OCS Hall of Fame Honors “Best of the Best;” Distinguished Member Ceremony Includes New Exhibit at the NIM

Mar 20, 2018

For Immediate Release

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Cyndy Cerbin

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OCS Hall of Fame Honors “Best of the Best”


Distinguished Member ceremony includes new exhibit at the NIM



Columbus, Georgia – March 20, 2018:  Since 1941, 500,000 Soldiers have become second lieutenants after graduating from Officer Candidate School. Since then, about 2,000 have been inducted into the OCS Hall of Fame for exceptional contributions in their endeavors, both military and civilian. And now, the “best of the best” will receive recognition in a new exhibit at the National Infantry Museum.

     Twenty-one of the Hall of Fame’s most notable graduates will be honored in a ceremony Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the National Infantry Museum. Each of these Distinguished Members has attained national and/or international recognition of distinguished military service, public service, business leadership, education leadership or philanthropy. This includes those who achieved the rank of General, the highest rank in today’s U.S. Army, U.S. Senators and members of the House of Representatives, Cabinet Secretaries, U.S. Ambassadors, Governors of a Sovereign State, and those business, education, and philanthropic leaders who have been recognized nationally or internationally.

     The ceremony will feature guest speaker Sen. Mack Mattingly, who represented Georgia in the United States Senate from 1981 to 1987. Attending will be family members of some of the Distinguished Members. Several of the honorees are deceased, and advanced age or poor health is preventing some from attending.

     Honorees will receive a certificate, a specially designed lapel pin, and a miniature version of a commemorative paver that has been placed in their honor on Fort Benning’s OCS Walk of Honor.

     The new exhibit, featuring accomplishments of each of the 21 honorees, will be unveiled at the close of the ceremony. It is located in the OCS Hall of Honor on the museum’s mezzanine level.


The 21 honorees include:

            Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller

            Secretary Caspar Weinberger

            Rep. John Dingell, Jr.

            Sen. Frank Church

            GEN Frederick Kroesen, Jr.

            Sen. Bob Dole

            William Buckley, Jr.

            William Gates, Sr.

            Secretary John Marsh, Jr.

            Ambassador Terence Todman

            Secretary Gordon Gray

            GEN Robert Kingston

            GEN James Lindsay

            GEN Leon Salomon

            GEN John Shalikashvili

            GEN Johnnie Wilson

            GEN Tommy Franks

            GEN John Abrams

            GEN Buck Kernan

            GEN Benjamin Griffic

            GEN Bryan Brown






The National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, a 155-acre tract linking Columbus, Georgia, and the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, is the first world-class site to pay tribute to the U.S. Army Infantryman and those who fight alongside him. Voted the #1 Free Museum in America in the 2016 USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards, the museum showcases the contributions of the Infantry Soldier in every war fought by the U.S. by offering immersive participation and engaging visitors in the unique experiences of the Infantry Soldier. The complex also includes a parade field, memorial walk of honor, authentic World War II Company Street, Global War on Terrorism Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Plaza, combat simulators, a full-service restaurant and a Giant Screen Theater. For more information, visit