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Military Hall of Fame was a Success

Published date: November 22, 2016

During the 2016 Homecoming festivities, the Virginia State University (VSU) Military Alumni Association inducted a new class into their distinguished Hall of Fame.  Seventeen prestigious VSU graduates whose contributions reflect great credit upon the university, the ROTC program, and themselves were inducted. Of the 1,638 graduates of the program, these men and women join the elite ranks of the 169 current members of the Hall of Fame.  VSU President Dr. Makola M. Abdullah extended his gratitude and stated that he is “proud of the alumni and the many accomplishments they have attained.”  

Information about the inductees are as follows:   

  • Brigadier General Alfred F. Abramson III (1988) was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Chemical Corps. He received a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
  • Dr. Cortez K. Dial (2014) has had an extensive career at VSU. He was the VSU Professor of Military Science before he became the director of Residence Life, assistant vice president for Student Affairs, chief of staff and is currently an associate professor in the Mass Communication Department.
  • Colonel Donald W. Edwards, Jr. (1990) was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Aviation Branch. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in business information systems from VSU.
  • Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Eugene A. Freeman (1960) was commissioned in the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant. He received his Bachelor’s degree in agronomy.
  • Mr. Charlie Hill (1966) earned a Bachelor’s degree in economics.  Mr. Hill participated in the ROTC while at VSU and went on to have a successful career in business.  He is now a member of the VSU Board of Visitors.
  • Colonel Samuel E. Licorish, Jr. (1987) was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Infantry Corps. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.
  • Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Franklyn G. Matthews (1968) was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Infantry. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial management.
  • Colonel (Retired) Harry P. Marshall, Sr. (1952) was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve. He received a Bachelor of Science degree.
  • Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Thomas Wilson Montague (1954) was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Corps of Engineers. He earned his Bachelor of Science in agriculture education degree from VSU.
  • Major (Retired) Willie C. Randall (1976) was commissioned into the United States Army Quartermaster Corps. Major (Retired) Randall is a former VSU Board of Visitors member.
  • Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Darryl Wesley Sharp, Sr. (1989) was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Infantry. He is a Distinguished Military graduate of VSU with a degree in biology
  • Colonel Easter K. Sharpe (1987) was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Adjutant General’s Corps. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.
  • Colonel Benny L. Starks, Jr. (1991) enlisted in the Army and served at Fort Bragg, NC. He was later commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army’s Quartermaster Corps. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work.
  • Colonel William L. Thigpen (1992) was commissioned as an Armor officer. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in public administration.
  • Colonel James E. Walker (1994) was commissioned as an Armor Officer and later transferred to the Military Intelligence Corps. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology.
  • Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Claude A. Wood, US Army (1977) was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the infantry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.
  • Captain (Retired) Posey R. Young (1967) was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry. He graduated with a B.S. degree in industrial arts education.

During the ceremony, Lieutenant Colonel David Johnson, professor of Military Science, stated, “Every one of the inductees is a hero and role model to me, countless junior officers and cadets. Their achievements in the military and business community are only seconded by their commitment to honoring the reputation of Virginia State University.”

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