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UC Professor Knighted in Kentucky

Date: June 13, 2001
By: Dawn Fuller
Photo by Dottie Stover
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University of Cincinnati military historian George F. Hofmann is the recipient of a prestigious honor from the U.S. Armor Association. At a formal ceremony in Ft. Knox, Ky., Hofmann kneeled and bowed his head to receive the Gold Medallion of the Distinguished Knight of the Order of St. George, the highest recognition for long and honorable service to the U.S. Armor and Cavalry. Hundreds of people attended the ceremony at the annual Armor Association meeting last month. George F. Hofmann

Hofmann, an adjunct associate professor for the College of Evening and Continuing Education, is a national lecturer and author of military history. He is a past recipient of the Army Historical Foundation's Distinguished Writing Award for the history he co-edited with retired four-star Army General Donn A. Starry, Camp Colt to Desert Storm - The History of U.S. Armored Forces. Published in 1999, the book traces the history of American mechanization from World War I to present concerns about the state of U.S. military forces. Starry, a veteran of WWII and Vietnam, was the primary architect of the doctrine that was successfully launched in Desert Storm. He nominated Hofmann for the Gold Medallion.

"I'm simply stunned by this honor... I just don't know what else to say," Hofmann says of his new Knight status. The recognition is named for the patron saint of England. St. George was a medieval Christian hero who was fabled to have rescued a princess by using his mighty armor to slay a dragon. The 6,000-member U.S. Armor Association is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to spreading the history, mission and spirit of the Cavalry and Armor.

Hofmann, a resident of Green Township, served in the U.S. Army as an instructor and cadre in the Special Training Regiment at the U.S. Armor Training Center, Ft. Knox. He's a Distinguished Member of the 13th Armored Regiment. In addition to Camp Colt, Hofmann is author of Super Six: A History of the 6th Armored Division (1975) and Cold War Casualty: The Court Martial of Major General Robert W. Grow (1993). He has written numerous articles for publications including ARMOR, ARMY, and the Marine Corps Gazette.

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