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Retired general receives Doughboy award

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FORT BENNING, GA - Retired Gen. John W. Foss and retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jimmie W. Spencer received Doughboy Awards Sept. 22 during a ceremony at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center in conjunction with the Infantry Warfighting Conference.

It is the highest award the Chief of Infantry can present to an Infantryman.  The first recipient was Bob Hope.  Other recipients include retired Gen. Colin Powell and retired Col. Ralph Puckett. 

Foss graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1956.  Almost a decade later, after teaching for one year at West Point, Foss became the first American instructor at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst from 1965 to 1967. 

He was the Infantry School's 37th commandant and was commanding general at Fort Benning from March 1984 to January 1986. 

Foss was also commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command as well as commanding general of the Seventh Army Training Command in Germany.  Foss retired in 1991 after four decades in the Army.

Spencer retired in 1993 with more than 30 years of service.  He had a variety of assignments with Infantry, Special Forces and Ranger units. Among his many assignments, he was command sergeant major of U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, N.C. 

Other assignments included 2nd Infantry Division, Camp Casey, Korea, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., and 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C.  Spencer was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame in 2004. 

The Doughboy Awards are presented annually to recognize an officer and an enlisted soldier for outstanding contributions to the Army Infantry.  

The term "Doughboy" originated in Texas where soldiers trained along the Rio Grande.  They became covered in the dusty, white adobe soil and were called "Adobes" by mounted troops.  Through the years, this changed to "Dobies," then became "Doughboys."

Source: Fort Benning Public Affairs Office

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