The 82nd Airborne Division has announced the inductees for the 2019 All American Hall of Fame Class. The ceremony honoring the inductees will be held at 10 a.m., May 22, at Fort Bragg’s Hall of Heroes during All American Week.
Earlier this year, subordinate units within the division submitted nominations for inclusion into the All American Hall of Fame. Those recommendations were presented before a board of senior leaders within the division. The board selected 15 legendary figures, from the 82nd’s 102-year history, for enshrinement this year.
Inductees were selected based on their service within the division, their lifelong commitment to the 82nd’s values, valorous combat action or contributions to their chosen field outside of the division. Nominees will have been awarded the Medal of Honor or served a minimum of two years within the division. While nominees may still be serving in the Army, they must not be eligible for further service within the 82nd and must be five years removed from their last service in the division.
This is the list of legendary paratroopers to be inducted into the All American Hall of Fame:
Command Sergeant Major
Joseph R. Allen distinguished himself as a 13-year All American and a career paratrooper who went on to serve as the Command Sgt. Maj. of the 82nd Abn. Div. Support Command from 1999 to 2002. While transitioning to the Post 9/11 period of the Global War on Terrorism, Command Sgt. Maj. Allen upheld the unit’s readiness during OPERATIONS ALLIED FORCE and JOINT GUARDIAN. From 2006 to 2010, he was the first sustainer to serve as the XVIII Airborne Corps Command Sergeant Major.
General Lloyd J. Austin commanded the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment during OPERATION SAFE HAVEN in Panama. He went on to serve as the division’s Assistant Chief of Staff, G3 (Operations), and commanded the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Abn. Div.
Gen. Austin later commanded the 10th Mountain Division (Light) during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM, the XVIII Airborne Corps while deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, US Forces-Iraq during OPERATION NEW DAWN, and US Central Command. While commanding US and Coalition Forces in Iraq, Gen. Austin led the successful transition from OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM to OPERATION NEW DAWN. As the United States Central Command Commander, Gen. Austin oversaw the development and execution of OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE, the military campaign to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Major T. Moffatt Burriss (Sept. 22, 1919 to Jan. 4, 2019) led Company I, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in combat during the famed Waal River Crossing as part of OPERATION MARKET GARDEN and fought with the division in North Africa, at Anzio Beach, Sicily, and the Battle of the Bulge. As the division advanced towards Berlin, Maj. Burriss convinced a German general to surrender his entire Corps — approximately 15,000 German Soldiers — to himself and two other paratroopers. For his actions during the war, he was awarded the Silver Star, three Bronze Stars, and the Purple Heart. Maj. Burriss also served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1977 to 1992 where he was awarded the “Order of the Palmetto” from the governor of South Carolina.
Lieutenant Colonel Robert E. Chisolm was the only noncommissioned officer in his regiment to receive the Legion of Merit for his service during World War II. While serving as an enlisted paratrooper in the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, then-Cpl. Chisolm jumped into combat as part of OPERATIONS NEPTUNE and MARKET GARDEN, and participated in the Battle of the Bulge.
He earned the Legion of Merit for his actions during OPERATION MARKET GARDEN, where, in the absence of officer or additional non-commissioned officer leadership, he took charge of 83 paratroopers and led an orderly withdrawal, while in enemy contact, to the forested high ground at Berg-en-Dal. Following the war, he received a commission and later served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars.
Lieutenant General George A. Crocker commanded the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment and deployed to Grenada as part of OPERATION URGENT FURY in 1983. He commanded the division’s 1st Brigade, deploying to Honduras in response to a Nicaraguan incursion and later served as the division’s operations officer and Chief of Staff, where he supervised the planning and execution of OPERATION JUST CAUSE. Lt. Gen. Cocker concluded his time in the 82nd Abn. Div. as the division’s 38th commander from 1995 to 1996. He is a Silver Star Medal recipient and completed his service as the Commanding General for I Corps.
Lieutenant Colonel Gordon
“Duke” Dewey served with distinction, discipline, and professionalism during the Division's short-notice deployments to support OPERATION POWER PACK and as part of Task Force Detroit. Then-Staff Sgt. Dewey also deployed with Recon Platoon, 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment to Vietnam where he organized and trained the “Golden Brigade’s” Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol team and was a chief planner for OPERATION MOT, a combat operation where the Brigade wiped out the 22nd North Vietnamese Army Regiment. After his service in the division, he assisted in founding the Headquarters, Joint Casualty Resolution Command, where he trained and instructed search and recovery teams to search for missing Americans in Vietnam.
Private First Class Robert W. Dodson (Feb. 3, 1921 to Oct. 25, 1943) served with distinction in the 456th Parachute Field Artillery Battalion in Sicily during World War II. His heroic actions on Biazza Ridge as part of OPERATION HUSKY helped stop a key German counter-attack against the Sicily beachhead.
Pfc. Dodson used his 75mm Pack Howitzer to destroy a German “Tiger” tank, disable another, and destroy a number of enemy gun positions, turning the Battle of Biazza Ridge in favor of his fellow Paratroopers. Pfc. Dodson’s initiative, aggressiveness and disregard for his own safety in support of the mission and his fellow paratroopers, shaped the outcome of an entire campaign, demonstrating the highest standards and one of the greatest personal impacts ever displayed in the division. For his heroism at Biazza Ridge, Pfc. Dodson was awarded the Silver Star.
