Three Hawai‘i soldiers, including the first Native Hawaiian Green Beret killed in the Vietnam War, will be part of the inaugural class of the Army ROTC National Hall of Fame. The ceremony on June 10 in Kentucky marks the training program’s 100th anniversary.
Among the first 300 inductees at the Fort Knox ceremony will be retired Col. Ed Gayagas and Brig. Gen. Suzanne P. Vares-Lum, both University of Hawai‘i ROTC alumni; and Spc. 5 James Gabriel, who was a member of Farrington High School’s junior ROTC program when he graduated in 1956.
The list of the Army ROTC National Hall of Fame’s inductees is available online.