Cullman Military Heroes Dinner Spotlights Medal of Honor Recipient

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Captain Gary Micheal Rose was the guest of honor at the annual MILITARY HEROES DINNER in downtown Cullman Friday evening.

Rose received the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump on October 23rd.

This humble, authentic, highly decorated military man will be featured at the giant Veteran’s Day Celebration at Cullman Regional Airport on Saturday.

The Military Heroes Dinner was held on the top floor of the Cullman Savings Bank building with a packed room of Cullman military veterans of all ages, spanning all theaters.

Cullman Savings Bank President John Riley was instrumental in facilitating this annual gathering along with Master of Ceremonies Colonel Ken Brown of the Cullman VFW.

Prior to Captain Rose taking the podium to present his Keynote Speech, we spoke with him and his bride of 46 years, Margaret Rose:

Top Cullman artist Pam Willingham joined Cullman Mayor Woody Jacobs to present her stunning artistic rendering of Captain Rose’s image in Vietnam along with his recent Medal of Honor (see above).

Rose’s military awards include:

• Distinguished Service Cross
• Bronze Star Medal with one oak leaf cluster and “V” device
• Purple Heart with two oak leaf clusters
• Meritorious Service Medal
• Air Medal
• Army Achievement Medal
• Good Conduct Medal with two knots
• National Defense Medal
• Vietnam Campaign with star
• Presidential Unit Citation (MAC SOG)
• Vietnam Civic Action Honor Medal
• Vietnam Campaign Medal
• Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry Unit Citation – with Palm Combat Medical Badge
• Special Forces Tab
• U.S. Army Parachute Badge
• Thai Army Parachute Badge
• Vietnam Parachute Badge
• And several service ribbons

Captain Rose’s military a service record is lengthy and profound.

BORN: October 17, 1947

HOMETOWN: Huntsville, Alabama

ENLISTMENT DATE: April 4, 1967

MILITARY OCCUPATION (MOS): 18D Special Forces Medical Sergeant

UNIT: 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)

TOURS OF DUTY
Thailand, 1969
Republic of Vietnam, 1970
Panama, 1971-1973

Retired Capt. Gary “Mike” Rose enlisted in the U. S. Army, April 4, 1967. He attended basic training at Fort Ord, California, and Infantry Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Georgia. After graduating from AIT, he was promoted to private first class and attended the U.S. Army Jump School at Fort Benning, Georgia.

In October 1967, Rose began Special Forces Training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. A year later, he graduated as a Special Forces medic and was assigned to the 7th Special Forces Group. In April 1969, Rose was assigned to the 46th Special Forces Company, headquartered in Lopburi, Thailand. In April 1970, Rose was reassigned to the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam – Studies and Observations Group, 5th Special Forces Group.

In April 1971, Rose attended the Spanish Language School in Anacostia, D.C., then assigned to the 8th Special Forces Group (later designated the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Group) in Panama until August 1973.

In August 1973, Rose was selected to attend Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in Field Artillery in December 1973, and attended Field Artillery Officer Basic at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. In 1978, Rose attended the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course followed by various field artillery assignments in Germany, New Mexico, Korea and Fort Sill.

Rose graduated in December 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts in General Education and Military Science from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma, and a Masters of Arts in Communication from the University of Oklahoma in December 1989.

Rose retired from the U. S. Army in May 1987. He then worked as an instructional designer writing operator, user and maintenance manuals, as well as designing training for the manufacturing industry. He permanently retired in 2010. Rose has been married to his wife Margaret since 1971. They have three adult children and two grandchildren. In retirement, Rose has remained involved in charity activities primarily through the Knights of Columbus.

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Timothy Collins

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