Randle Cruse

Randle G. Cruse

Randle G. Cruse

Randle Cruse is a veteran of the United States Army, serving from 1969-1971. He entered the service of the Kentucky State Police in July 1971, serving in Kenton County, Mayfield, and Trigg County. He primarily served in Trigg County until his retirement in 1994, retiring at the rank of Senior Trooper. He also served as his post Hostage Negotiator and in Accident Reconstruction. After his retirement, he became a licensed Land Surveyor. He continues to operate his own business and serve the community in the elected office of Trigg County Surveyor.

Medals Received:

  • Law Enforcement Commendation Medal (2014)
  • Veteran’s Appreciation Medal (2014)
  • Military Service Medal (2014)

His Ancestor: Col. John Stull – Maryland Militia

John Stull began his military career in 1757 or 1758 when he served six days in the French and Indian War as a Corporal in the company of his father-in-law, Capt. John White in the Frederick County Militia. John Stull was active in Hagerstown’s Militia and was appointed Captain of the 1st Battalion, Frederick County Militia on Nov. 11, 1775. While Captain of a company of riflemen, John Stull raised another company and was given recognition for his military accomplishment, the Council at Annapolis noting: “The spirited behavior of your battalion has done the officers and men a great honor.”‘ In Sep. of 1776 the Western Shore Treasurer was ordered to pay John Stull £600 on account of the militia.

On Feb. 5, 1776 Stull was promoted to Colonel. His primary mission was providing for enemy prisoners. Though John Stull resigned his military commission on Oct. 19, 1779, the title of “Colonel” remained with him the remainder of his life and long after his death, in personal mentions of him, his estate and mill.

Col. Stull was also involved in several other positions of leadership and influence during the Revolution.  He was President of the Committee of Observation, which exercised the functions of government until the Maryland state government was formed in 1777.  Stull was also one of a committee of men chosen to collect funds from residents of Elizabeth Hundred which would be necessary to sustain the temporary government. He was also one of the delegates chosen to attend the Provincial Convention at Annapolis the following October of 1775, and was also one of four delegates to the first Maryland state convention, held Aug. 14, 1776.  His other positions and accomplishments are too numerous to mention.

Col. John Stull died Apr. 9, 1791 at Hagerstown, Maryland, at the age of only about 58.


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