Colonel (Retired) Paul R. Longgrear
(Founder & Military Scholarship Program Director)
Colonel (Retired) Paul R. Longgrear, an Arkansas native, was drafted into the US Army in 1965. He was commissioned in 1966. After spending 18 months in training, he went to Vietnam with Special Forces and during 2 tours received a Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars for Valor, the Combat Infantry Badge, and was wounded 5 times. Paul left active duty in 1976 to go into full time Christian ministry. He remained in the US Army Reserve and retired with a combined federal service of 26 years. He has been inducted into the US Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame and the US Army Ranger Hall of Fame both located at Fort Benning, Georgia and the Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame. Colonel Longgrear is the founder and Director / Chairman of The Board of the Georgia Military Veteran’s Hall of Fame.
Colonel (Retired) Richard H. White
(Director & Chairman of the Board)
Colonel Rick White, a native of Norcross, Georgia, enlisted in the US Army Airborne Infantry as a Private in 1966. He was commission as a Second Lieutenant through Infantry Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 1967 at the age of 19. He soon deployed to Vietnam for a total of 24 months in combat serving as a Rifle Platoon Leader and Reconnaissance Platoon Leader in the 4th Infantry Division and as an Airborne Infantry Company Commander in the 173rd Airborne Brigade. His numerous awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, Combat Infantry Badge, Senior Aviator Wings, Ranger Tab, Special Forces Tab, and Master Parachutist Wings. He has degrees from Harvard University, Webster University, University of Maryland, and the Army War College. During 31 years of service, he commanded two brigades, two battalions, six companies, and three platoons encompassing Infantry, Special Forces, Aviation, and Recruiting. In 1997, he retired from active duty and was later inducted into the US Army OCS Hall of Fame located at Fort Benning, Georgia. Colonel White and his wife, Pamela, make their home in Johns Creek, Georgia. Their family consists of twin daughters, a son, two son-in-laws, a daughter-in-law, and four grandsons.
First Sergeant (Retired) Marshall C. Huckaby
(Chief Operations Officer) (GMVHOF Inductee # 89)
First Sergeant (Retired) Marshall C, Huckaby, a native of Warner Robins, GA, began his Military Service with the US Navy in 1961, serving four years. After his discharged from the US Navy, he enlisted in the US Army, serving three combat tours in Vietnam, retiring from the US Army in 1981. His awards include four Purple Hearts, two Bronze Stars for Valor, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. His Federal Civil Service includes working with the Veterans Administration, the US Customs Service, and is a Charter Member of the US Department of Homeland Security. He is a 1980 Graduate of the US Army Sergeants Major Academy, has a BS Degree from Troy State University and a Master of Public Administration Degree from Georgia Southern University.
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) John Paul Jones
(Chief Financial Officer)
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) J. P. (John Paul) Jones, an Alabama native, was drafted into the U.S. Army in August 1969. He received his commission in July 1970 as a Signal Corps officer. In April 1973 he branch transferred to the Army Finance Corps, in which he served until January 1993.
His assignments encompass duty with both the 3d Infantry Division and the 1st Infantry Division as well as post in the United States, Germany and Korea. His awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster as well as others. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
J.P. recently completed tenure as the Executive Administrative Manager for the just completed Hartsfield-Jackson Development Program at the Atlanta airport. Following those duties, he assumed the role as the Project Accountant for an international engineering and consulting company that is the Program Manager for the next expansion at the Atlanta airport, ATLNEXT.
Colonel Graham R. White
(Induction Ceremony Citation Reader)
Colonel Graham White, a Georgia native, enlisted in the Georgia Army National Guard as an Airborne Infantryman on his 17th birthday in 1995. Upon graduation from high school, he entered the US Military Academy where he played football and graduated in 2000. His major units of assignments to date are: 82nd Airborne Division (twice), 75th Ranger Regiment (four), 2nd Infantry Division, and 25th Infantry Division. He has commanded an Airborne Infantry Rifle Platoon, a Ranger Platoon, an Infantry Rifle Company, a Ranger Company, a Ranger Reconnaissance Company, an Airborne Infantry Battalion and a Ranger Battalion. So far, he has had 11 combat deployments totaling 43 months in combat divided between Iraq and Afghanistan. His numerous awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal for Valor, the Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantry Badge. Colonel White is a charter member of the Georgia Military Veteran’s Hall of Fame.
(Military Scholarship Program Assistant)
• Retired from AT&T
• Founder/Manager Dog-Gone Good Bargains, Pine Mountain, GA.
(a thrift store benefiting the Humane Society of Harris County)
• Board Member – David H. Aldrich Community Center, Pine Mountain, GA.
