Some very, very loud guns sounded near Lawrence Tuesday. They were part of the funeral services for the last commanding general of Fort Benjamin Harrison, Maj.Gen. Ronald E. Brooks. Brooks died Thursday.
As part of the funeral services, there was a 21-gun salute with 105mm howitzers.
A howitzer is a cannon with a short barrel, used especially for firing shells at a high angle of elevation
According to his obituary, Brooks was the force behind the transition of Fort Harrison from a military post to a civilian area and eventually a state park in the 1990s.
The City of Lawrence Government center is named in Brooks' honor
Brooks began his Army career as an Infantry Officer at Fort Benning, GA
Brooks was promoted to Brigadier General in 1985
In 1989, he was promoted to Major General
According to his obituary on the City of Lawrence web page, Brooks' military career culminated as the Commanding General, US Army Soldier Support Center at Fort Benjamin Harrison
Brooks was the last Commanding General of Fort Benjamin Harrison
According to his obituary, Brooks continued to serve veterans in the National Headquarters of the American Legion as Executive Director, American Legion Marketing Services Group
Brooks is survived by his wife, three sons, and four grandchildren.
He was 80 years old