into the CMU ROTC Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding service to the United States of America and Central Michigan University "




Hall of Fame
Theodore W. Hummel
Inducted, Spring 2009
CMU ROTC: Class of 1958
Colonel Theodore Hummel received his commission through CMU ROTC as a second lieutenant on January 26, 1958. In addition to being a part of the Chippewa Battalion, he played on the varsity baseball team at CMU where he lettered. He served in the Signal Corps while on active duty from May 1958 to May 1988. Highlights of his career were commanding American Soldiers at Detachment, Platoon, Company (2), Battalion and Brigade levels. He was the Commander of the US Army Information Systems Command (ISC) TRADOC, which included the ISC units on 17 Army installations. COL Hummel served numerous joint and NATO commands (LANDSOUTHEAST in Turkey Nov 62-May 65); Readiness/Strike Command at McDill AFB (Jun 71-Jun 73); US Forces in Berlin (Jun 78-Jun 79) as Berlin Signal Officers, and Deputy J-6, EUCOM Stuttgart, Germany (Jun 81 - Jun 84). He also served on the Army General Staff in the Pentagon.
COL Hummel's schooling includes the US Army Security Agency Basic Course, Signal Officer Basic Course; Infantry Career Course, Army's Cold Weather and Mountain school, Airborne and Jumpmaster school, Institute for Defense Analysis (with University of Maryland, National Security Management Course, Command and General Staff College (where he later was an instructor), CMU for a Master Degree in Business Management, and the US Army War College.
After retiring in May of 1988, COL Hummel pursued a career in the Commercial Real Estate field until his retirement in 2006. During that period he was the Rookie of the Year for the Midland Board of Realtors, obtained his Brokers License, and was designated as a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM). He served as a member of the Michigan Chapter #1 Realtors Land Institute and served as the Michigan Chapter President for one year.
COL Hummel was a Boy Scout leader, a member of the township Board of Review for 13 years, served on several Church Committees, and was a member of Pershing Rifle Drill Team.
Military awards include; the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star w/3 Oak Leaf Clusters; Meritorious Service Medal w/2 OLC; Air Medal; Joint Service Commendation Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Army Occupation Medal (Berlin); National Defense Service Medal and Vietnam Service Medal w/4 Bronze Stars, Parachutist Badge and the Army General Staff Badge.

Theodore and his wife Shirley live in Sanford Michigan

     "Theodore W. Hummel is hereby inducted into the CMU ROTC Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding service to Central Michigan University and the United States of America"


Top of Page


Top of Page



Top of Page


 

Top of Page

Michael G. Knapp Michael G. Knapp
Inducted, Spring 2014
CMU ROTC: Class of 1978

  Awarded an Army ROTC Scholarship, earned a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Arts (History Major) and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Military Intelligence Corps in May 1978. He served in positions greater than his rank throughout his military career, on active duty in Germany and Texas from 1978 to 1983, and Virginia Army National Guard from 1985-1986 and 1988-1995. Major Knapp retired from the Army Reserve in May 2002 after having served as an intelligence officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency and the Army's National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC), where he continues to serve as a civilian intelligence analyst. He was inspired to learn and teach about Islam and the extremists who distort it and continue to threaten us immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US and began lecturing about these subjects in early 2004. Since then, Mr. Knapp has spoken widely and frequently on his own initiative to US Military and Government elements deploying to Iraq, adult and senior citizens in his local community, ROTC cadets and college students throughout central Virginia and in Michigan, including CMU. He is married to the former Katharine Pumphrey, and between them they have three daughters and three sons.

"Michael G. Knapp is hereby inducted into the CMU ROTC Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding service to the United States of America and Central Michigan University."


