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Service Status
USA Retired
Last Rank
Sergeant Major
Service Years
1968 - 1999
Last MOS
11Z-Infantry Senior Sergeant
Sergeant Major

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

Parachutist (Basic)Military Freefall ParachutistExplosives Ordnance Disposal (Master)

Service to 1999
Legion of Merit
Criteria
The Legion of Merit is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States without degree for exceptionally outstanding conduct in the performance of meritorious service to the United States. ... More
Comments
For exceptionally meritorious service from 1 March 1988 through 31 January 1999, while assigned to 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment - DELTA and the Joint Special Operations Command.
1999
United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)/Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)
United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)/Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC)
Rank
Sergeant Major
Location
Pope Air Force Base, North Carolina - United States
MOS
11Z-Infantry Senior Sergeant
Comments
Comments Pending
Sergeant Major
1992 - 1999
1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D)
1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D)
Rank
Sergeant Major
Location
Fort Bragg, North Carolina - United States
MOS
11Z-Infantry Senior Sergeant
Comments
Comments Pending
Sergeant Major
1986 - 1999
Army Good Conduct Medal
Criteria
The Army Good Conduct Medal is awarded on a selective basis to enlisted members of the Army who distinguish themselves by exemplary behavior, efficiency and fidelity during a specified period of conti... More
Comments
For exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity in active Federal military service, from 1 July 1968 through 11 October 1997.
1997
Army Good Conduct Medal
Devices : Army GCM 9th Award
Criteria
The Army Good Conduct Medal is awarded on a selective basis to enlisted members of the Army who distinguish themselves by exemplary behavior, efficiency and fidelity during a specified period of conti... More
Comments
For exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity in active Federal military service, from 1 July 1968 through 11 October 1997.
1997
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Criteria
The Joint Service Commendation Medal is awarded in the name of the Secretary of Defense to members of the Armed Forces who, while assigned to a joint activity, distinguish themselves by outstanding ac... More
Comments
For exceptionally meritorious achievement as an Investigator for the Chief of Physical Security on the Downing Assessment Task Force, from 5 July through 20 September 1996, investigating the bombing o... More
1996
Operation Uphold Democracy *
Description
Operation Uphold Democracy (19 September 1994 – 31 March 1995) was an intervention designed to remove the military regime installed by the 1991 Haitian coup d'état that overthrew the elected President... More
Memories
Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Joint Special Operation Task Force - 188, aboard the aircraft carrie... More
1994 - 1994
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Criteria
The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who, after July 1, 1958, participate in specified United States operations or those in direct support of the United Natio... More
Comments
Participated in Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY, 8 September through 22 October 1994, serving as Senior Enlisted Advisor for the Joint Special Operation Task Force aboard the Aircraft Carrier U.S.S. Americ... More
1994
Army Good Conduct Medal
Criteria
The Army Good Conduct Medal is awarded on a selective basis to enlisted members of the Army who distinguish themselves by exemplary behavior, efficiency and fidelity during a specified period of conti... More
Comments
For exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity in active Federal military service, from 1 July 1968 through 11 October 1997.
1994
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Criteria
The Joint Service Achievement Medal is awarded in the name of the Secretary of Defense to members of the Armed Forces below the grade of colonel (or captain in the Navy) who, while assigned to a joint... More
Comments
For exceptionally meritorious achievement for presenting the Special Operations Forces Strategic Potential briefing from 13 October 1992 through 29 April 1993, in support of the United States Special ... More
1993
Operation Desert Storm
Description
Just after midnight on January 17, 1991 in the U.S., Bush gave the order for U.S. troops to lead an international coalition in an attack on Saddam Hussein’s army. U.S. General Norman Schwarzkopf led “... More
1991 - 1991
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Emirate of Kuwait)
Criteria
Awarded to members of the Military Coalition who served in support of Operation Desert Shield or Desert Storm in one or more of the following areas between 2 August 1990 and 31 August 1993: Persian Gu... More
Comments
Awarded by the Government of Kuwait to members of the United States Armed Forces. Participated in Operation DESERT STORM, Saudi Arabia, from 12 March through 5 April 1991, while assigned to1st Specia... More
1991
Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon
Criteria
The NCO Professional Development Ribbon is awarded to all enlisted members of the Army to include the Reserve Components (Army National Guard and Army Reserve), for successful completion of designated... More
Comments
For successful completion of the Sergeant Major's Academy, 19 July 1991.
1991
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Criteria
The Southwest Asia Service Medal is awarded for service in the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, that portion of the Arabian Sea that lies north of 10 degrees North latitude and west ... More
Comments
Participated in Operation DESERT STORM, Saudi Arabia, from 12 March through 5 April 1991, while assigned to1st Special Forces Operational Detachment ? DELTA. Liberation of Kuwait.
1991
Army Good Conduct Medal
Criteria
The Army Good Conduct Medal is awarded on a selective basis to enlisted members of the Army who distinguish themselves by exemplary behavior, efficiency and fidelity during a specified period of conti... More
Comments
For exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity in active Federal military service, from 1 July 1968 through 11 October 1997.
1991
National Defense Service Medal
Criteria
The National Defense Service Medal is awarded for honorable active service as a member of the Armed Forces during the Korean War, Vietnam War, the war against Iraq in the Persian Gulf, and for service... More
Comments
For service during the period of 2 August 1990 to 30 November 1995.
1990
Valorous Unit Award
Criteria
The Valorous Unit Award may be awarded to units of the Armed Forces of the United States for extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy of the United States; while engaged in military oper... More
Comments
For extraordinary heroism in action against an armed enemy of the United States, while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign forces, 1st Special Forces Operational... More
1989
