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Army ROTC to Honor Heroes

The University of Missouri Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 2 at 10:00 a.m. in front of Crowder Hall. The Hall of Fame was established to recognize alumni, staff, and supporters of MU’s ROTC program who have distinguished themselves through service to the nation and the community.

To be eligible for induction, one must have been involved with the MU Army ROTC at some point and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Made significant contributions to the community and society
  2. Provided extraordinary service to the Army ROTC program and/or the MU ROTC program
  3. Achieved national or state prominence
  4. Sacrificed his or her life in national defense and/or has been sighted for bravery posthumously

Meet the 2013 inductees:

Brigadier General Randy A. Alewel is a 1983 graduate of the ROTC program. He received a bachelor’s degree in animal science from MU. He has served 30 years in the United States Army and is currently the Missouri Army National Guard land component commander.  

Retired Colonel Russell D. Shelden graduated from the ROTC program in 1942. He supported combat operations during World War II, most notably in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a laboratory technician.

Retired Colonel Larry W. Matthews is a 1971 graduate of the ROTC program and received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture from MU. He served over 30 years on active duty as an infantry and quartermaster officer.

Captain Roy V. Gray graduated from the ROTC program in 1953. He was commissioned as a field artillery officer and was killed in action on April 27, 1970, in support of the Vietnam War.

Command Sergeant Major Kevin J. Griffin was a senior military science instructor for the MU ROTC program in 2004 and 2005. He enlisted in 1988. Griffin was killed in action on Aug. 8, 2012, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

By Laura Lindsey, College of Arts and Science
October 21, 2013