The CGSC Foundation has selected Col. (Ret.) Roger Donlon, Medal of Honor recipient and a founding trustee of the CGSC Foundation, as the Person of the Month for September 2019.
Donlon is also a former CGSC instructor and continues to support Foundation and College events each year in the Fort Leavenworth and Kansas City area. He was also inducted to the Fort Leavenworth Hall of Fame in 1995 and in 2008 he donated his medal to the College to be put on display with his shadow box already on display in the atrium of the Lewis and Clark Center.
“You can’t visit CGSC and Fort Leavenworth and not be aware of the history here,” said Foundation President/CEO Rod Cox. “And having a living recipient of the Medal of Honor walk these halls, attend and present awards at CGSC graduations, and be a part of our own Foundation’s history as a founding trustee is an honor. Roger and Norma Donlon are proverbial pillars of our community.”
The Foundation last honored Roger and Norma with a luncheon in December 2014 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his award of the Medal of Honor, which President Lyndon B. Johnson presented to him on Dec. 5, 1964.
“We see Roger and Norma here at CGSC for all the major events like the annual flag ceremonies and graduations,” said Cox, “but we just wanted to use our Person of the Month recognition as a small way to remind Roger and Norma and the entire community that we’re tremendously proud of his service to the nation, to the College and to the Foundation.”
As commander of Detachment A-376, U.S. Army Special Forces, then-Capt. Donlon and his 12-man team successfully defended a small American outpost at Camp Nam Dong, Republic of Vietnam, on July 6, 1964. During five excruciating hours, in the inferno of a desperate night battle, Donlon and his men held off a reinforced battalion of Viet Cong and North Vietnamese regular army forces. For his valor at Nam Dong, Donlon became the first American Soldier of the Vietnam War to be awarded the Medal of Honor and the first U.S. Army Special Forces soldier so honored. See the Medal of Honor Society web page for Donlon’s citation. Donlon’s book Beyond Nam Dong recounts the events of that day and more.
We are more than honored and proud to recognize Col. (Ret.) Roger H.C. Donlon as the CGSC Foundation’s “Person of the Month” for September 2019, for all of his contributions to the nation, the College and the CGSC Foundation.