COLUMBIA — Maj. Gen. Enoch Crowder, a professor of military science at the University of Missouri from 1885 to 1889, was among the first class inducted into the MU Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps Hall of Fame on Friday.
Trained as a lawyer, Crowder devised the Selective Service Act, or the draft, during World War I. Crowder Hall, headquarters of the ROTC program at MU, was dedicated to him in 1940. His great-great-nephew, John Siebert, accepted the award during a ceremony in Jesse Wrench Auditorium.
ROTC is a college-based program for training future military officers, according to MU's ROTC website. It started with the Morrill Act of 1862 which provided federal land grants to colleges in exchange for requiring military training of all male students. In the 1960s, ROTC participation became optional. Today, it provides scholarships in exchange for a set number of years of required military service.
Other inductees were:
- Retired Lt. Gen. James Campbell, a 1971 graduate of ROTC who commanded a United Nations force in Somalia;
- Retired Brig. Gen. John Seward, a 1980 ROTC graduate whose combat tours included Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom;
- Retired Col. Arthur "Bull" Simons, a 1980 ROTC graduate who led special operations during World War II and the Vietnam War;
- Col. Timothy Karcher, a 1989 ROTC graduate whose legs were badly injured from a roadside bomb. He is now the Director of the US Army Wounded Warrior Program;
- Retired Col. Claude Barton, who saw substantial action in the Pacific Theater during World War II, served for 31 years and was a Professor of Military Science for three years;
- Retired Lt. Col. Kirk Wallace who served 25 years of active duty and was a Professor of Military Science for four years;
- First Lt. William Edens, who was killed in action by an improvised explosive device in Tal Afar, Iraq, on April 28, 2005.
His sister, Nikki Edens, accepted the award for him.
"One of the things he really loved was serving his country," she said. "He'd give you the shirt off his back to see you smile."
- Brett Allison who sponsors the Mizzou Army ROTC program. His contributions have helped 35 cadets receive scholarships since 2009.
Cameron MacDonald , a 21-year-old senior in the Mizzou Army ROTC, greeted attendees and held the door open for them.
"We have a very good program here," MacDonald said. "We have a reputation for bringing out the top lieutenants in the nation."
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