The Passing of Major General Leroy Suddath, Jr., United States Army (ret.)

Major General Suddath passed away in Savannah on February 27, 2020. A native of Savannah, General Suddath attended both Auburn University and the University of Georgia prior to his acceptance at West Point.  He graduated in 1956 as an Infantry Second-Lieutenant.

General Suddath compiled an impressive Army career.  He served 2 ½-years in Vietnam, earning six awards for valor in combat.  His overall service awards and decorations included the Distinguished Service Medal, two Silver Stars, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and five Bronze Stars.  All in addition to the Master Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.

General Suddath held numerous command positions, to include Assistant Division Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Berlin Brigade, and the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

The General retired from the United States Army in 1988, following an outstanding 32-year military career.  He remained active with several Savannah organizations, to include the West Point Society of Savannah and St. John’s Church, were he previously served on the vestry and was a former president of the men’s club there.

At his passing, the General was 89 years of age.  A genuine warrior and American patriot, he will be dearly missed by friends here and around the nation.