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MAJOR GENERAL LEROY NEWTON SUDDATH, JR., UNITED STATES ARMY (Ret.)

Major General Leroy N. Suddath, Jr., age 89, died on February 27th, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Born in Savannah on February 21,1931 at the Old Oglethorpe Sanitarium to Lucille and Leroy Suddath, he was the youngest of five children including Tom, Bill, Mary Ann, and Lucille. He attended Charles Ellis School, Richard Arnold Junior High School, Savannah High School, Georgia Military College and then graduated from Richmond Academy in Augusta where he was an All-GIAA Basketball player. He attended Auburn University on a basketball scholarship and the University of Georgia before entering the United States Military Academy at West Point, from which he graduated in 1956 and was commissioned a second Lieutenant of Infantry.

He is a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, The Foreign Service Institute, The National War College and the Harvard University Program for Senior Executives in National and International Security.

He served two and a half years in Vietnam as an advisor to the 8th Vietnamese Airborne Battalion; as the Commander, Second Battalion, 28th Infantry, First Infantry Division; and in a special assignment with the Central Intelligence Agency.

He participated in eight campaigns and was decorated six times for gallantry in action. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal; two Silver Star Medals; the Distinguished Flying Cross; Five Bronze Star Medals, the Vietnamese Service Medal with eight campaign stars; the Order of Saint Maurice, The Master Parachutist Badge, the Ranger Tab and the Combat Infantry Badge. He was inducted into the Richmond Academy Hall of Fame in 2015.
His General Officer assignments include the Assistant Division Commander, 82nd Airborne Division; Provost Marshal General, U.S. Army, Europe and Seventh Army; Commanding General U.S. Army Berlin Brigade; and the Commanding General U.S. Army Special Operations Command, consisting of Special Forces, Rangers, Special Operations Aviation, Psychological Operations and Civil Affairs Units.

General Suddath retired from the Army in 1988 and served as a consultant to Defense related industries and lastly, as the President for VnVets, GP, Inc. He was a member of the Savannah Golf Club and served on the Board of Managers. He was a communicant of Saint John’s Episcopal Church and a member of the vestry and former President of the Men of St. John’s. He was a member of the Society of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS); a member of the West Point Society of Savannah, the Harvard Club of Georgia and the Army Navy Club of Washington, DC. He was a former member of the Chatham Dove Club, The Forest City Gun Club, The Special Forces Club of London, England and the Augusta Country Club.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, the former Carole Walker Connolly and daughters Lucille and Ann Cooper, son Leroy III, son-in-law Bill McCampbell, granddaughters Kristen Carol Henderson and Laura Pauline McCampbell, and grandsons Michael Ellerbe, Jr. and Colin McCampbell.

Memorial services will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Monday, March 2nd at 2 P.M. followed by a reception at the Green Meldrim House. General Suddath will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery with his brothers, William O’Neal Suddath and Thomas Howle Suddath.

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  1. J. Earl & Bonney Gilbreath says:

    We genuinely share your sorrow. His admirable dedication to nation, family and church has been a prominent characteristic of all his activities and a model for all who would make this a better world. We are proud to have known him.

  2. Asa Davis says:

    Though I have seen Leroy sparsely in the
    Last few years, I played golf with him for a number of years. I always admired him and his straightforward manner. I will miss him.

  3. Chris & Patti Matsos says:

    We cannot fully express how grateful we feel in meeting this amazing man and learning about him this past year. He is truly an example for us all to follow. We are sharing your grief, and appreciating the blessings of family and faith. God Bless your family….

  4. Jeff Fuller says:

    I served under Major General Suddath when he was commander of 1st USSOCOM. I knew him as a gentleman, an enthusiastic proponent of special operations in the army, and a positive force for ARSOF.
    Condolences to family and friends.

  5. Scott Cusatis says:

    I met MG Suddath in the 90’s. At the time I only knew him as Leroy, and had no knowledge of his military background. I had previously served several years in the 1st Ranger battalion, and it came up in conversation one day about The Art of War. I had always noticed that he carried himself like a very distinguished man, but I was surprised when we started talking about the Army that I was talking to an officer’s officer and a hero. I later did some work in his house and around his yard and I have a great deal of respect for a great, humble man.

  6. marilyn and hobart manley says:

    we send love and sympathy to Carole and family at this sad time.

  7. Tim Wasilition says:

    I had the privilege of serving twice with MG Suddath as a Company Commander when he was my Brigade Commander and later on in the 82nd when he was the Assistant Division Commander. He had a profoundly positive influence on my life, and the lives of many others.
    RIP

  8. Scott Howard says:

    General Suddath was a great man who served his family, country, and God well to the end. He is truly a hero to be admired by future generations. We thank him for his sacrifice and service. May he rest in peace. Let light perpetual shine upon you General.

  9. Beth & Lou Mason says:

    General Suddath was my boss for several years. A great soldier, gentleman, and mentor. His standards were high and he expected the same from all his troops. Our thoughts are with Carole, Lucille, and Annie Cooper. Those days at Bragg are fond memories. God gave us a good man.

  10. Randy Hodnett says:

    My most heartfelt sympathy to Carol and the family.

    I served with General Suddath during his tour as the Provost Marshal HQ USAEUR & 7th Army. I was his enlisted ade, driver and body guard during that time. He was a true soldiers soldier and highly respected by all.
    I assisted with his move to Berlin and will never forget his sincere farewell to me that has inspired me throughout my life.

    Rest in peace General and may God comfort your family!

  11. BECCA TINDALL says:

    Leroy would mention, lovingly and respectfully, the Long Grey Line of classmates passed over when he came to visit my husband, his classmate, John Benton Tindall.

    We were so happy and honored that Leroy came and shared his strong and caring presence with us, with Ben as Ben was passing on..

    I will personally miss hearing his great booming and positive voice at the social gatherings, he always moved the joy up by quite a few notches. Rest in Peace, Dear Leroy.

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