Four Inducted to
MI Hall of Fame

    Four individuals will be inducted into the MI Corps Hall of Fame during ceremonies in June. The induction recognizes the outstanding contributions of these professionals to the United States of America, the U.S. Army and the MI Corps.

The four inductees are: James C. Davis, Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin T. Hodge, Master Sgt. Roy H. Matsumoto and Maj. Gen. John F. Stewart Jr.

Matsumoto Joined Merrill’s Marauders
    Master Sgt. Roy H. Matsumoto entered the Army Nov. 12, 1942. After completing training, he joined the 14-soldier language team assigned to the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), better known as Merrill’s Marauders.

    Matsumoto was assigned to the 2d Battalion, which consisted of the blue and green combat teams. In early March 1944, the blue combat team was surrounded by Japanese forces while establishing a road block near Walawbum, Northern Burma. On March 5, 1944, after 38 hours of combat, Matsumoto discovered a Japanese telephone line. Borrowing a field phone, he tapped the line and learned the coordinates of a hidden ammunition dump. The information was relayed to headquarters and the dump was destroyed.

    In another intercept the same day, Matsumoto identified a large Japanese force moving in the direction of the road block. Alerted, the 2d Battalion evacuated in time to avoid confrontation with a nominally superior enemy force. For these two intelligence accomplishments, then Staff Sgt. Matsumoto was awarded the Legion of Merit by Gen. Frank Merrill, commanding general of Merrill’s Marauders.

    On April 6-7, 1944, while assigned to the green combat team, Matsumoto volunteered for another intelligence mission which saved his unit from possible annihilation.

    The 2d Battalion had been surrounded on a hilltop near the village of Nhpum Ga by a superior Japanese force for 10 days. With 40 percent casualties, their supplies cut off and no prospect of rescue, the marauders were in dire straits. Matsumoto volunteered to infiltrate enemy lines to obtain information under cover of darkness, taking only grenades with him.

    He sneaked into enemy territory and learned of the enemy’s plan to attack the U.S. position early the next morning. Forewarned by the information Matsumoto obtained, the green combat team booby trapped and vacated their foxholes and moved into new positions. When the Japanese attacked, they were met with heavy fire from the waiting green combat team. During the heat of the battle, Matsumoto, stripped to the waist and waving a carbine, stood up in his foxhole and imitated a Japanese officer. He called out the order to charge – directly into the Marauders’ bullets. On April 7, a body count revealed 54 enemy, including two officers. There were no friendly casualties.

    On July 19, 1993, Master Sgt. Matsumoto was recognized for his outstanding contribution during the siege at Nhpum Ga by his induction into the Ranger Hall of Fame at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Stewart Commanded 525th MI Brigade
     Maj. Gen. John F. Stewart Jr. commanded the 18th Airborne Corps’ 525th MI Brigade from 1983 to 1985. During OPERATION URGENT FURY, his brigade accomplished 100 percent of the its primary intelligence operations missions within 48 hours.

    As director of intelligence, U.S. Southern Command from 1985 to 1989, Stewart directed all intelligence operations in the region. He directed the planning phases for what would become OPERATION JUST CAUSE.

    He planned and executed successful joint intelligence operations against drug traffickers, reducing the flow of illegal drugs into the United States. As commander of the Army Intelligence Agency and assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence, Stewart reoriented Army intelligence, focusing priority on the needs of combat commanders.

    During DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM in 1990-91, Stewart was the G2, Army Central Command and 3d Army. He was almost solely responsible for the close and continuous intelligence ties the U.S. Army had with its sister services and U.S. allies. These ties were instrumental in acquiring the intelligence necessary for coalition forces to achieve victory.

    In 1991, Stewart directed the Army deputy chief of staff for MI relook task force. This resulted in a comprehensive study of the Army’s intelligence operations, structure, modernization and budget from Grenada and Panama Operations and the Gulf War.

    From his six major recommendations accepted by the Army staff emerged Army intelligence of the 21st century.

    Stewart was the principal intelligence advisor to the commander-in-chief, U.S. Army Europe, for all threat assessments, force structure, operations, training, budges and relations with allies from 1991-93. He directed intelligence operations to focus on current areas of interest in southern Europe, Africa and the Levant States. He was the driving force behind the modernization of the U.S. Army Europe combat forces by intelligence fusion and connectivity from the maneuver brigade to U.S. national agencies.

