By Sgt. Robin Perry
Louisiana National Guard Public Affairs Office
MINDEN, La. – Friends, family and fellow Guardsmen gathered in Minden, March 16, to honor retired Command Sgt. Maj. Johnny R. Morrow as he was inducted into the Louisiana National Guard Hall of Fame.
Brig. Gen. Glenn H. Curtis, the adjutant general of the LANG, and Maj. Gen. Bennett C. Landreneau, the recently retired adjutant general under whom Morrow served as state command sergeant major, both praised Morrow’s dedication to the LANG and to the non-commissioned officer’s corps.
“You are a Soldier’s Soldier – always leading from the front,” said Curtis.
Along with numerous award presentations, a portrait of Morrow was unveiled, which will join the portraits of the 15 other Hall of Fame members in Fleming Hall at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans. The portrait holds special significance as the artist, Capt. Heather Englehart, is the first member of the LANG to be commissioned to paint a Hall of Fame portrait.
“The only reason I’m here is because of all you out there,” insisted Morrow in response to the accolades he received.
Morrow was born in Jonesboro, La., and graduated from Jonesboro Hodge High School in May 1964. Morrow now resides in Pineville and is married to the former Mary Jo Stillwell, of Bossier City. They have one daughter, Brandi Morrow of Georgetown, Ky.; three sons, Brian, Sean, and David of Pineville; and nine grandchildren.
The Louisiana National Guard Hall of Fame was established to honor former LANG members who distinguished themselves in their military and civilian endeavors. To be eligible for admission to the Hall of Fame, a nominee must have at least five years of creditable service in the LANG and have served faithfully and honorably as an officer, warrant officer or enlisted member.