Inductees in Military

  1. Captain William Henry Allen

    Captain William Henry Allen (1784-1813)

    Inducted in 2013

    Allen, William Henry, 1784-1813

    Far less known than Rhode Island’s Oliver Hazard Perry, the hero of the September 1813 Battle of Lake Erie, Captain William Henry Allen was no less daring and courageous. He was born in Providence on October 21, 1784, the son of Sarah Jones, sister of Governor William Jones, and Major William Allen of Providence, a distinguished Revolutionary War soldier, later a brigadier general of militia and sheriff of Providence County. 

    Little is known of Captain Allen’s education, but his surviving journals and letters show a skilled penman and artist whose sketches in his writings were well executed. Allen wanted a naval career, so his influential parents, despite serious misgivings, prevailed upon U. Read more >

  2. Frank H. Alston, Jr.

    Frank H. Alston, Jr. (1913-1978)

    Inducted in 1979

    Frank Herman Alston, Jr. was a noted artist, teacher and designer of many distinctive insignias, flags, badges and medals for all branches of the United States government and the Armed Forces.

    Alston was born on December 11, 1913 in Providence the son of Frank H., Sr. Read more >

  3. George Bancroft

    George Bancroft (1800-1891)

    Inducted in 1984

    George Bancroft, 1800-1891, was an American historian and Statesman who became a citizen of Newport with his home the famed "Rosecliff" mansion, named after the American Beauty Rose that he and a colleague developed. Over forty years, he wrote nine volumes of The History of the United States, and was credited with the existence of the U.S. Naval Academy during his terms Secretary of the Navy. Read more >

  4. Maj. Gen. Harold R. Barker (1891-1965)

    Inducted in 1989

    The late Major General Harold R. Barker whose distinguished thirty-three year military career that spanned service under the famed General John Pershing in the battle with Mexican Revolutionary leader Poncho Villa, and through both World Wars. A native Rhode Islander who settled in Pascoag during his retirement years, he was a highly decorated U.S. Read more >
  5. Colonel William Barton

    Colonel William Barton (1748-1831)

    Inducted in 1999

    William Barton (1748?1831), of Warren and Providence, was a Revolutionary army colonel whose most notable exploit was leading a daring raid in July 1777 to seize General Richard Prescott, the commander of the British forces occupying Aquidneck Island.

    Born in the town of Warren, the son of Benjamin and Lydia Barton, William Barton received a common-school education. He then embarked on the trade of hat making, married Rhoda Carver and moved to Providence, where he acquired the lot on which the Industrial Trust/Fleet Bank Building now stands.

    In 1775, Barton joined the Rhode Island militia and rose rapidly to the rank of major. Read more >

  6. Dr. Robert D Billington

    Inducted in 2017

    Growing up, he just wanted to become a drummer. However, a new journey to reclaim a post-industrial valley, reveal its history, clean up its river, and build an understanding of events that changed the course of America was about to unfold. Bob built an organization and organized communities to bring back the Blackstone Valley from years of disinvestment. His mission; to create an epic vision for the Valley, took more than three decades to achieve. Read more >
  7. Major General George Newman Bliss

    Major General George Newman Bliss (1837-1928)

    Inducted in 2003

    Bliss, George Newman, 1837-1928

    George Newman Bliss was born in Tiverton, Rhode Island on July 22, 1837, the son of James and Sarah (Stafford) Bliss. He attended Brown University, secured a bachelor's degree from Union College, and earned a law degree from Albany Law School in 1861. Enlisting in the Civil War as a private, he rose to the rank of major in the 1st Rhode Island Cavalry serving with valor and resourcefulness in numerous engagements in the Virginia theater of war. At Waynesboro, Virginia on September 18, 1864, he displayed such heroic action as to merit the Congressional Medal of Honor. Read more >

  8. Major General Zenas Randall Bliss

    Major General Zenas Randall Bliss (1835-1900)

    Inducted in 2009

    Major General Zenas Randall Bliss was born in the Johnston village of Simmonsville on April 17, 1835. He passed a comfortable youth in a middle class family until he won a direct appointment to the United States Military Academy in 1850, at the age of fifteen. At West Point Bliss graduated near the bottom of the class of 1854 and was immediately dispatched to Texas to serve with the Eighth United States Infantry.

    Promotion to first lieutenant came in 1860, as Bliss continued with his peacetime duties of policing the frontier. Read more >
  9. General John Bruce Blount

    General John Bruce Blount (1928-)

    Inducted in 1984

    General John Bruce Blount was a career U.S. Army Officer who, according to available records, was the only native-born, three-star general in Rhode Island history. Known by his middle name, Bruce, he was raised in Kingston, RI, and was a 1950 graduate of RI State College (now URI), where he excelled in both baseball and basketball, and was ROTC Cadetted Colonel. Read more >

  10. Vice Admiral Harold G. Bowen, USN (1883-1965)

    Inducted in 1992

    The late Vice Admiral Harold G. Bowen, USN was Providence native and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy (class of 1905) and commissioned in 1907. He was a pioneer in research in the development of radar, jet propulsion rockets and numerous techniques which were directly under the supervision of the Secretary of the Navy, due to the secret nature, recipient of many awards such as the Distinguished Service Medal, Victory Medal with Silver Star and Newcomen Medal. Read more >