Top of Page


Top of Page

 

Top of Page


Terris C. LewisCentral Michigan University
Reserve Officer's Training Corps
Hall of Fame
Terris C. Lewis
Inducted, Spring 2007
CMU ROTC: Class of 1959

Terris C. Lewis graduated from Central Michigan University in 1959. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army through CMU ROTC. Branched Military Police Corps he served Active Duty until September 1980. His overseas duty included Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers-Europe (SHAPE) 1961-65 and Vietnam (1968-69). Highlights of his military career were serving as MP Battalion Commander (1976-78); serving as Director of Security for the US Army Missile Command and Redstone Arsenal, Alabama from 1978-80. He retired in 1980 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He began his civilian career as Corporate Director of Security for Teledyne Brown Engineering (1980-87) where his office was involved with classified work for the US Army. In 1987 he was hired by CAS, Inc. to re-establish its security program. He remained as Corporate Director of Security as well as being ethics manager until 1997. During his tenure at Teledyne and CAS he taught security classes at two local colleges. He established and served as chairman of the Mid-South Chapter of American Society for Industrial Security and the Huntsville Industrial Security Awareness Council. In 1997 he took a consultant position with CAS MEADS until full retirement in 1999.
"Terris C. Lewis is hereby inducted into the CMU ROTC Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding service to Central Michigan University and the United States of America."
 

Top of Page


 

Top of Page


Top of Page



Top of Page


Top of Page


Top of Page


Top of Page


Top of Page


 
InSung Oaks LeeInSung Oaks Lee
Inducted, Spring 2013
CMU ROTC: Class of 1973

 
MAJ (Ret) InSung Oaks Lee commissioned from CMU ROTC in 1973 as an Armor Officer. He served 21 years as an Armor Officer with tours in several mainland installations, Hawaii, Korea, and Germany as a Platoon Leader, Company Commander, Operations/Logistics, and Intelligence Officer, Battalion Executive Officer, and Military Attaché.  His tours include assignments at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) as a Military Branch Chief where he was awarded the Legion of Merit for his work at the DIA and Pentagon; Senior Intelligence Officer at the USMC Intelligence Activity; as a civil service Senior Intelligence Officer in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Defense POW/MIA Office, he was nominated and graduated from the prestigious U.S. Army War College; Senior Intelligence Officer at the Transportation Security Administration; and culminated his military and civil service as the Deputy Chief of Operations at the Department of Homeland Security, National Operations Center.

 
His current religious and community voluntary services include: An ordained Bishop, a Chaplain at the Camp Rotary Boy Scout Camp, and a member of the Planning Commission for the city of Harrison, Michigan and an Assistant Football Coach for Harrison High School.

 
His accomplishments are outstanding to both the Military and the Community. Mr. Lee  and his wife Beverly (nee German) have been married for the past 41 years,  they have five children and seven grandchildren.​

 
Top of Page

 

 

 

Top of Page


James E. PrescottJ​ames E. Prescott
Inducted, Spring 2014
CMU ROTC: Class of 1972

Graduated in May 1972 in Business Administration. Colonel Prescott was commissioned in the Adjutant General Corps. He also holds a MS Degree in Education from Duquesne University and a MA Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College.  Assignments during his 30 year career include: Admin and Project Officer, US Army Combat Arms Training Board, Fort Benning, GA; Executive Officer, Chief Personnel Management and Records Divisions, 261st Personnel Services Company, Germany;  Adjutant General Advisor, US Army Readiness Group, Oakdale, PA; Chief, Personnel Management Assistance System Team and Field Services Division, 8th Personnel Command, Korea; Deputy J1, US Forces Caribbean, Key West, FL, Commander, Miami Military Entrance Processing Station, Miami, FL; Chief, Protocol Office, US Army War College, Carlisle, PA; Commander, 46th Adjutant General Battalion (Reception), Fort Knox, KY; Deputy Commander, 1st Personnel Command, Germany; Deputy Chief of Staff Personnel, USAREUR Forward, Hungary during Operation Joint Endeavor in the Balkans; Deputy Chief of Staff Personnel G1, 5th Signal Command, Germany; and Deputy Chief of Staff Personnel G1, US Army Recruiting Command, Fort Knox, KY.

In 2002, Colonel Prescott became the first Senior Army Instructor for JROTC at Center Line HS, Center Line, MI, serving until 2013. He is married to Leanne M. Prescott (Richeson), CMU Class of 1972, and they have two sons and one daughter.

