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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.

  12. Hubert S. Shaw, Jr. says:

    MG Suddath was one of my bosses in the 82nd Airborne Division for a short time.

    But, we really established a close relationship when we joined forces to obtain award of the Distinguished Service Cross for his West Point classmate Don Holleder–an effort which consumed him heart and soul for over seven years. During our time together on this project, he talked often about many of his classmates with great respect, admiration and affection and likened them to a band of brothers.

    MG Suddath was a great soldier, mentor, a truly great leader of soldiers and a sterling example of Duty, Honor, Country. We have lost a true gentleman, husband, father, and an American hero.

    May he rest in peace and his example be long remembered.

  13. Roger L Martin Sr says:

    Very sorry to hear of General Suddaths passing. I served with him in the early 80s in the Berlin Brigade.I can vividly remember a Brigade run that we had. Of course the General and his staff led the run. When it was over the General and his staff reviewed the whole Brigade as we finished. I was in awe of this man! He was standing there not even breathing hard after the four mile run. As a 19 year oldi was astonished by his stamina and stature. He was a man among men and someone to aspire to be like. Rest in peace sir you duty is done and your devotion to our country is something to be emulated by all.

  14. Jim Yenchesky CSM (ret) says:

    My condolences and prayers are with the family.
    General Suddath was my company commander when I was in the 82nd ABN Div, Co A-1/325.
    He set an example for me to follow through my military career (31yrs) and my civilian career, one that I also tried to share with my children. He was a soldiers soldier. and am proud to have served with him.
    My youngest son is presently serving in the Air National Guard as a Brigadier General using the principles of leadership I learned from MG Suddath and shared with him.
    Rest in peace. Airborne, All The Way

  15. Nick Mallos says:

    I was selected by General Suddath to be his Aide-de-Camp when he was the Assistant Division Commander for Support of the 82nd Airborne Division in 1979. In 2006 he accompanied my wife, Christine and I on an 11-day tour of the historic Christian sites in Israel. Now a retired soldier myself and Christian Pastor, I had the great honor of baptizing him in the historic Jordan River where John the Baptist baptized Jesus nearly 2000 years before. I just discovered his passing this morning. General Suddath (Boss) and dear friend to me, was a Great Soldier and humble follower and servant of Jesus Christ. My sincere condolences and prayers to Carol and the entire family. See you again, Boss. Much love, Nick & Christine

  16. Russell Henderson says:

    I was assigned to TF 160 in 1986 while MG Suddath was the Commanding General of 1st Special Operations Command. I met him once during a Command Inspection prior to his retirement. From my eyes as young troop, he was the spitting image of what a Special Forces Green Beret would look like.

    R.I.P.

    N.S.D.Q.

  17. James R. Armour says:

    Served with General in the Berlin Brigade. He was extremely supportive of our mission as his Military Police. He came often to our unit to present awards and or promote soldiers. Personally, I had a great relationship with him and upon his departure at his go away party, he presented my wife Heidi a bouquet of flowers given that it was Heidi’s birthday and Mrs. Suddath made me sing “Happy Birthday,” to my wife in front of everyone. He was a great soldier and we did correspond in retirement…CSM James Armour, MP Corps Hall of Fame, 2011…thank you, Sir!

  18. William Leroy (Lee) Hicks says:

    General Suddath was the best boss I had in 32 years of service to our country. The best of the best!!!

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