H. E. “Gene” Rainbolt is a native of Norman and attended the University of Oklahoma from 1953 to 1957 where he was active in the Army ROTC program. He graduated from OU with a degree in economics and went on to earn a master’s degree in Finance from University of Wisconsin. After college, Rainbolt accepted his commission and served as a Field Artillery Officer during the Korean War where he received a Bronze Star. After the war, Rainbolt returned to Oklahoma and went into the banking business. He started his career by purchasing the First American Bank in Purcell and then subsequently became the President of the Federal National Bank in Shawnee. He is currently the Chairman of Banc First and remains a prominent member of the banking industry and the Oklahoma community. Gene is and has always been a proud veteran and steadfast supporter of OU Army ROTC.
Hal L. Muldrow, born in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, on 31 May 1905. He graduated in 1928 from the University of Oklahoma with a BS degree in Business and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Field Artillery.
His assignments include: Commanding Officer of the 189th Field Artillery during the reorganization of the 45th Division in February 1942. He served in this capacity throughout the war, prepared this organization for movement overseas and lead it through combat operations in Sicily, Italy, Southern France and Central Europe. With the reorganization of the Oklahoma National Guard in the summer of 1946, Colonel Muldrow was appointed Brigadier General of the line and assigned to command the 45th Division Artillery, Oklahoma National Guard, on 5 September 1946. He was the Commanding General, 45th Division Artillery, while the division was stationed at Camp Polk, LA, on the island of Hokkaido in Japan and Korea. Brig Gen. Muldrow served in the Far Eastern command from 30 March 1941 until 24 May 1952, at which time he returned to the United States and was released from active duty at Fort Sill, OK, on 6 June 1952. On 24 November 1952 he was promoted to the rank of Major General of the line and continued to serve as Commanding General, 45th Infantry Division.
His military education includes: Graduate of the National Guard Btry Officers’ Course, Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, OK, and the Special Course, Command and General Staff School, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, also the Advanced Artillery School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma
His awards and decorations include: Awarded Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action, 31 Aug. 1943; Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in combat, 13 Dec. 44; Oak Leaf Cluster for meritorious service in direct support of combat operations, 15 Nov. 45; American Defense Medal; EAME Theatre Ribbon with 8 Bronze Service Stars; Bronze Arrow Head; Legion of Merit in Korea, 21 Aug. 52; United Nations Campaign Service Medal; Army of Occupation Medal for Japan; Korean Campaign Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars; and the Korean Presidential Unit Citation.
Colonel Skip Larsen was commissioned in the Field Artillery after graduating from the University of Oklahoma in December 1982. His first assignment was with the 4th ID at Fort Carson, Colorado where he served as a Battery Fire Direction Officer of a COHORT battery from 1983 to 1985. He transferred overseas with the COHORT battery to the 8th ID stationed at Baumholder, West Germany where he served as a Battery Executive Officer, Battalion Fire Direction Officer, and Battalion Motor Officer.
In 1989, COL Larsen was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas where he served as a Battalion Assistant Operations Officer, Battalion S2, and Bravo Battery Commander. While commanding Bravo Battery, 3-82 FA, he deployed to Southwest Asia for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Upon completion of command, COL Larsen served as a Gunnery Instructor at Fort Sill, Oklahoma from 1992 to 1993.
COL Larsen served as the Chief of Division Plans, G3, 2d Infantry Division at Camp Red Cloud, Republic of Korea from 1995 to 1996. He then served as the Battalion Executive Officer and Brigade S3 for the 17th Field Artillery Brigade at Fort Sill from 1996 to 1998. From 1998 to 2000, COL Larsen served as Chief of Policy and Strategy, J5, United States Southern Command in Miami, Florida.
COL Larsen commanded the 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery (M198, Towed), 3d Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2d Infantry Division from 2000 to 2002 at Fort Lewis, Washington, then served as the Stryker Brigades Deputy Commanding Officer until June 2003. From June 2004 to May 2005, COL Larsen served in Kuwait as the executive officer to the Commanding General, 3d Army/ARCENT/CFLCC. In June 2005, COL Larsen assumed command of the 18th Field Artillery Brigade (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. On 7 September 2005, he deployed with the Brigade Headquarters to serve as the Division ECOORD and Force Field Artillery Headquarters for the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT), Task Force Band of Brothers located in MND-N, Iraq where they served until redeploying back to Fort Bragg on 3 September 2006. After changing command in June 2007, COL Larsen assumed duties as the Executive Officer to the Commanding General, FORSCOM.
COL Larsen is a graduate of the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Infantry Officer Advanced Courses along with Airborne, Ranger and Jumpmaster schools. He was awarded Masters in Military Arts and Science from the Command and General Staff College and the School of Advanced Military Studies and a Masters in Strategic Studies from the Air War College.
COL Larsens awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with OLC, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation and Achievement Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 3 stars, Southwest Asia Service Medal with 3 stars, the Liberation of Kuwait Medals, Global War of Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korea Defense Service Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Meritorious Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge and Australian Parachutist Badge.
Jack Merritt was born in Lawton, Oklahoma and entered the Army as a Private in 1952 and over the next thirty-five years rose to 4-star rank. From Battery Command in Korea to the 1st Cavalry Division Artillery at Fort Hood, Texas, he commanded at every level in the Field Artillery. His final assignment was as United States Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee from 1985 to 1987.
He was the honor Graduate of his Officer Candidate School class in 1953, Top Graduate of his Artillery Advanced Course, Distinguished Graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and Distinguished Graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. Moreover, his career touched the entire Army school system, In 1977, he served on the General Officer study group that reviewed the West Point Honor Code and he commanded the Artillery Center and School (1977-80), the Army War college (1980-82) and the Combined Arms Center including the Command and General Staff College (1983). He also served on the National Security Council Staff and had additional assignments on Joint Staff and was the U.S. Military Representative to the NATO Military Committee.
After retirement, he served as President of the Association of the United States Army and Chairman of the United States Field Artillery Association. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Army and Air Force Mutual Aid Association, the Honorary Board of the National World War II Museum, and Secretary to the Board of Directors of the Marshall Legacy institute.
James E. Walker was born May 11, 1944 in Shawnee OK. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Business Administration. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps.
He spent more than 28 years in a variety of Staff and Command assignments including Staff Supply Officer 54tj General Support Group, Republic of Vietnam; Company Commander 1120th Maintenance Company ARNG; Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, Army Field Artillery Center Ft. Sill, OK; Senior Defense Counsel, Army Field Artillery Center; S-3 45th Infantry Brigade; Director of Maintenance, Oklahoma State Area Command; and Deputy STARC Commander, Oklahoma National Guard State Area Command in addition to numerous other Active Duty and Reserve assignments.
After retiring, he held a private practice with the Walker, Ferguson and Ferguson law firm and was a member of the Oklahoma County, Oklahoma and American Bar Associations. He served as Chairman of the Oklahoma Tax Commission from 1977-1981 and as director of the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Control Board from 1976-1977.