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Author:  dukemat [ Tue Sep 01, 2020 9:58 am ]
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sorry to hear that sad news..........R.I.P.

Author:  CSAJG1136 [ Wed Sep 02, 2020 1:20 pm ]
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John and I kept up running battles for years. When i first joined the AoA, John was there and remained, i looked up to him and finally got lucky enough to play him. I never had the honor to meet him, but consider him a dear friend. He never mentioned to me that he was ill, I certainly couldn't tell as he had me on the run in Shen. I will miss him greatly. He was very clever, never showed fear, and had a great sense of humor.

i will load some artillery with my infantry in some yanks face in his honor.

21 gun salute.

Jim Garner

Author:  T. Borling [ Wed Sep 02, 2020 3:52 pm ]
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Really sad news. I have played dozens if not hundreds of games here and over at The Blitz and other clubs with many opponents and still remember the games with John among the most enjoyable.

R.I.P. John.

Author:  Robert Frost [ Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:31 am ]
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Sad to hear. I competed in a number of MP games in the past few years with John.

"Let us cross over the river, and rest under the shade of the trees."

Author:  B. Kolcun [ Sat Sep 05, 2020 7:05 am ]
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I am proud to say that I was soundly defeated in the field by General Dragan on many occasions. Hats off to you sir and Godspeed!

RIP John.

Author:  Sean Turner [ Wed Sep 09, 2020 1:08 pm ]
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May he currently be enjoying the shady trees with a mint julip and many a war story.

<salute>

Author:  Scott Ludwig [ Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:16 pm ]
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The Memorial Page has been updated to include John. I've also created a page with his official records: http://www.wargame.ch/wc/acw/sub/AoT/Jo ... n_OBD.html

Author:  Scott Ludwig [ Tue Sep 15, 2020 10:29 pm ]
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Cross Over the River - by Mort Künstler

In Remembrance of General John Dragan

With the news of John's passing I wanted to put together some final honors for him and his many years of service to the Club.

John joined in January 2003 and after graduating from the Vicksburg Military Institute (VMI) that February he was assigned to the Army of Alabama (AoA), an army he would later command. As General Kunz mentioned John's rise to over 1,000 games played started right away in his first year as a member. In April 2004 John was assigned to Division Command and with the exception of 2 1/2 years he served the Club in various leadership positions right up until his passing. He spent 7 years on the Cabinet, first from 2009-2011 and then from 2015-present, where he provided his assistance and thoughts on a variety of topics. He served his entire 17 year career in the Western Theater, first with the Army of Alabama (AoA) and then when the armies were consolidated the Army of the West (AotW) which became the current Army of Tennessee (AoT). With the Army of Alabama (AoA) he served as Division Commander of the 2nd Division, II Corps from 2004-2005, then he more famously served as the Corps Commander of the III Corps from 2005-2009 and finally as the Army Commander from 2009-2010. Finally since 2014 he served as Division Commander of 3rd (Hindman’s) Division in II (Stewart's) Corps. John was also a Vicksburg Military Institute (VMI) Instructor having trained 10 recruits in his time at VMI.

It was John's battlefield prowess though that made him famous! As General Jim Garner noted about John on the battlefield "with his cannons charging forward with his infantry right in your face!" A total of 1,083 games spanning his 17 years in the club. No one has come close to that amount of games. He lost more games than he won, but John didn't care. It was the friendships & fun that mattered to him. He would often be found in the throws of a multiplayer game, while also playing one on one games. He's surpassed all the other CSA Officers when it came to different awards and honors. Like General McOmish said, kept us busy making new ribbons for the CSA's awards. Something I did even when putting together this post. He played a lot of campaign games, especially with General's Antony Barlow, David Danner and Derald Riggs, as well as other games with Ned Simms, Michael Dowling, David Swartz and Brett Kolcun to name a few. His opponent list really is a who's who of the Union Army. Since March of 2017 the Army of Tennessee (AoT) has been awarding Monthly Corps Awards for the most combined total of major/minor victories in battle against Union opponents in a month. John has won the The Bishop Medal of Recognition, the Monthly Corps Award for II (Stewart's) Corps a total of 24 times. Over half of The Bishop Medal of Recognition's awarded to date have been won by him. John is the first known club member to ever pass 10,000 points and while finalizing John's record in the club, his desire to pass 12,000 points has happened as well. His total points stand at 12,246.29 with 7,834.615 of those points being from games played! John has been listed as The Top Gun of the CSA for close to a decade.

With this in mind, I've (posthumously) awarded John the following honors:

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The Cabinet also voted to award John the ACWGC Legion of Merit for his service to the club:

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As several folks have mentioned John was a gentleman and he truly loved the games & the club. His voluminous games played, his countless hours spent corresponding with his fellow gamers, his humor & candor and his volunteer, can do spirit has left a lasting indelible mark upon the club as a whole! There's hardly a home or hearth of the officers on either side that hasn't had a direct or indirect benefit from John's legacy. In fact that legacy will live on for many years to come in the greatest gift John gave us all, the motto of VMI since 2007, which is basically the club's motto:

It's Better to Win a Friend than it is to win a battle

May we continue to honor John's legacy by always keeping this mind!

We bid you farewell John & thank you for the all you gave us. You'll be sorely missed, but long remembered!

Author:  Ernie Sands [ Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:35 pm ]
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Author:  Joe Meyer [ Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:14 pm ]
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Author:  S. Eichelberger [ Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:39 pm ]
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Author:  warhorse123 [ Fri Sep 18, 2020 6:55 am ]
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Author:  Walt Dortch [ Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:17 am ]
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Very nicely done Scott.

Here's an idea to keep our memory of him and what he meant to the Club in front of us.

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Author:  L. Newell [ Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:34 am ]
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Author:  Walt Dortch [ Wed Sep 23, 2020 12:02 pm ]
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Gentlemen <salute>
Thanks to David Mallory, a photo of the vaunted warrior taken at Shiloh Battlefield in 2006. Despite all the carnage he inflicted and sustained, he looks like, well, a pretty nice guy!
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