Oklahoma Military Academy
2015 Hall of Fame Honorees
The Oklahoma Military Academy Hall of Fame was established in 1984 as a way to honor and pay tribute to those individuals who have attained high achievements in professional endeavors or notable personal accomplishments at the local, state or national level.
Hall of Fame recipients must have demonstrated an exceptional academic and activity record on College Hill. Participation in the Oklahoma Military Academy Alumni Association or the activities of Rogers State University are also considered in awarding Hall of Fame designation to former cadets. Members of the Oklahoma Military Academy Hall of Fame exemplify the highest standards of the Academy and its motto: Courage, Loyalty and Honor.
William J. Daugherty, Ph.D., '65
Dr. William Daugherty retired in 2011 from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, where he taught courses in American government, foreign policy, national security, and four areas of constitutional law. Dr. Daugherty joined the AASU faculty in September 1996, after serving for more than 17 years in the Central Intelligence Agency as an operations officer.
During his CIA career, Dr. Daugherty served in operational assignments in the Middle East, the Caribbean, and Europe, specializing in counter terrorism. He subsequently served in staff and managerial assignments in Washington, D.C., as well as a tour as an instructor training junior officers in operational methods and techniques. His final assignment was in the area of covert action policy and included serving as a CIA liaison officer to the National Security Council staff. He was one of 53 American diplomats held hostage by Iranian militants while serving in the US Embassy in Tehran, Iran, 1979-81.
Dr. Daugherty received his high school diploma from the Oklahoma Military Academy in 1965 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps the following year. He served as an air traffic controller before acceptance to Officers Candidate School in 1969. Commissioned as a second lieutenant, he attended flight training and, after graduating with as a Naval Flight Officer, subsequently flew with several Marine Fighter-Attack squadrons as a weapons system officer in the F-4 Phantom II aircraft.
His service included a tour in Vietnam, with 76 missions over North and South Vietnam and Laos while his squadron was deployed on the USS America. He left active duty in 1974, and completed his Reserve obligation in 1986 with the rank of Major. Dr. Daugherty earned a bachelor's degree in social sciences from the University of California-Irvine and a doctorate in government from the Claremont Graduate School, with a specialization in the Constitutional Law of American Foreign Policy.
His publications include "Executive Secrets: Covert Action and the Presidency" (University Press of Kentucky, 2004) and "In the Shadow of the Ayatollah: A CIA Hostage in Iran" (US Naval Institute Press, 2001).
His media work includes consultant for Warner Brothers Studio on the movie "Argo;" consultant to and participant in the documentary treatment of "Our Man in Tehran: The True Story Behind the Secret Mission to Save Six Americans in the Iran Hostage Crisis and the Foreign Ambassador Who Worked with the CIA to Bring Them Home" and on-camera appearances for documentaries.
Dr. Daugherty's honors and awards include: Department of State Medal of Valor (State's highest), CIA Exceptional Service Medal, Foreign Service Association's W. Averell Harriman Award, CIA Exceptional Performance Award (2), Claremont Colleges Man of the Year 1981; charter inductee into the Claremont Graduate School Hall of Fame; Intercollegiate Studies Institute Paolucci/Bagehot Award for best book, 2004; Distinguished Alumni Award, Oklahoma Military Academy Alumni Association 2009; Georgia State House of Representatives Resolution of Recognition and Commendation for 46 years of Public Service (HR 645-2013).
Senator Gene Howard, '43
Senator Gene Howard attended OMA for three years before enlisting in the Army in 1944. He served at Leyte and Luzon and then Japan after the war ended.
Upon his discharge, he attended Muskogee Junior College for one year and then enrolled in the University of Oklahoma where he obtained his law degree in 1951. That same year, he set up a law partnership with his close friend, Lloyd Larkin, which continues today.
In 1953, the Tulsa County Bar Association named him the Outstanding Young Attorney for that year. Howard was elected in 1958 to the Oklahoma House of Representatives, and in 1964 he was elected to the Oklahoma Senate, where he served six years as President Pro Tempore.
During this time he continued his military service, being recalled to active duty for the Berlin Crisis (1961-62). He retired as a lieutenant colonel following 20 years of active and reserve service.
Howard then returned to public service in 1990 when he took over as chairman of the Oklahoma State and Education Group Insurance Board, leaving in 1998 to become a trustee of the Oklahoma College Savings and Loan.
Upon being informed of his being inducted into the OMA Alumni Hall of Fame, Howard said, "This is one of the greatest honors of my life. It was OMA which framed my values and gave me what I needed to have a productive life."
Howard is in the process of retiring from his law firm and looking forward to spending full time with his wife and family.
Mr. Patrick Jordan, '63, Posthumous
Patrick Jordan grew up in small town Oklahoma helping his father with all farming chores, including driving tractors and wheat trucks when he could barely see above the steering wheel. As he grew, his parents decided that he needed more life experiences than he would get on the family farm.
In 1959, Jordan began his education at the Oklahoma Military Academy where he completed his junior and senior years in high school and his first two years of college.
While at OMA, he was a member of the Drill Team, Saber Society, and participated in the Cadet Capers and the Fort Sill Summer Camp. His honors included Merit Ribbon, Military Proficiency Ribbon, Best Drill Platoon and Outstanding Company.
Jordan often spoke of the outstanding education he received and the wonderful lifelong friends that he made. Following his graduation from OMA, he attended the University of Oklahoma and Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he received degrees in history and education.
Jordan served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1973, serving two tours of duty in Vietnam. The first was as an Armored Platoon Leader and his second as an Advisor to a South Vietnamese Armored Unit. He was awarded many medals including Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart. After his second tour in Vietnam, he became a recruiter in the state of Washington. Although he enjoyed working with the high school students, in 1973 he made the decision to return to Oklahoma and his first love, farming and ranching. He continued this occupation until his death on August 17, 2014.
Jordan was very patriotic and loved hosting friends and family at his annual Independence Day celebration where his love for his country would shine through. He was proud to have been given the opportunity to serve his country during its time of need and would have returned to its defense again during these troubling times if age and health had allowed.