"James Prescott is hereby inducted into the CMU ROTC Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding service to Central Michigan University and the United States of America."


 

 

 

Top of Page

 

 
Paul W. Quigley
Hall of Fame
Inducted, Spring 2007
CMU ROTC class of 1969

Paul W. Quigley graduated from Central Michigan University in 1969. He received his commission as Second Lieutenant in the United States Army through CMU ROTC; he was branched Quartermaster Corps. During 1969-1971 he attended Graduate School at CMU (1969-1971) and was assistant instructor in Invertebrate Zoology. Upon completion of Officer Basic Quartermaster Course in 1972 he served in various duty positions at the 775th Light Equipment Maintenance Company in Battle Creek, MI from Platoon Leader, to Executive Officer, to Company Commander. He completed Advanced Quartermaster Course at Ft. Lee in 1981 and took the position of Supply Officer for 406th Maintenance Battalion, Ann Arbor, MI until 1985. In 1985 he accepted an Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) position at Fort Lee, VA, as Logistics Officer, Troop Command Mobilizing Brigade. He was promoted to Deputy Director of Logistics, USA Garrison at For Lee in 1992 and attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During his military tenure he also taught at Lakewood Public Schools, Lake Odessa, MI (1972-2001) where he received Teacher of the Year Awards in 1985, 1990, and 2001. His military awards include MSM, ARCOM, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal with 2 OLC, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.

"Paul W. Quigley is hereby inducted into the CMU ROTC Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding service to the United States of America and Central Michigan University."

 

 Top of Page


Harold N. Richardson  Hall of Fame
Harold N. Richardson
Inducted, Spring 2011
CMU ROTC: Class of 1965
Commissioned as an Ordnance Officer in January 1965, he served 27 Years on Active Duty rising to the rank of Colonel becoming one of the nations' foremost experts in Air and Missile Defense Systems. After his first Assignment with the 21st Support Group in Korea, he served in various logistics, research and development, and staff coordinating assignments related to the advancement of Army Air and Missile Defense capabilities. His assignments include: Advisor to South Korean Air Defense Brigade in Seoul; Maintenance Company Commander for an Air Defense Battalion; Deputy G4 then G4, of the 32nd Army Air Defense Command; TRADOC Air Defense Training Device Program Officer; the Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Research, Development, and Acquisition, Missiles and Munitions Division responsible for coordinating all Patriot Air Defense International Programs, the Army Anti-Tactical Missile Program, and the Corps SAM Program. He culminated his career on active duty being the First Director of the Theater Missile Defense Programs for the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization for the Department of Defense from 1987-1992.

 
After retiring, he continued to use his expertise in support of the nation first as the Director of the International Program Office for Bunyard Enterprises in support of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, and later as a Senior Analyst for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). He is recognized for creating the annual Multinational BMD Conference and Exhibition that will convene its 23rd event in 2011 in Denmark.

"Harold N. Richardson is hereby inducted into the CMU ROTC Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding service to Central Michigan University and the United States of America.


 
S. Dean Roberts Hall of Fame
S. Dean Roberts
Inducted, Spring 2011
CMU ROTC: Class of 1955ame
A Distinguished Military Graduate of the first CMU ROTC graduating class. Commissioned into Field Artillery, served ten years in the US Army Reserve in the 70th and 83rd Infantry Divisions as a Company FO, BN S3 and a Battery Commander.  In 1958 he joined the Commerce Paper Company in Toledo, OH as a salesman. Utilizing a superior work ethic and leadership skills, he rapidly rose through the company as Sales Manager, Vice President, President, and later as the Owner and Chairman of the Board. He served on advisory councils of some of the world's largest paper manufacturers earning a Golden Eagle Award for service by the National Paper Trade Association.