• Member Patchwork Community Theater, Pine Mountain, GA.
• President – Maple Ridge Ladies Golf Association, Columbus, GA.
• Spouse of deceased Navy veteran “Roger W. Berry”.
BSBA University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Phi Delta Theta -Tennessee Epsilon Chapter Alumni.
Commercial airline pilot.
8th Air Force Historical Society member and volunteer.
Son of deceased Navy veteran Roger W. Berry.
Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Roger J. Barros
(JROTC Medal Coordinator)
LTC (Ret) Roger Barros, a native Army brat, enlisted into the Massachusetts Army National Guard as an artilleryman in 1978, and four years later was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Active Army upon graduating from Southeastern Massachusetts University as a Distinguished Military Graduate.
Roger went on to serve a total of 26 years on active duty as an Army Aviator and a Latin American Foreign Area Officer (FAO).
Roger retired in 2004 and immediately went into serving as a JROTC Senior Army Instructor at Columbus High School in Columbus Georgia, eventually becoming the Director of Army Instruction in 2015, overseeing twelve high school JROTC programs, now known as the Lighthouse Brigade.
Roger met Paul Longgrear in 2015 and asked if and how could JROTC cadets become involved with the Georgia Miliary Veterans Hall of Fame.
The rest is as they say ‘history’.
John David Blair, USMC
(Member) (GMVHOF Inductee # 50)
John D. Blair, a native of Canton, Georgia, enlisted into the United States Marine Corps in 1966 and served four years up to 1974. During this period John spent 13 months in combat with India Company, 3rd Battalion/ 4th Marines.
His awards include the Navy Achievement Medal with Combat Valor device, the Vietnamese Service Medal with 4 Stars, the Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with Device, and for a heroic act of valor while serving as an infantry squad leader, John was awarded the nation’s third highest military award – the Silver Star.
A current member of the Marine Corps League, Detachment #1311, John was inducted into the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame in 2019 for his act of valor. He is currently serving as the Vice President of sales for PTS Financial Services.
(Fundraising Coordinator) (GMVHOF Inductee # 2)
A native of Decatur, GA, enlisted in the U.S. Army in January 1966, graduated from Artillery OCS, served in Vietnam in 1968-69 as a Forward Observer with
C/2/27 “Wolfhounds” 25th ID, was severely injured on May 29, 1969, becoming a triple amputee and retired medically as a Captain. He spent 22 months in military hospitals and the Atlanta VA Medical Center, surviving 33 surgeries. Tommy then became employed in the arena of helping veterans and their families obtain their earned state and federal benefits; and, graduated from Georgia State University with a B.S. in Urban Administration. He retired in 2012, with 47 years of military time, staff-assistant to the Director of the Atlanta VA and then field manager/VSO with the GA Department of Veterans Service. For 50+ years, he has volunteered with multiple organizations serving veterans, military and their families. Since 1971, he annually speaks at 100+ engagements around GA and America. He was raised in the outdoors and still shots, hunt and fish year-round; and, in 2015 the Safari Club International selected him as the “Path Finder” of the year, for serving as an example of disabled people enjoying the outdoors. Tommy was inducted into the Artillery OCS Hall of Fame and the GA Military Veterans Hall of Fame. He has one son, one daughter and four grandkids.
Colonel Craig Everson
Colonel (Ret) Craig Everson, a Florida native, enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1988 as a Signals Intelligence Morse Code Interceptor. While stationed at Fort Irwin, he was accepted to the Green to Gold program and subsequently graduated from California State University in 1994 as the Distinguished Military Graduate and an Active Duty Military Intelligence Officer.
His major units of assignments include the 2nd Infantry Division, 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, 3rd Special Forces Group, Defense Attaché Office Abidjan, and various Joint Strategic Intelligence assignments. His last assignment prior to retirement was as the Central Command (CENTCOM) Intelligence Directorate (J2X) Division Chief responsible for Human Intelligence, Counterintelligence, and Sensitive Activities in the CENTCOM Area of Operations.
Colonel Everson spent four combat tours in both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as led a Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation (NEO) from the U.S. Embassy in Abidjan during the Ivorian Civil War.
Among his awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (4 Awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2 Awards), Army Meritorious Service Medal (2 Awards) and Master Parachutist Wings. His foreign awards include the Ivorian Order of the Lion as well as Venezuelan and German parachutist wings. Colonel Everson has Master’s Degrees from Webster University and the Naval War College.
Craig and his lovely wife Monique make their home in Clayton, GA. Their son Kyle is an Active Duty Army Captain and Doctor at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and their daughter Jessica is a Nurse who resides with her husband and son in Canada.