LSU Salutes 2017: Eight Inducted into Military Hall of Honor, Including Gov. John Bel Edwards


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Eight distinguished LSU alumni were inducted into the LSU Military Hall of Honor during LSU Salutes 2017.Photo: LSU

BATON ROUGE – Eight distinguished LSU alumni were inducted into the LSU Military Hall of Honor during LSU Salutes 2017, sponsored the university and Cadets of the Ole War Skule.

Inductees included Gov. John Bel Edwards; retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Bob L. Efferson of Austin, Texas; the late Willis W. Gayle of Lake Charles, La.; the late U.S. Army Col. Richard J. Keller of Hahnville, La.; the late U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Germaine C. Laville of Plaquemine, La.; O. Fred Loy of Baton Rouge, La.; U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Ian H. “Sniffer” Rowe; and Charles Ray Smith of New Roads, La.

The induction ceremony took place on Friday, Nov. 10, during the Commandant’s Luncheon at the Club at LSU Union Square. Major Gen. Hunt Downer, former speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives and assistant adjutant general of the Louisiana National Guard, served as keynote speaker.

The inductees were also honored at the President’s Reception and LSU Salutes dinner with Richard A. Lipsey, past president of Cadets of the Ole War Skule, as guest speaker. They were recognized during pre-game activities at the LSU vs. Arkansas football game at Tiger Stadium, and the Tiger Marching Band presented a “Patriotic Salute” during the half-time show.

LSU Salutes recognizes all 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, are selected based on their involvement with the university as well as military and community service.

Participating in LSU Salutes events will be members of the LSU Corps of Cadets, which includes LSU Army and Air Force ROTC students and Southern University Navy ROTC, which consists of LSU and Southern students. 

For more information, visit, email or call 225-578-0420 or toll free 1-866-SALUTES.




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