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June 12, 2013

OMA Alumni Reunion honors service, legacy

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CLAREMORE —

During his career, Hudman received the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star, Air Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Joint Services Commendation Medal and the Army Commendation Medal. 
He also opened a successful private investigation company and later served as president and CEO of a full-service brokerage firm in Arizona.
Brigadier General Preston Wood used what he learned at OMA during his Marine Corps career spanning more than two decades. 
He retired in 1957 after rising to the rank of brigadier general and earning a collection of medals, including three bronze stars and a silver star. 
Following retirement, Wood worked for several companies engaged in the development, manufacture and sale of a patented line of punch card trays, files and data processing equipment. 
He designed improvements for the machines and held a patent for the tabulating card file tray.
Wood died in May 1974 and was buried with full military honors at Fort Gibson National Cemetary.
Distinguished Alumni Honorees included 1969 graduate Ken Colley, 1960 graduate Carlos Galvez, and 1964 graduate Curtis E. McMenamy. RSU President Larry Rice received the Lt. Gen. William E. Potts Award of Excellence for his leadership in the university and his advocacy and assitance in advancing the OMA Alumni Association.
Oklahoma Military Hall of Famer and graduate of OMA Lt. Col. Edwin Price Ramsey, received an honorary mention during Saturday morning’s ceremony. 
Ramsey led the last horse calvary charge in the US Army during WWII. He led the charge on Jan. 16, 1942 at Bataan, where American and Philippine soldiers were fighting the invading Japanese army.
When Bataan and the rest of the Philippines fell, Ramsey escaped and formed a guerrilla force in Luzon. Ramsey was awarded the Silver Star for leading the charge. 
He also earned the Distinguished Service Cross, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and three Presidential Unit Citations.

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