 
A community leader in the city of Toledo for more than 50 years, Dean Roberts' efforts directly improved thousands of lives. His service includes: Vice President of the Church Council at St. Paul's Lutheran Church; the JAYCEEs, including being named the 1965 JAYCEE of the Year; Chair of the Disabilities Service Committee for the Rotary Club, 9th largest in the world; served on board of directors for numerous organizations benefiting the mentally handicapped; and at time of induction is completing 57 consecutive years as a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America including being awarded the coveted Silver Beaver Award.

"S. Dean Roberts is hereby inducted into the CMU ROTC Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding service to Central Michigan University and the United States of America."


 Top of Page


Donald R. Robinson Hall of Fame
Inducted Spring 2010
Donald R. Robinson
CMU ROTC: Class of 1976
 
Lieutenant Colonel Donald Robinson received his commission through the CMU ROTC program as a second lieutenant in December, 1976. He served in the Adjutant General Corps while on active duty from January 1977 through February 1997.
  Highlights of his military career include his 2 overseas assignments (in 569th Personnel Services Company, Neu Ulm, Germany and in the 2nd Infantry Division Headquarters, Camp Casey, Korea) his Command of the New Orleans Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) and his 3 assignments in the District of Columbia. He served in the Pentagon, in the front office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel (DCSPER) and earned his Army Staff badge during that tour of duty. His most rewarding assignment was while serving as the Vice Commander of the Defense Courier Service under the National Security Council.
   LTC Robinson's schooling includes the US Army Adjutant General Basic and Advanced Courses, the Army Officer's Automated Data Processing Course, Command and General Staff College (where he later was an instructor), and CMU for a Master's Degree from the Kansas City Missouri Campus in Administration.
   After retiring from the Army in February 1997, LTC Robinson helped establish and later run a rehabilitation school for adjudicated teen aged young men. In 2004 he became the Senior Army Instructor for Grand Rapids Public School's Creston High School Junior ROTC Program.
   Military awards include; The Defense Superior Service Medal, The Legion of Merit, The Defense Meritorious Service Medal, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, The Joint Service Commendation Medal, 2 Army Commendation Medals, The Joint Service Achievement Medal, 2 Army Achievement Medals, The National Defense Service Medal, The Korea Defense Service Medal, The Armed Forces Service Medal, The Army Service Ribbon, 2 Army Overseas Ribbons, and The Army General Staff Badge.
   Don and his wife Theresa were married in 1974 while attending CMU and now reside in Byron Center, Michigan.
 
"Lieutenant Colonel Donald R. Robinson is hereby inducted into the CMU ROTC Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding service to Central Michigan University and the United States of America."

 

Top of Page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top of Page

 
William R. SmithHall of Fame
William R. Smith
Inducted, Spring 2007
CMU ROTC Class of 1965
William R. Smith graduated from Central Michigan University in August, 1965. He received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army through CMU ROTC. Branched Armor, he entered active duty in 1967. He completed Armor Officer Basic and Aviation School and was assigned to 17th Air Cavalry in Vietnam. He scouted in the 25th and the Ninth Infantry Divisions. Returning to the US he served various positions including Instructor in Primary Helicopter School, Command and Staff positions in: the 1st Squadron, 10th Armored Cavalry; the U.S. Army Recruiting Command; the First Cavalry Division; the 6th Air Cavalry Combat Brigade; and the thirteenth Aviation Battalion. He served as a General Staff Officer in Second Infantry Division in Korea. Major Smith retired in June 1987. He received 32 personal decorations during his military career, including 3 for Valor, 25 for Meritorious Achievement and 4 for Meritorious Service (including the Hughes' Combat Aviation Award). His civilian career included serving as the State of Maryland Program Manager for the Chemical Stockpile Emergency Preparedness Program (CSEPP) from 1995 to 2005, responsible for the provision of maximum protection to the general public and the environment in the surrounding area of the Edgewood Chemical Activity at Aberdeen Proving Grounds. He received a U.S. Army Leadership Award and department of Homeland Security Memento (coin) for his service in the CSEPP.



