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2012 Achievement Awards

James Paul Duke, Jr.
James Paul Duke, Jr.
Class of 1939
Bill Talbert
Class of 1965
Susan Roley Malone Cindy Gleisberg
Susan Roley Malone
Class of 1965
Cindy Gleisberg
Class of 1979


James Paul Duke, Jr.

JAMES PAUL DUKE, JR. (39).  Paul was the oldest of eight children born to James Paul Duke and Florence Hilda de la Barre.  They lived in Baltimore and then Washington, D.C., moving to Clinton in 1934 when Paul Jr. was 13 years old.  As a teenager, Paul raised a dairy cow to provide milk and milk products for the family. He was active in 4-H and was selected to be a 4-H All-Star.  After graduating from Surrattsville in 1939, Paul attended on to the University of Maryland where he completed a degree in Animal Husbandry in three years, working at the University dairy all three years.  He planned to be a dairy farmer.  He enlisted in ROTC and upon graduation entered service in the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant.


Paul completed training in Colorado as a ski trooper for the planned invasion of Norway.  When he arrived in England for that assignment, the ski invasion was cancelled.  He was reassigned and trained to become a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne.  During Operation Market Garden in September 1944 (as portrayed in the movie "A Bridge Too Far"), Paul parachuted behind enemy lines in the area of Nijmegen, The Netherlands as a member of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. 


Paul was wounded in action in the town of Overasselt, The Netherlands.  Paul was listed as missing in action for several months.  It was then determined he had died on September 26, 1944.  Paul is buried in the Ardennes American Cemetery at Neupre, Belgium, near Liege.  After the war, J. Peters Weems, a town clerk of Overasselt, found Paul’s military backpack.  He mailed Paul’s prayer book to his parents.  The Weems' named their firstborn son James Paul, in memory of Paul.  James Paul Weems visited Paul’s parents on several occasions and later became a medical doctor.


Paul was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Orange Lanyard of the Royal Netherlands Army.  Paul's inspiring story is emblematic of the extraordinary, and in many cases ultimate, sacrifices that have been made by so many members of the Surrattsville community and their families in the service of others.  The Foundation is so proud to honor this extraordinary member of the greatest generation.



Bill Talbert

BILL TALBERT (65).  After graduation from Surrattsville, Bill entered the U.S. Navy submarine service, serving aboard the USS Sea Poacher.  After leaving the Navy, Bill joined the Montgomery County Police Department in 1971.  As a decorated police officer, Bill received numerous awards for meritorious service and valor in the line of duty. He received multiple lifesaving awards, including a Governor’s Citation and a Commendation for Heroism by the Veterans Administration. Bill also received multiple awards from Mothers Against Drunk Driving for being a top drunk driving enforcement officer, was an honorary lieutenant colonel in the Alabama State Militia, and was recognized by the Maryland General Assembly in Maryland Senate Resolution 71.  In 1978, he received the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce Bronze Medal of Valor for heroic lifesaving measures. Bill retired in 1984 due to a service-connected disability.


Bill died on January 27, 2012 from Hepatitis C that he contracted from a blood transfusion after being injured by a drunk driver on June 30, 1983.  Bill was standing between his patrol car and another vehicle when a drunk driver struck one of the vehicles, causing Bill to be pinned between them.  He was transported to a local hospital where he underwent a blood transfusion, and it was discovered later that the blood he received was infected with Hepatitis C.  Therefore, the Montgomery County Police have classified Bill's death as a death in the line of duty.


Bill is survived by his wife, daughter, three sons, ten grandchildren, and sister. One of his sons serves with the Maryland State Police.  The Foundation is very proud to recognize Bill's extraordinary record of public service, both in the Navy and with the Montgomery County Police, and to recognize his ultimate sacrifice with a 2012 Achievement Award.



Susan Roley Malone

SUSAN ROLEY MALONE (65).  After a distinguished career at Surrattsville, Susan has compiled an extraordinary list of outstanding achievements.  In 1972, she became one of the first two female FBI agents.  She later served as a Colonel in the US Marine Corps, served as the National President of the USMCR Officers Association, served with the Department of State, served with the UN War Crimes Tribunal, and served in UN posts in Iraq, Jordan and Indonesia.  Susan continues to serve her country in Afghanistan where she is employed as a civilian US Army employee and NATO supervisor.


While at the FBI, Susan participated in operations at Wounded Knee, SD, was a member of the Patti Hearst kidnapping investigation team, and managed and investigated organized crime and sensitive security cases related to national security.

While in the Marines, Susan briefed and provided daily guidance and recommendations to the Secretary of Defense and other senior Pentagon leaders, dealing with such areas as Panama, El Salvador, Honduras, the Philippines, the first Gulf War, Haiti and the former Yugoslavia.  She supervised and led an immediate staff of 50 colonels, GS-14/15 and 0-4 to 0-5 experts, and a secondary staff of over 100 military and civilians. As Director of Operations for task force, she led experts from five NATO nations.  During a tour in the Department of Defense Inspector General's Office, Susan conducted, supervised and led complex investigations at the national and international levels, authored programs to deter fraud, waste and abuse in the DOD, briefed and advised the Secretary of Defense and his principal deputies, and was the Team Leader for the DOD Gulf War Logs Task Force, a task force mandated by Congress to investigate the causes of Gulf War Syndrome.


Susan received a BA degree from Cal State Fullerton, an MA from Pepperdine University, and an MA from the US Army War College.  Susan is the recipient of numerous military and civilian awards, and has served on numerous commissions and advisory boards.  The Foundation is extremely proud to recognize this truly ground-breaking member of the Surrattsville community.



Cindy Gleisberg


CINDY GLEISBERG (79).  After leaving Surrattsville, Cindy attended the Florida Institute of Technology and the University of Texas-El Paso where she received Aviation Sciences and Business Administration degrees in 1982 and 1983.  From 1984-1988, Cindy was an Army Maintenance Test pilot, flying Blackhawk helicopters, at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.  After a helicopter crash ended her career as a pilot, Cindy continued her Army training while attending law school at the College of William & Mary, receiving her law degree in 1991 when she began her career as an Army Judge Advocate, rising to the post of Command Judge Advocate of the Army Safety Center where she supported a staff of 125 dealing with safety issues Army-wide.  Cindy earned a Master of Laws degree at the Judge Advocate General's School in 1995.


While serving as a Judge Advocate, Cindy developed the content for, managed and taught annual training programs within her organization and for the Army at large.  She also served as a member of the Joint Services Safety Council and worked on projects with NASA. Cindy received numerous commendations and awards during her distinguished career in the Army, including the Legion of Merit and the Career Armed Services Attorney Award given to the top Army Judge Advocate.


Cindy currently is retired from the Army and is the president of CG Legal Services, LLC, a firm that represents clients in civil matters, assists small businesses desiring to enter the federal marketplace, and advises clients on matters such as labor relations, safety and ethics.  Cindy has served on the adjunct faculty at both Huntingdon College and Troy State University.  The Foundation is very proud to recognize this extraordinarily multi-talented alumna.