LSU Salutes 2013: Twelve to be Inducted into Military Hall of Honor
BATON ROUGE – Twelve distinguished LSU alumni will be inducted into LSU’s military Hall of Honor on Saturday, Nov. 23.
The induction ceremony is part of LSU Salutes, sponsored by LSU and Cadets of the Ole War Skule, celebrating the contributions of U.S. veterans. The ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. at the LSU War Memorial on the LSU Parade Ground. This event is free and open to the public.
This year’s inductees are retired Air Force Col. Ray Caldwell Dawson, of Baton Rouge; retired Air Force Col. Warren R. Hull Sr., of Baton Rouge; retired Army Lt. Col. John M. “Jack” Jolissaint Jr., of Baton Rouge; retired Navy/Naval Reserve Capt. William Bruce King, of Central, La.; Army Reserve Lt. Col. and state Rep. Nicholas J. “Nick” Lorusso, of New Orleans; retired Army Ernest W. “Butch” Lutz Jr., of Madison, Miss.; U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Eaton Stagg Jr., of Shreveport, La.; the late Ford Edwards Stinson Sr., of Benton, La.; Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Wade Talley, of Washington, D.C.; retired Col. Elwood C. Tircuit, of Baton Rouge; retired Col. George K. Todd Jr., of Burke, Va.; and the late Army Col. Warren N. Waggenspack.
LSU Salutes recognizes all U.S. veterans, in particular those who attended LSU and served in ROTC. The Hall of Honor inductees, all of whom must have attended LSU and served in the military, were selected based on their involvement with the university as well as military and community service.
The honorees will be recognized during pre-game activities for the LSU vs. Texas A&M football game at Tiger Stadium, and the Tiger band will present a patriotic half-time show.
On Friday, Nov. 22, honorees and their guests will be recognized at the Commandant’s Luncheon and the Chancellor’s Reception. Keynote speaker for the luncheon will be Lt. Gen Talley.
Following the luncheon, retired Army Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré will speak at a ceremony at Memorial Tower, during which a framed memorial bearing the names of citizens of Pointe Coupee Parish who died in World War I will be unveiled. Bronze plates in the rotunda list the names, by parish, of Louisianans who gave their lives in WWI. It is not known why the parish of Pointe Coupee was not included on the bronze plates when the tower was constructed.
The Saturday morning event will include the induction ceremony, a military parade, static displays, a wreath-laying and a 21-gun salute. Also participating will be the LSU Corps of Cadets and students in the Southern University Navy ROTC program. The LSU Corps of Cadets consists of LSU Army and Air Force ROTC students, and Southern Navy ROTC consists of LSU and Southern students.