  11. John Nicholas Brown (1900-1979)

    Inducted in 1975

    John Nicholas Brown, 1900-1979, was a former assistant Secretary of the Navy for Air, senior fellow at Brown University and a director of the Smithsonian Institution. He directed the search and recovery of the works of art stolen by the Nazis for which he was decorated by the French and Belgian governments. Read more >

  12. Carlton C Brownell

    Carlton C Brownell (1917-2013)

    Inducted in 2017

    Most inductees to the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame are chosen because of their impact upon their state, or even the nation. Some, however, have such a pervasive and beneficial impact on their community or region that their life and work demand induction. Carlton Brownell is such a person. His impact upon Little Compton and “Scunnet” generally, has been enormous. Read more >
  13. George Bucklin

    George Bucklin (1843-1918)

    Inducted in 1981

    George N. Bucklin, 1843-1918, was a great benefactor to the Boy Scouts of RI, enabling the development of Camp Yawgoog and the famed Bucklin Memorials, one of the great camping showplaces of the country. Read more >

  14. Eugene J. Buonaccorsi

    Inducted in 1986

    Eugene Buonaccorsi was sports editor of the Providence Journal-Bulletin, spending forty-six years in sports journalism. He began his career as a Journal schoolboy reporter and copy editor, and was named assistant sports editor in 1946, after serving as a U.S. Army Airborne test glider Captain in WWII. Read more >

  15. Major General  Ambrose Everett Burnside

    Major General Ambrose Everett Burnside (1824-1881)

    Inducted in 2003

    Burnside, Ambrose Everett, 1824-1881

    Ambrose Everett Burnside was born in Liberty, Indiana on May 23, 1824, one of nine children of Irish and Scottish ancestry born to Edghill and Pamela (Brown) Burnside. His father had been a South Carolina slaveholder who moved to Indiana after freeing his slaves. Edghill Burnside became a legislator in his adopted state--a position that enabled him to secure a West Point scholarship for his son Ambrose. After graduation in 1847, young Lieutenant Burnside was assigned to an artillery unit but arrived in Mexico City too late to see actual combat in the short-lived Mexican War. Read more >

  16. Colonel Gonzalo Edward

    Colonel Gonzalo Edward "Ned" Buxton, Jr. (1880-1949)

    Inducted in 2014

    Gonzalo Edward “Ned” Buxton Jr. (1880-1949) was born in Kansas City, Mo., to Dr. G. Read more >

  17. Dr. Joseph E. Cannon (1911-1989)

    Inducted in 2010

    Joseph Cannon was born in Providence in 1911, the son of General Francis Cannon and Mary (Milligan) Cannon. He attended Technical High School and graduated from Brown University in 1932. He chose a career in medicine, and in 1936 he earned his degree cum laude from Tufts Medical School. Dr. Read more >

  18. Walter E.

    Walter E. "Ted" Carter

    Inducted in 2015

    Burrillville native Vice Admiral Walter E. "Ted' Carter, Superintendent of the US Naval Academy, is one of the living giants of Naval aviation history.

    Carter flew 125 combat missions in Bosnia, Kosovo, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. Since earning his Naval Flight Officer wings in 1982, Admiral Carter, a record-setting "Top Gun" aviator, has made 2,016 "traps", or arrested landings on aircraft carriers–more than any other Naval aviator in history. Read more >

  19. Reginald A. Centracchio

    Reginald A. Centracchio

    Inducted in 2003

    Reginald A. Centracchio was born in West Warwick. He enlisted in the R.I. Read more >

  20. Colonel Everitte St. John Chaffee (1879-1971)

    Inducted in 2014

    Everitte St. John Chaffee was born in Dutchess County, New York in 1880. Upon graduation from Yale and then from Harvard Law School, he traveled to Rhode Island in 1904, and married Carolyn Peck of Barrington in 1911. As a member of the politically connected Peck family (William Peck was GOP state chairman), Carolyn was able to aid in her husband's rise through the ranks of the police force. Read more >

  21. Samuel Pomeroy Colt

    Samuel Pomeroy Colt (1852-1921)

    Inducted in 2008

    Samuel Pomeroy Colt, a brother of U.S. Senator LeBaron Colt, shared his sibling's impressive lineage. Born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1852 as the youngest of six children, he received his early education in Hartford, graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1873, and from Columbia Law School in 1876. Read more >

  22. Judge Francis J. Darigan, Jr

    Judge Francis J. Darigan, Jr (1942-)

    Inducted in 2018

    Judge Frank Darigan was born on September 21, 1942 to a South Providence Irish-Catholic family. He never severed his roots. Of the many Hall of Fame inductees from Providence's South Side, Frank's nearly six decades of volunteer social service to his neighborhood is unmatched by any of these honorees.
    Darigan served as a judge of the District Court for 7½ years and as an associate justice of the Superior Court from June 28, 1991 to February 29, 2012. Read more >

