BG Alonzo D. Dougherty, Jr.

BG Alonzo D. Dougherty, Jr.

Brigadier General Alonzo D. Dougherty Jr. was born 19 July 1936 in Leavenworth, Kansas. He began his military career by enlisting in 1955 with Company A, 174th Military Police Battalion, in Leavenworth. In 1962 he was selected as the second African American to attend and graduate from the Kansas Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 18 June 1962. During the next six years he attended various schools and served as Platoon Leader and Executive Officer of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry. In April 1968, he was called to active duty, became a Company Commander and successfully commanded an Infantry Rifle Company in combat in Vietnam. He also served in the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Birgade as S-3 and S-3 (Air) before returning to Kansas in 1969.

In 1974 Major General Edward Fry, the Adjutant General of Kansas, chose him to develop and implement the Race Relations/Equal Opportunity Program for the Kansas National Guard. He remained in this fulltime position until 1977 before returning to the infantry as a Lieutenant Colonel, becoming the Battalion Commander of the 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry in Kansas City, Kansas. He then served as Deputy Training Officer, State Area Command in Topeka. In 1981 he was promoted to Colonel and became the G-2 Intelligence Officer, then was assigned as Deputy Brigade Commander, 69th Infantry Brigade from 1983 to 1984. On 19 November, he made history when he became the first African American in the Kansas National Guard to be promoted to Brigadier General of the line and Commander fo the 69th Infantry Brigade. His career culminated as the Assistant Division Commander (Maneuver), Headquarters, 35th Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He retired in 1987.

Bridadier General Dougherty's awards, decorations and accomplishments are many. He graduated in the top five percent of his Command and General Staff College course. He has received the Army Service Ribbon, National Defense Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Air Medal (Third Award), Meritorious Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, the Combat Infantry Badge and Bronze Star with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters.

Among his other achievements is working three years as Program Analyst in the Force Design Directorate, Combined Arms Combat Development activity, Fort Leavenworth, where he worked for General Colin Powell, designing the current Army Force Structure and Equipment that proved so effective in Operation Desert Storm. He has a "Doctorate of Humane Letters" from Benedictine College, was Past President of the National Guard Association of Kansas, Grand Marshal of the Famed Exoduster's Parade and a key advisor to the Buffalo Soldier Monument Committee, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Brigadier General Dougherty has been a leader in the military, the nation, his community and his family. He is truly a great Army National Guardsman, Kansan and American. He was inducted into the Kansas National Guard Hall fo Fame on 7 November 1993.