Ron_Sharp.jpg Ronald L. Sharp
Inducted, Spring 2015
CMU ROTC Class of 1965

A graduate from CMU in June, 1965 with a B.S. degree in chemistry and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Chemical Corps through CMU ROTC.  He returned to CMU and received a master's degree in chemistry in 1970.  COL Sharp served on active duty from 1966 through 1968 at the Watertown Arsenal and the Army Materials and Mechanics Research Center in Boston, MA.  Following his release from activity duty, he continued to serve in the United States Army Reserve. COL Sharp served as a Battalion Motor Officer, Reconnaissance Survey Officer, Intelligence Officer, Operations Officer and Headquarters Battery Commander in the 4th Battalion 38th Field Artillery.  He served as a Battalion Executive Officer, Battalion Commander, Assistant Chief of Staff G-3, and Brigade Commander in the 70th Division (Training).
 

His decorations and service medals, and badges include the Meritorious service medal with two oak leaf clusters; Army commendation medal,; Army reserve components achievement medal with five oak leaf cluster; National defense service medal, Armed forces reserve medal and hour glass, and an Army service ribbon. 

In 1971 he joined the faculty at Delta College where is currently a professor of chemistry. 

COL Sharp and his wife Priscilla (Pixie) live in Bay City Michigan.


 
 


Hall of Fame
William F. Sowle, Jr.
Inducted, Spring 2002
CMU ROTC : Class of 1955

William F. Sowle graduated from Central Michigan College of Education in 1955 as a Distinguished Military Graduate and received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Artillery branch through CMU ROTC. He served in Germany with a 280mm Gun Battalion for two years and returned to Michigan where he was active in the Army Reserve for nine years, retiring with the rank of Captain. He joined his father in the moving business in Mount Pleasant where he was active in both church and community organizations. He served as Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus and was a scoutmaster. He was President of the Lions Club, his Church Council, the Michigan Movers Association, and the State YMCA of Michigan. His honors include Sacred Heart Academy Alumnus of the year, Mount Pleasant Citizen of the Year and Mover of the Year. He was the first President of the CMU ROTC Alumni Association. He is currently President of Sowle-Mayflower Moving & Storage in Mount Pleasant.

 
“William F. Sowle, Jr. is hereby inducted into the CMU ROTC Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding service to the United States of America, the State of Michigan, and Central Michigan University.”

​ 

John A. Soyak 

 

 Top of Page

Nicholas L. Straffon 

 

 

Joseph P. Swallow 

 

 

Genevieve M. Swindlehurst 

 
William R. Talcott William R. Talcott
Inducted, Spring 2014​
CMU ROTC: Class of 1966

 
A Distinguished Military Graduate, he completed his Masters Degree in Business Administration at Western Michigan University in 1967. H​e entered active duty in February 1968 and completed Infantry Officer Basic, Airborne School and Ranger School.

 
In November 1968 Lieutenant Talcott was sent to Vietnam where he served with the 3rd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne Division for 11 months. He was a Rifle Platoon Leader for 3 months, a Reconnaissance Platoon Leader for 5 months and Assistant S-3 for the 1st Battalion 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment for 3 months, and returned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina with the 3rd Brigade. He was promoted to Captain and completed his 3 year tour of duty as an Assistant S-3 with the 3rd Brigade.

 
Captain Talcott's awards and decorations include: Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart, two Bronze Stars for Valor, one Bronze Star for Service, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Silver Star, Ranger Tab and Parachute Badge.

 
He spent the next 40 years in sales and sales management positions in the employee benefits business. He continued to serve Veterans as a member of VFW Post 9400 in Phoenix, Arizona where he has been their Hospital Chairman. In that capacity he has been instrumental in raising many thousands of dollars to assist hospitalized Veterans and to support the VFW National Home for Children in Eaton Rapids, Michigan. At the Phoenix VA he serves as master of ceremonies at monthly entertainment events, volunteers over 500 hours per year in Guest Services and serves as a Volunteer Services Representative. He has provided similar service at the Arizona State Veteran Home where he has led development projects. He recently  was a guest speaker in the Nolde Lecture Series at Central Michigan University.

"William R. Talcott is hereby inducted into the CMU ROTC Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding service to Central Michigan University and the United States of America."