  23. Felix De Weldon (1907-2003)

    Inducted in 2000

    Felix De Weldon, 1907-2003, formerly of Newport and Dana Point, California, was a famed sculptor and painter whose bronze statue of the Marine Corps raising the flag of the United States on Iwo Jima during World War II was dedicated as the Marine Corps War Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia. He created more than 2,000 different public sculptures including presidents and kings. Read more >

  24. Brigadier Gen. Herbert R. Dean (1882-1941)

    Inducted in 2015

    Herbert R. Dean, 1882-1941, spent most of his long life in the military including duty in the cavalry during World War I, service as Adjutant General of the Rhode Island National Guard under four governors, and Director of the Selective Service Board for Rhode Island at the beginning of World War II. He was also scoutmaster of Rhode Island's first Boy Scout Troop.

    Herbert R. Read more >

  25. Kenneth R Dooley

    Kenneth R Dooley (1932-)

    Inducted in 2018

    Kenneth R. Dooley was born in Providence in 1931. He graduated from LaSalle Academy and Providence College (Class of 1959). He spent a career in publishing and film production with the media giant Prentice Hall in New Jersey as an executive vice president of the Bureau of Business Practice (1960-1977). Read more >

  26. Barlett S Dunbar

    Barlett S Dunbar

    Inducted in 2017

    Bartlett S. Dunbar, who grew up on Cape Cod, is presi- dent and founder of Bowens Wharf Company, the first historic urban waterfront rehabilitation in New England. The Bowens Wharf revitalization that began in 1969, two years after Bart arrived on Aquidneck Island, provided the catalyst for rebuild- ing the Newport waterfront. Bowens Wharf is a commercial complex of 44 marine businesses, shops, and restaurants in 18th, 19th, and 20th century buildings on Newport's historic waterfront. Read more >
  27. Thomas Eadie

    Thomas Eadie (1887-1974)

    Inducted in 1978

    Thomas Eadie, 1887-1974, of Newport, was a Navy diver who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism in rescue attempts of two sunken submarines in the 1920's, the S-4 off Provincetown, MA, and the S-51 off Block Island, RI. Read more >

  28. Brigadier Gen. Chester A. Files (1892-1987)

    Inducted in 1990

    The late Brigadier General Chester A. Files, formerly of Barrington, RI, had a distinguished military career that spanned thirty-five years. He began in the Rhode Island National Guard as an enlisted man, and covered four different periods of conflict starting in 1916 with the Mexican Border Skirmish as a "mule skinner", and ending as a General officer with the Korean War. A graduate of Brown University, he retired from active service and the Guard in 1951. Read more >

  29. Chief Judge Edward P. Gallogly (1919-1995)

    Inducted in 1994

    Edward Peter Gallogly enjoyed a career that saw him occupy many seats on the public stage. He is one of the few Rhode Island citizens who served in all three branches of state government as well as an arm of the Federal government.

    Gallogly was born in Providence on August 28, 1919 one of nine children of Lawrence and Rose (nee Mimnaugh) Gallogly and grew up in South Providenc. "We came," he once said, "from what was considered a poor background although we didn't know it. Read more >

  30. Frederick R. Glassman

    Inducted in 1979

    Frederick Glassman was a Blackstone Valley business and civic leader who has been honored many times for his community service. He was cited after World War II for his contributions as Chief of Rubber Conservation for the War Department. Read more >

  31. Major John T. Godfrey

    Major John T. Godfrey (1922-1958)

    Inducted in 1993

    >b>Major John T. Godfrey, USAF, a Candian native raised in Woonsocket, was a highly decorated and widely recognized World War II flying ace credited with shooting down or destroying on the ground, 36 German planes. He later became prominent in public affairs as a State Senator. He also operated a successful Lace manufacturing business in Rhode Island. Read more >

  32. Major General Nathanael Green

    Major General Nathanael Green (1742-1786)

    Inducted in 1965

    Nathanael Greene, 1742-1786, Revolutionary War general and George Washington's second in command. Noted as an effective quartermaster general of the Continental Army (1778 - 1780),and as the brilliant strategist of the Southern Campaign of 1780 - 1781, against British General Cornwallis. He was known as "The Fighting Quaker". Read more >

  33. Christopher Greene

    Christopher Greene (1737-1781)

    Inducted in 1999

    Christopher Greene, 1737-1781, of Warwick, was a Revolutionary War hero and Colonel of the famous "Black Regiment." Greene, a veteran of many campaigns starting with the ill-fated march to Quebec in 1775, met death in a Tory ambush in May of 1781.

    Lincoln, James Sullivan, "Col. Christopher Greene," John Hay Library, Brown University, 1863. Read more >

  34. General Francis Vinton Greene

    General Francis Vinton Greene (1850-1921)

    Inducted in 2010


    Greene, F. V. (Francis Vinton), 1850-1921

    Francis Vinton Greene, son of General George Sears Greene and Martha Dana, was born in Providence on June 27, 1850. He entered the U. Read more >

  35. Vice Admiral John T. Hayward

    Vice Admiral John T. Hayward (1908-1999)

    Inducted in 1996

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