|MSG Whitting was the C Team S-2
Section Chief, B Team Section NCO, and a Korean War Veteran. He served much of his
military tour on the island of Guam where he contracted Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
(ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.
MSG Whitting's ALS was inactive until a training mission to Panama
in 1976, where he contracted a rare form of pneumonia in the tropical conditions.
The complications from pneumonia aggravated his ALS symptoms. He died in 1978.
MSG Whitting was a very loyal and dedicated
soldier. Although confined to a wheelchair, he donated countless hours of personal
time to the unit and continued to attend drills until shortly before his death.
In recognition of MSG Whitting's excellence,
C/3/12 created the Outstanding Senior NCO of the Year Award in his name.
Recipients of the MSG Louis Whitting Senior
NCO of the Year Award were determined by vote of the units commisioned officers.
Guam has been designated the National Study
Center for Lou Gehrig's Disease because of the frequency of cases reported there.