Kent State University

Colonel Mack

Commissioned in 1949 as part of the first graduating class of Kent State University Army ROTC. His first assignment began in September 1950 as a platoon leader to Company C, 8th Calvary Regt, 1st Cavalry Division on Naktong River, Korea. He was wounded at Unsan, North Korea and afterwards served as a liaison officer to the 1st Cavalry Regt. Later he was assigned as the commander of Company B, The Infantry School Detachment in Fort Benning, GA. As Lieutenant Colonel, he was assigned to the Deputy Chief of Staff Intelligence as the manager of Army intelligence programs, in Heidelberg, Germany until 1968. He also was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam's Central Highlands as Deputy Commander, 3rd Brigade and also as Deputy Commander/Chief of Staff, US Army Headquarters Area Command in Saigon. COL Mack is a graduate of the Army Airborne School, Army Language School for Russian and Vietnamese language courses, Infantry Officer's Advanced Class, Command and General Staff College and also the Army War College. As a civilian, COL Mack is the successful author of the book Memoir of a Cold War Soldier, and also takes time to enjoy his wife and four children.

Colonel Patton

A 1952 distinguished graduate of Kent State University ROTC program earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. He also received a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from Auburn in 1972. As an Infantryman and Aviator, Colonel Patton served his nation with distinction in World War II, the Korean War, and in the Vietnam War. His military education included the Army Command and General Staff College and the Air War College. In 1974, he returned to Kent State University as the Professor of Military Science and completely revitalized the ROTC program following the tragic shootings of May 4, 1970. By 1977, the program had grown to be the largest in Ohio. Following retirement in 1977, he continued to serve Kent State University as Director of Community Relations and as Fund Raiser for the Blue and Gold Club. He died suddenly on April 25, 1985, leaving a legacy of selfless service and dedicated leadership.

Dr. Hales

Completed his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Education in 1957, followed by a Masters of Art degree in 1960. His Doctoral studies in Curriculum and Instruction were completed at West Virginia University in 1972. After being commissioned in 1957, Dr. Hales served in the army Signal Corps at Ft. Monmouth and completed his military service as a member of the Army Reserve in Akron, Ohio. Dr. Hales began his teaching career in Aurora, Ohio in 1955 before receiving his B.S. degree. He moved into higher education in 1964 and now serves as Professor of Technology and Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology at East Tennessee State University.