Category Archives: Hall of Fame

Hall of Fame

1LT Parker D. Cramer
US ARMY
Born on Feb 9, 1937- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
May 1959-Graduated URI
Commissioned as 2LT- May 6,1963
Gave his life in service to this country in South Vietnam

General Leon J. Laporte
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Defense Distinguished Service Medal; Distinguished Service
Medal (with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster); Legion of Merit (with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters); Distinguished Flying Cross; Bronze Star Medal Meritorious Service Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters); Air Medal (with “V” Device); Army Commendation Medal (with “V” Device and 1 Oak Leaf Cluster); Army Achievement Medal; Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry (with Palm); Kuwait Liberation Medal; Army Aviator Badge; Parachutist Badge; Ranger Tab

General Leon J. LaPorte hails from Providence, Rhode Island. A graduate from the University of Rhode Island in 1968, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Armor. He served as a Platoon Leader in 3d Battalion, 64th Armor in Schweinfurt, Germany. From 1969 to 1970, he also served as the S3 Air, 1st Brigade, 3d Infantry Division. In 1971, he served as a Platoon Commander and Company Executive Officer in the 238th Aerial Weapons Company in the Republic of Vietnam. He served as a G3 Operations Officer in the 4th Infantry Division until 1973, when he assumed command of Bravo Company, 6th Battalion, 32d Armor, Fort Carson, Colorado. Following completion of the Armor Officer Advanced Course in 1975, General LaPorte received his Master’s Degree in Administration from the University of California. From 1977 to 1980, he served as Assistant Professor of Leadership at the United States Military Academy. Following Command and GeneralStaffCollege, he was assigned as Executive Officer, 2d Squadron, 9th Cavalry, then as S3, 2d Brigade, 24th Infantry Division. From 1984 to 1986, General LaPorte served as the Armor Colonel’s Assignment Officer, Military Personnel Center, Alexandria, Virginia. From 1986 to 1988, he commanded the 3d Battalion, 64th Armor, 3d Infantry Division in Schweinfurt, Germany. Following the Army War College, he served as the G3, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, from June 1989 to September 1990. On 17 September 1990, General LaPorte was assigned as the Chief of Staff of the 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. He deployed with the division to Southwest Asia and was Chief of Staff during Operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM.

General LaPorte commanded the 3d Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, from October 1991 to May 1993. From May 1993 to April 1994, he served as Chief of Staff, III Corps and FortHood. From April 1994 to July 1995, he served as the Commander, NationalTrainingCenter, Fort Irwin, California. General LaPorte returned to Fort Hood in 1995 where he commanded the 1st Cavalry Division until July 1997. He then served as Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans, Headquarters, Department of the Army, Washington, DC. In August 1998 General LaPorte took command of III Corps and Fort Hood, Texas, where he served until August 2001. In September 2001, General LaPorte was assigned as the Deputy Commanding General/Chief of Staff, US Army Forces Command. In May 2002 General LaPorte assumed command of United Nations
Command, ROK – US Combined Forces Command, and United States Forces Korea, located in Seoul, Korea.

General LaPorte has continued to be supportive of the ROTC program at his alma mater. He established an award in his name in 2006 to award the cadet who improved the most during the MS III Leadership Development/ROTC Summer Camp, scoring the highest metrics during this summer phase between the cadet’s junior and senior years. General LaPorte has also donated generously to support the purchase of cadet sportswear and clothing to build esprit-de-corps among the corps of cadets. General LaPorte was awarded a Honorary Doctoral Degree from the University of Rhode Island and continues an active role in the ROTC Chapter with participation in regularly scheduled Board of Directors meetings.
General LaPorte retired on 1 April 2006 after 38 years of active duty in the U.S. Army. General LaPorte is married to the former Judy Ann Conca of Providence, Rhode Island. The LaPorte family includes sons Ryan and Robbie; daughters-in-law Kimberly and Jennifer; and grandchildren Rachel Janell and Colby Shane.