The Army Aviation Hall of Fame
 

          As historians began to document the many battles of the Vietnam War, it became known as the �Helicopter War.� From the first significant involvement of the U.S. military in 1961, to the departure of U.S. forces in 1973, battlefield operations became heavily dependent upon Army aviation and especially the helicopter. Acts of bravery, flying skill and battle leadership became commonplace, but by no means ordinary. The leadership of the Army Aviation Association, at the recommendation of COL Ted Crozier, concluded in 1973 that an AAAA-sponsored Army Aviation Hall of Fame should be established to honor those persons who have made an outstanding contribution over an extended period, or a truly exceptional achievement, and to record those individuals and acts for posterity. The Army Aviation Hall of Fame (AAHOF) honors not just flying heroes but all commissioned, warrant and non-commissioned officers and Soldiers, and civilians from government and industry who have contributed to Army aviation.

          In the early years nominees were selected for a particular period in Army aviation history such as the Prior to 1942 Period, the 1942-1949 Period, the 1950-1959 Period and the 1960-1969 Period. The same procedures were followed in 1975 and 1976 by the selection committee chaired by COL Rudolph D. Descoteau.

          On July 17, 1976 the National Executive Board (NEB) created the AAHOF Board of Trustees (BOT), with retired GEN Hamilton H. Howze as chairman and abolished the period-centric nomination process. This BOT selected seven individuals to be honored with AAHOF induction in June 1977 at Fort Rucker, Ala. and decided to use a three-year cycle with induction ceremonies occurring during AAAA conventions every third year. LTG Robert Williams, Ret. served as chairman for the 1992 and 1995 inductions and retired MG George W. Putnam, Jr., conducted the 1998 and 2001 inductions. As time passed, the five-year AAAA membership requirement for voting eligibility was eventually reduced to two years of membership in 1992, and finally eliminated in 2001.

          The selection and induction process changed significantly in 2007. The voting process now involves all 68 AAAA chapter presidents and the 45 members of the National Executive Board. The Chapter Presidents linkage to the membership at large represents a viable link to every AAAA member. This gives the Board renewed confidence in the integrity of the process through this �view from the field�.

          The AAHOF Board of Trustees decided that beginning in 2008, the induction would become an annual event to focus more attention on the AAHOF each year and on the induction of just a few selectees. This encouraged more frequent and better nominations, especially from our current generation of warfighters; allowed for acceptance speeches (not done since 1989); and provided an opportunity for pictures and videos of the inductees. The annual suspense date for nominations is 1 May.

          Please help us, through your nominations, to recognize those persons who have made an outstanding contribution to Army Aviation through all the years but especially in OEF and OIF and especially in the lower ranks.

          MG Ben Harrison, Chairman. Trustees: LTG Ellis D. Parker, MG George W. Putnam, MG Richard E. Stephenson, Col (Dr.) Hal Kushner, Col John W. Marr, Dr. Harry S. Robertson, CW5 Randolph W. Jones, CW5 Mary Cara Smalley, CSM Willy Wilson, and SGM Kenneth G. Rich.
 

Nominations


 

Denotes Medal of Honor Recipient
What is the Medal of Honor?

The Medal of Honor is awarded by the President in the name of Congress to a person who, while a member of the military, distinguishes himself or herself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life or her life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

The deed performed must have been one of personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his comrades and must have involved risk of life. Incontestable proof of the performance of the service will be exacted and each recommendation for the award of this decoration will be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.

Extracted from: Chapter 3-6, Army Regulation 600-8-22 (Military Awards) dated 25 February 1995.

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Name Date and Place Inducted
MAJ William E. Adams  May 26, 1990, Fort Rucker, AL 

COL James C. Adamson

11 May 2007, Atlanta, GA

MG Ronald K. Andreson

11 May 2007, Atlanta, GA

LTG Teddy G. Allen     March 25, 2004 Nashville, TN
MSG John H. Bae   2001, Charlotte, NC
BG John C. Bahnsen Jr. 11 May 2007, Atlanta, GA
MSG Roy P. Benavidez March 25, 2004 Nashville, TN
LTC Arthur W. Barr  April 11, 1980, Atlanta, GA 
MG George S. Beatty, Jr. April 9, 1992, Atlanta, GA 
Lawrence D. Bell December 4, 1986, Fort Rucker, AL 
GEN Frank S. Besson, Jr. December 4, 1986, Fort Rucker, AL 

