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Vet, former NCO doubly honored at U of Memphis

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Retired Col. Thomas Daniels Jr. rose to the rank of sergeant major before receiving a commission. And oh by the way, the colonel fought in three American wars. (Courtesy Photo)

Retired Col. Thomas Daniels Jr. rose to the rank of sergeant major before receiving a commission. And oh by the way, the colonel fought in three American wars. (Courtesy Photo)

Staff Report

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The University of Memphis Army ROTC’s Tiger Battalion held a Spring Ball in April, honoring both veterans and noncommissioned officers.

Retired Col. Thomas Daniels Jr. was there and was twice honored: as a veteran who served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam — and because the retired O-6 was once an NCO who, not incidentally, rose to the rank of sergeant major before receiving a commission.

“We felt it was important to honor vets, and in keeping with the Army Chief of Staff’s Year of the NCO initiative, we honored NCOs as well,” said Tiger professor of military science Lt. Col. Greg Marinich. “Colonel Daniels’ history is off the charts, and it was amazing for our Cadets to honor him and others.”

The battalion also honored its own NCOs.

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May 5, 2009 at 4:44 pm

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