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ROTC Inducts Four Distinguished Alumni into Hall of Heroes


Hall-of-Heroes-2017-4729-webINDUCTION CEREMONY -- Lt. Col. Brian Mason (left) and Chancellor Kelly Damphousse (far right) congratulated (from left) Judge Keith Blackman; Cadet Battalion Commander Timothy Forney accepting for Coach Ronald Meeks; 1st Lt. Mark Diggs, founder and director of Veterans Villages of America; and Karen Davis, sister of 1st Lt. Johnny F. Davis, who was killed in Vietnam.

JONESBORO – The Arkansas State University Department of Military Science inducted four distinguished ROTC alumni into the Hall of Heroes prior to the football game with Troy University Saturday, Dec. 2.

The induction ceremony was in the Military Science Building, 1921 Aggie Road.

A-State ROTC pays tribute to the ROTC alumni who have distinguished themselves through heroic service, government service and outstanding representation of the university.

This year’s ROTC Hall of Heroes inductees are:

  • 1st Lt. Johnny F. Davis (posthumously recognized), who earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1968 and was killed in action in Vietnam;

  • Dr. Mark D. Diggs, a retired captain, who earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics in 1970;

  • Judge Keith Blackman, a retired lieutenant colonel, who earned a bachelor’s degree in general business in 1971; and

  • Ronald C. Meeks, retired captain and professional football coach, who earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1978.

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