COL Norman M. Bissell

11 May 2007, Atlanta, GA
MG Patrick H. Brady  May 26, 1990, Fort Rucker, AL 
CPT William P. Brake (P) April 9, 1992, Atlanta, GA 
MAJ Delbert L. Bristol June 5, 1976, Fort Rucker, AL 
BG William B. Bunker June 6, 1974, Fort Rucker, AL 
LTG Allen M. Burdett, Jr. April 11, 1980, Atlanta, GA 
CW4 James T. Burnette April 6, 1989, Atlanta, GA 
BG Charles E. Canedy March 30, 1995, Atlanta, GA 
COL Robert F. Cassidy April 2, 1998, Charlotte, NC
LTC Bruce Crandall March 25, 2004 Nashville, TN
CW4 E. M. Cook April 11, 1980, Atlanta, GA 
Joseph P. Cribbins April 11, 1980, Atlanta, GA 
COL Ted A. Crozier April 6, 1989, Atlanta, GA 
BG John N. Dailey 2001, Charlotte, NC
CW2 Jerome R. Daly April 8, 1983, Atlanta, GA 
CW3 Frederick E. Ferguson April 8, 1983, Atlanta, GA 

CW5 Robert R. Fladry

11 May 2007, Atlanta, GA
COL E. Pearce Fleming, Jr. April 8, 1983, Atlanta, GA 
COL William W. Ford June 14, 1975, Fort Rucker, AL 
MAJ Marion J. Fortner April 8, 1983, Atlanta, GA 
CW4 Raymond A. Frank March 30, 1995, Atlanta, GA 
MAJ Ed W. Freeman   March 25, 2004 Nashville, TN
SP5 Dennis M. Fujii March 25, 2004 Nashville, TN
CW4 Bill J. Fulbright 2001, Charlotte, NC
COL John C. Geary April 6, 1989, Atlanta, GA 
MAJ O. Glenn Goodhand June 14, 1975, Fort Rucker, AL 
MSG Gary I. Gordon  March 30, 1995, Atlanta, GA 
1LT Gerald D. Green   2001, Charlotte, NC
LTC Michael C. Grimm March 25, 2004 Nashville, TN
CW4 Robert L. Hamilton December 4, 1986, Fort Rucker, AL 
MG James F. Hamlet April 8, 1983, Atlanta, GA
CW4 William T. Hargrove, Sr. April 2, 1998, Charlotte, NC
MG Benjamin L. Harrison  April 9, 1992, Atlanta, GA 
COL Frank L. Henry April 9, 1992, Atlanta, GA 
Stanley Hiller, Jr. April 6, 1989, Atlanta, GA 
LTC William A. Howell   2001, Charlotte, NC
GEN Hamilton H. Howze June 6, 1974, Fort Rucker, AL 
CW3 Jon A. Iseminger April 9, 1992, Atlanta, GA 

MG Joseph N. Jaggers Jr.

