Taps, Present Arms
MSG (Retired) Roy L.
Sutherland, 89, died on March 12, 2008, in South Charleston, West Virginia.
Roy was a proud veteran who
served 30 years in the U.S. Army. He enlisted in 1940 at the age of
22 and retired in 1970. He courageously fought in three wars:
World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. His
decorations include the Bronze
Star Medal and Purple
Roy was one of the
"building-blocks" of the initial USAMU
Pistol Team and he
was assigned to the team
'50s and early '60s. Roy
was a member of
the U.S. Free Pistol Team that won the silver medal at the 1958 World
Championships in Moscow, USSR, and a member of the gold medal Center
Fire Team and gold
medal Free Pistol
Team at the 1959
Pan American Games in Waukegan, Illinois.
Roy earned the U. S.
Army Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge in 1957 and was
retroactively awarded the United
States Distinguished International Shooter Badge number 130 for
his 1959 Pan American Games performance. In 1959
Roy set the U.S. international Free Pistol course record with a
score of 567.
After retirement from the U.S.
Army, Roy worked until age 86. In 2007, he
was presented the Order
of the Thirty-Fifth Star, the highest honor bestowed to a West
Virginian, by West
Virginia Governor Joe Manchin.
(West Virginia was the 35th state admitted into the Union.)
His military service was also
featured in a front-page article in The Charleston Gazette on November
will be remembered
by those who served with him as a tough soldier and competitor yet
one who had great sense of humor, as a foot-stomping fiddler, and as
an excellent cribbage player.