Command Sergeant Major
Steven R. England served 36 years in Uniformed Service, deployed many times, and led paratroopers at every level a non-commissioned officer could possibly lead. As a sergeant major in the 82nd Abn. Div., from 1991 to 2000, he served as the 4th Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment Operations sergeant major during OPERATION DESERT STORM; the Command Sgt. Maj. of the 3rd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment; the Brigade Command Sgt. Maj. for the 2nd Brigade; and finally as the Division Command Sgt. Major. Command Sgt. Maj. England later became the XVIII Airborne Corps Command Sergeant Major, earning the Distinguished Service Medal.
Chaplain (Brigadier General) Augustus F. Gearhard (April 18, 1893 to Mar. 19, 1974) was commissioned as an Army Chaplain in 1918 and assigned to the American Expeditionary Forces in France. He received the Distinguished Service Cross for his ministry while serving with the 328th Infantry Regiment.
After World War I, he served for 17 years in the Army Reserves, at which point he transitioned to the Army Air Force. Serving as the Fifth Air Force Chaplain in the South Pacific Theater during World War II, he received the Silver Star Medal for his ministry. In August 1950, after transitioning to the US Air Force Reserve, he was appointed the Air Force Deputy Chief of Chaplains.
Captain Kimberly N. Hampton (Aug. 18, 1976 to Jan. 2, 2004) embodied the
“All American” spirit, serving as the Delta Troop Commander for 1st Squadron 17th Cavalry Regiment from 2002 to 2004. An OH-58D Kiowa pilot-in-command, Cpt. Hampton was the Army’s first female combat pilot killed in action and the first female in the 82nd Abn. Div. to die from hostile fire.
Cpt. Hampton was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, and Air Medal for her actions. Cpt. Hampton remains a beacon of support for military service, equality, female paratroopers and Soldiers in combat and the 82nd Abn. Div. Her many dedications and monuments continue to connect the Division with the States of North and South Carolina.
Lieutenant General James H.
Johnson Jr. served in the 82nd Abn. Div. as a leader at almost every level. He was a platoon leader and company commander in the 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, commanded 3rd Brigade for three years, and served as the Division Chief of Staff. As the Deputy Commanding General for Operations, then-Brig. Gen. Johnson commanded the Army component of OPERATION GOLDEN PHEASANT in Honduras. As the Division Commander, he was the first jumper during the invasion of Panama in OPERATION JUST CAUSE. He also commanded the Division during OPERATION DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM in the Persian Gulf, becoming the first commander to lead the division into combat in two separate conflicts. He commanded the division for 32 months, the longest command tour since 1948.
Brigadier General Dennis D. Kerr served in the division for a total of seven years spanning a timeframe from 1976 to 1991. He is credited with developing the Army’s model for a Divisional Aviation Brigade, activating the 82nd Abn. Div. Aviation Brigade, and serving as its first commander from April 1987 to August 1989.
He also served as Assistant Division Commander from January 1990 to December 1991, ensuring the division’s successful deployment to Saudi Arabia in support of OPERATION DESERT STORM. He later commanded the Army Safety Center, developing “The Risk Management Process” which is used across all military services to this day.
General Carl W. Stiner began his service in the 82nd Abn. Div. in 1972 as the Commander of the 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment and later served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G3 (Operations). In 1982, he returned to the Division to serve as an Assistant Division Commander for Operations.
From 1987 to 1988, Gen. Stiner served as the Commanding General of the 82nd Abn. Div. Gen. Stiner also distinguished himself as the Joint Special Operations Commander from 1984 to 1987; the XVIII Airborne Corps Commander from 1988 to 1990; and the United States Army Special Operations Command Commander from 1990 to 1993.
Major General Reuben H. Tucker (Jan. 29, 1911 to Jan. 6, 1970) commanded the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment in combat from 1942 to 1945 from Sicily to Germany and, at 31 years old, was the youngest Regimental Commander during World War II. During his command, while fighting at Anzio Beachhead, the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment earned the nickname the “Devils in Baggy Pants.” He also commanded the 504th during the famed Waal River Crossing, capturing the Nijmegen Bridge as part of OPERATION MARKET GARDEN. Then-Col. Tucker was one of the most decorated officers in the Army. For his actions during World War II, he was awarded two Distinguished Service Crosses and a Silver Star. Maj. Gen. Tucker later served as the Commanding General of Fort Dix and the Commandant of Cadets at the Citadel.
Lieutenant General John R. Vines commanded the 4th Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment during OPERATION JUST CAUSE in Panama, where the Battalion executed a combat parachute assault onto Torrijos International Airport. He also commanded the Battalion when it deployed as part of OPERATIONS DESERT STORM and SHIELD. He later served as the Assistant Division Commander for Operations from 1996 to 1997 and distinguished himself as the Commanding General of the 82nd Abn. Div. from 2000 to 2003 where he also commanded Coalition Task Force-82 during OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan. Lt. Gen. Vines later served as the XVIII Airborne Corps Commander and Multi-National Corps - Iraq Commander.
Chief Warrant Officer 4 Johnathan A. Ward (Sept. 19, 1910 to Jan. 17, 1998) was an original member of the Army’s Parachute Test Platoon and was integral to the formation of the 504th Parachute Battalion and the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment.
He designed and fabricated the A-6 and A-7 aerial delivery containers and played a lead role in the development of the T-10 parachute assembly. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Ward served with the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment throughout World War II in Sicily, Italy, Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and Germany and was the US Army's first Parachute Rigger Warrant Officer.