11 May 2007, Atlanta, GA
CW5 Randolph W. Jones April 2, 1998, Charlotte, NC
CW4 Donald R. Joyce December 4, 1986, Ft Rucker, AL 
Bartram Kelley March 30, 1995, Atlanta, GA 
MAJ Charles L. Kelly June 14, 1975, Fort Rucker, AL 
CSM Lawrence E. Kennedy June 4, 1977, Fort Rucker, AL 
MG Richard D. Kenyon  2001, Charlotte, NC
SSG/CPT James T. Kerr April 9, 1992, Atlanta, GA 
Arthur and Dorothy Kesten June 14, 1975, Fort Rucker, AL 
LTG Harry W. O. Kinnard June 6, 1974, Fort Rucker, AL 
CW5 Stephen T. Knowles II 11 May 2007, Atlanta, GA
Dr Hal Kushner  2001, Charlotte, NC
PFC Garfield M. Langhorn  April 2, 1998, Charlotte, NC
SPC Joseph G. LaPointe April 2, 1998, Charlotte, NC
BG Robert M. Leich June 4, 1977, Fort Rucker, AL 
COL Robert F. Litle, Jr. April 8, 1983, Atlanta, GA 
COL Richard L. Long April 6, 1989, Atlanta, GA 
LTC Donald F. Luce April 2, 1998, Charlotte, NC
LTG Jack V. Mackmull  April 9, 1992, Atlanta, GA 
COL William J. Maddox, Jr. June 5, 1976, Fort Rucker, AL 
COL Nelson A. Mahone, Jr. April 9, 1992, Atlanta, GA 
COL Jack L. Marinelli June 5, 1976, Fort Rucker, AL 
COL John W. Marr April 11, 1980, Atlanta, GA 
MG Carl H. McNair Jr. March 25, 2004 Nashville, TN
LTG James H. Merryman April 9, 1992, Atlanta, GA 
MG Robert F. Molinelli April 6, 1989, Atlanta, GA 
LTC Spurgeon Neel June 5, 1976, Fort Rucker, AL 
COL Robert H. Nevins, Jr. June 4, 1977, Fort Rucker, AL 
LTG John Norton June 4, 1977, Fort Rucker, AL 
CW3 Michael J. Novosel June 14, 1975, Fort Rucker, AL 
LTC George L. O'Grady 2001, Charlotte, NC
MAJ John W. Oswalt June 5, 1976, Fort Rucker, AL 
LTG Ellis D. Parker March 30, 1995, Atlanta, GA 
MG James H. Patterson 11 May 2007, Atlanta, GA
Frank N. Piasecki June 6, 1974, Fort Rucker, AL 
William T. Piper, Sr. June 5, 1976, Fort Rucker, AL 
COL A. T. Pumphrey April 8, 1983, Atlanta, GA 
MG George W. Putnam, Jr. April 11, 1980, Atlanta, GA 
SGM Kenneth G. Rich 11 May 2007, Atlanta, GA
CW4 Jerry R. Riley March 25, 2004 Nashville, TN
Dr S Harry Robertson 2001, Charlotte, NC
SFC Louis R. Rocco April 2, 1998, Charlotte, NC
MAJ Marie T. Rossi-Cayton April 9, 1992, Atlanta, GA 
LTC Robert L. Runkle April 11, 1980, Atlanta, GA 
CW4 Johnnie R. Sandidge June 4, 1977, Fort Rucker, AL 
COL George P. Seneff June 6, 1974, Fort Rucker, AL 
COL Claude L. Shepard, Jr. June 4, 1977, Fort Rucker, AL 
Mr. John Shipley March 25, 2004 Nashville, TN
GEN Robert M. Shoemaker April 8, 1983, Atlanta, GA 
SFC Randall D. Shughart March 30, 1995, Atlanta, GA 
Igor I. Sikorsky June 6, 1974, Fort Rucker, AL 
MG James C. Smith (P) June 5, 1976, Fort Rucker, AL 
CW5 Mary Cara Smalley 11 May 2007, Atlanta, GA
COL John J. Stanko, Jr. April 8, 1983, Atlanta, GA 
BG Joseph B. Starker  April 2, 1998, Charlotte, NC
MG Story C. Stevens December 4, 1986, Fort Rucker, AL 
MG Richard Stephenson 2001, Charlotte, NC
BG Robert L. Stewart 11 May 2007, Atlanta, GA
CPT Jon E. Swanson March 25, 2004 Nashville, TN
MAJ J. Elmore Swenson June 14, 1975, Fort Rucker, AL 

CPT Hugh Thompson

March 25, 2004 Nashville, TN
COL John J. Tolson, III June 14, 1975, Fort Rucker, AL 
COL Harry Townsend March 25, 2004 Nashville, TN
CW2 Ronald L. Tusi April 8, 1983, Atlanta, GA 
CW4 Cleveland Valrey 2001, Charlotte, NC
COL Jay D. Vanderpool June 4, 1977, Fort Rucker, AL 
CW5 Benjamin A. VanEtten, Jr. April 2, 1998, Charlotte, NC
LTC Joseph M. Watson April 6, 1989, Atlanta, GA
SP4 Gary G. Wetzel   May 26, 1990, Fort Rucker, AL 
COL Robert R. Williams June 6, 1974, Fort Rucker, AL 
CSM Willy Wilson 2001, Charlotte, NC
LTG John W. Woodmansee Jr. March 25, 2004 Nashville, TN
CW4 Clifton P. Wolcott March 30, 1995, Atlanta, GA 
BG General Rodney D. Wolfe 11 May 2007, Atlanta, GA
LTG John M. Wright, Jr. December 4, 1986, Fort Rucker, AL 
SFC Rodney J. T. Yano   December 4, 1986, Fort Rucker, AL 

Denotes Medal of Honor Recipient

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Nomination Information and Form

Trustees

MG Benjamin L. Harrison, Ret., Chairman

CW5 Randolph W. Jones, Ret.

CW4 Donald R. Joyce, Ret.

COL Dr. Hal Kushner, Ret.

COL John W. Marr, Ret.

LTG Ellis D. Parker, Ret.

MG George W. Putnam, Jr., Ret.

Mr. S. Harry Robertson

MG Richard E. Stephenson, Ret.

CSM Hartwell B. Wilson, Ret.

 

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