    Stewart commanded the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca in 1993-94. During his tenure, he developed integrated training simulations for all aspects of intelligence. This was the first training which integrated all intelligence MOS and ranks taught at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

    Stewart saw an urgent need to bring intelligence doctrine into the 1990s and beyond. He directed the updating of doctrine to reflect Army intelligence current and future missions. The intelligence force structure was revamped to reflect its new missions, new equipment and reduced manpower assets. The development of doctrine for joint operations received priority. Stewart pioneered efforts to integrate all Army intelligence related software.

    He determined total intelligence needs and had software developed to meet the current and projected needs, making intelligence more responsive to the user.

Davis Initiated Changes
    James D. Davis served as assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence, U.S. Army, from 1987 to his retirement in 1996. He was responsible for Army intelligence policy, planning, programming and operational activities throughout the Army. He directed intelligence support to the headquarters, Department of the Army decision making process.

    Davis was a driving force behind initiatives which helped civilian intelligence employees not only in the Army, but also in the Air Force and Navy. The U.S. intelligence community recognized and used his expertise for the conceptualization and creation of the Civilian Intelligence Personnel Management System, which improved the recruitment, retention and development of Department of Defense civilians engaged in intelligence activities.

    Under his direction, the Civilian Intelligence Personnel Management System became a model alternative to the Army Personnel Management System. Davis was a leader in the creation of the Senior Intelligence Professional and Senior Intelligence Executive Service Program, viewed as a major step in retaining needed civilian technical and leadership talent in service intelligence organizations.

    Davis was one of the prime designers of the continued development and use of the Army Intelligence Force Integration Master Planner. This advanced artificial intelligence system manipulates and displays total Army intelligence requirements and resource data. Davis also structured and directed Army analysis to support the vice president’s national performance review reinvention lab for intelligence support to land warfare, the intelligence components of the commission on roles and missions and the development of Intelligence XXI, the vision of where Army intelligence must be in 2010.

    Davis advocated the merge of Army scientific and technical enterprise with academia at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. The sharing of university expertise enhanced the Army scientific and technical mission, and the opportunity to focus on real issues enriched the university academics’ experiences. He regularly represented ground component intelligence equities in defense, industrial and academic analyses and studies. Davis was also a guest lecturer at the Army Management Staff College and in Harvard University’s program on information resources policy.

Hodge Volunteered for Operations
    Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin T. Hodge entered the U.S. Army in 1979 and completed a tour of duty in Berlin, Germany. Upon his return, he attended the Defense Language Institute, Presidio of Monterey, for basic Arabic language training and the tactical interrogation course at Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

    He was assigned to the 519th MI Battalion at Fort Bragg, N.C., from 1981-1992. He served in a variety of positions including interrogator, team and platoon sergeant and battalion S2. During this time, he served with distinction as an interrogator during OPERATION URGENT FURY in Grenada, assisting the establishment of the joint enemy prisoner of war facility. His efforts were instrumental in the collection and analysis of data to determine the size, location and resources of the Cuban force and the identification of the 10 individuals involved in the assassination of Prime Minister Maurice Bishop.

    In 1989, he deployed with the 519th MI Battalion to Panama for OPERATION JUST CAUSE. While there, Hodge served as an interrogator and established an automated data base for identifying prisoners and documents for the joint interrogation facility.

    In 1990, he again deployed with the 519th MI Battalion to Saudi Arabia for OPERATION DESERT SHIELD, serving as the battalion S2 and liaison officer with the local community. He also served as shift noncommissioned officer in charge and senior interrogator for the XVIII Airborne Corps confinement facility in which over 8,000 prisoners were interrogated and processed.

    Hodge volunteered for service in OPERATION PROVIDE COMFORT in Bosnia. He deployed April 5, 1994, to join Combined Task Force PROVIDE COMFORT as an Arabic translator. He died in a helicopter crash while supporting the task force.

    Information provided by Maj. Gen. Charles W. Thomas, Chief of the MI Corps, Fort Huachuca, Ariz.

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