Tennant.gif

​Albert G. Tennant
Inducted, Spring 20145
Class of 1955

A graduate of the first CMU ROTC graduating class. Commissioned into Field Artillery, served ten years in the 765th and 771st Field Artillery Battalions in various assignments, Executive Officer, Artillery Maneuvers Umpire, Supply Officer and Safety Officer. Al was one of the first to ever see and hear the 280mm cannon fired at the first firing at Ft. Sill OK in the 1950's.

Al continued his education earning a Master's Degree from Michigan State in 1960, and a year of graduate school at The University of Michigan. He has been a coach, high school, elementary, and special education teacher. He was also one of the first school psychologist and intermediate school district director for special education in Michigan. During his 35 years of education Al had several opportunities to become a school superintendent, but he decided the job of special education director was where he could serve many people who were unserved. Al received many honors and awards including President Fords appointed as a Michigan education representative to a conference on the Employment of the Handicapped that was held in Washington D.C. He was a founding member of the National Association of School Psychologist.

He was a volunteer on mental health, sheltered workshops, juvenile court issues, and chaired multiple parent teacher and school activities. 

Al is married to Virginia (Borkowski) and they live in Holland Michigan. They have one son Robert.


Top of Page

Robert A. Ware


Robert A. Ware
Inducted, Spring 2015
Class of 1983

A commissioned officer in Field Artillery Corps in 1983. His military education incudes the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, Airborne and Air Assault schools. 

Major Ware served as Fire Direction Officer, Battery Executive Officer, Artillery Battalion in Bamberg Germany, Commander of HHSB Battery, Assistant Operations Officer, Field Artillery Team Chief with Readiness Group Sheridan. In 1993 he left active duty and became a full time Officer with the Illinois National Guard where he was Executive Officer for the 105mm towed howitzer Battalion in Chicago. Executive Officer and instructor for the ROTC program at Southern Illinois University where he also earned his Masters of Science in Education.

Major Ware retired from military service in 2003 and returned to Marne Michigan where he has been with ROTC at Western Michigan University as Scholarship and Enrollment Officer. He became a JROTC instructor for Grand Rapids Public Schools. His assignment was Senior Army Instructor of Ottawa

Hills Highs School. His current assignment is as the Senior Army Instructor at Union High School.

His awards and decorations include the Army Meritorious Service two oak leaf cluster, the Army Commendation Medal three oak leaf cluster, the Army Achievement medal three oak leaf cluster and the Parachutists Badge and Air Assault Badge.

MAJ Ware met his wife Cheryl at CMU and they married in 1982. They have two children Kelsey and Caitlin. 

 

 

 

 Top of Page

  

Alton WestrickAlton R. Westrick
Inducted, Spring 2008
CMU ROTC: Class of 1958

Alton Westrick received his commission through CMU ROTC as a second lieutenant on June 8, 1958 and was branched into the Army intelligence community. Mr. Westrick would serve in the military over the next 20 years, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. During his military career, Mr. Westrick served in Korea three times and completed one tour in Vietnam. He was awarded medals for his service to our nation, which include  the Legion of Merit, Bronze star, Army Commendation medal, and numerous Vietnam specific medals. After completing 20 years  of service in the Military,  Mr. Westrick  continued  to dedicated himself, serving his country as a civilian  during the next two decades. In 1982 Mr. Westrick graduated with honors in the Industrial Security Course from the Defense Industrial Security School. He served 10 years as an International  Security Specialist and was recognized by the Department of Defense for his hard work and achievements.  Continuing  in his field of work, Mr. Westrick spent 12 years as a Foreign Ownership Control and Influence Specialist, where he would ensure the security of classified documents between foreign and domestic firms.  Mr. Westrick is enjoying his retirement with his wife, four daughters, and  five granddaughters.   
 
 “Alton R. Westrick is hereby inducted into the CMU ROTC Hall of Fame in recognition of his outstanding service to Central Michigan University and the United States of America.”

          

 

 

 

 

​ 

​​​

​ 

Contact US
ContactUs