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Criteria
The Defense Meritorious Service Medal is awarded in the name of the Secretary of Defense to members of the Armed Forces who, while serving in a joint activity, distinguish themselves by noncombat outs... More
Comments
For exceptionally meritorious service during the period August 1986 through May 1989, while serving as the Research Development Test Evaluation Sergeant Major, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachmen... More
1989
Army Good Conduct Medal
Criteria
The Army Good Conduct Medal is awarded on a selective basis to enlisted members of the Army who distinguish themselves by exemplary behavior, efficiency and fidelity during a specified period of conti... More
Comments
For exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity in active Federal military service, from 1 July 1968 through 11 October 1997.
1988
Humanitarian Service Medal
Criteria
The Humanitarian Service Medal is an individual award, presented to individuals who are physically present at the site of immediate relief and who directly contribute to and influence the humanitarian... More
Comments
Participated in Operation POCKET PLANNER, U.S. Federal Penitentiary prison riot, Atlanta, Georgia, in support of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, while assigned to1st Special Forces Operational De... More
1987
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Criteria
The Joint Service Achievement Medal is awarded in the name of the Secretary of Defense to members of the Armed Forces below the grade of colonel (or captain in the Navy) who, while assigned to a joint... More
Comments
For exceptionally meritorious achievement during the period 24 November through 5 December 1987, while serving with the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment ? DELTA. Operation POCKET PLANNER, Fe... More
1987
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
Criteria
The Overseas Service Ribbon is awarded to all active members of the Army, the Army National Guard, and to Army Reservists who are credited with a normal overseas tour completed since August 1, 1981 (p... More
Comments
For successful completion of overseas tour, Alaska, from 5 June 1985 through 30 July 1986.
1986
Army Achievement Medal
Criteria
The Army Achievement Medal may be awarded to members of the Armed Forces below the rank of colonel who, while serving in any capacity with the Army in a noncombat area, distinguish themselves by outst... More
Comments
For exceptionally meritorious achievement from 20 February through 5 April 1986, while attached to 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment ? DELTA. For eliminating critical personnel shortages thro... More
1986
176th Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Alaska
176th Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Alaska
Rank
Sergeant First Class
Location
Fort Richardson, Alaska - United States
MOS
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist
Comments
Comments Pending
Sergeant First Class
1986 - 1986
Army Good Conduct Medal
Criteria
The Army Good Conduct Medal is awarded on a selective basis to enlisted members of the Army who distinguish themselves by exemplary behavior, efficiency and fidelity during a specified period of conti... More
Comments
For exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity in active Federal military service, from 1 July 1968 through 11 October 1997.
1985
Meritorious Service Medal
Criteria
The Meritorious Service Medal may be awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves by outstanding noncombat achievement or by meritorious service to the United States, but not of a... More
Comments
For outstanding meritorious service during the period 24 March 1978 through 3 May 1985, as Operator, Senior Demolition Technician, and Senior Mountaineering Technician, 1st Special Forces Operational ... More
1985
176th Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Alaska
176th Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Alaska
Rank
Sergeant First Class
Location
Fort Richardson, Alaska - United States
MOS
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist
Comments
Comments Pending
Sergeant First Class
1985 - 1985
1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D)
1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D)
Rank
Sergeant First Class
Location
Fort Bragg, North Carolina - United States
MOS
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist
Comments
Comments Pending
Sergeant First Class
1983 - 1985
Grenada - Operation Urgent Fury
Description
Grenada, one of the smallest independent nations in the Western Hemisphere and one of the southernmost Caribbean islands in the Windward chain, has an area of only 133 square miles. The population is ... More
Memories
Assault on Richmond Hill Prison.
1983 - 1983
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Criteria
The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who, after July 1, 1958, participate in specified United States operations or those in direct support of the United Natio... More
Comments
Participated in Operation URGENT FURY on 25 October 1983, Richmond Hill Prison Hostage Rescue Mission, Grenada, while assigned to1st Special Forces Operational Detachment ? DELTA.
1983
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Criteria
The Joint Meritorious Unit Award is presented in the name of the Secretary of Defense to Joint Activities of the Department of Defense for meritorious achievement or service, superior to that which is... More
Comments
For meritorious achievement, superior to that which is normally expected, during action in combat with an armed enemy of the United States, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment ? DELTA. For the ... More
1983
1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D)
1st Special Forces Operational Detachment-Delta (1st SFOD-D)
Rank
Sergeant First Class
Location
Fort Bragg, North Carolina - United States
MOS
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist
Comments
Comments Pending
Sergeant First Class
1978 - 1983
Army Good Conduct Medal
Criteria
The Army Good Conduct Medal is awarded on a selective basis to enlisted members of the Army who distinguish themselves by exemplary behavior, efficiency and fidelity during a specified period of conti... More
Comments
For exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity in active Federal military service, from 1 July 1968 through 11 October 1997.
1982
Iran Hostage Crisis
Description
The Iran hostage crisis was a diplomatic crisis between Iran and the United States. 52 American diplomats and citizens were held hostage for 444 days (November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981) after a gr... More
1979 - 1981
Operation Eagle Claw
Description
Operation Eagle Claw (or Operation Evening Light or Operation Rice Bowl) was a United States Armed Forces operation ordered by US President Jimmy Carter to attempt to end the Iran hostage crisis by re... More
People You Remember
Member of the Rescue Force
JTF Helicopter Detachment
(Alphabetically by Service)

U.S. Air Force

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Memories
My team's responsibilities was to conduct a search of the Ambassador's residence for the hostage. A... More
1980 - 1980
Iran - Desert One
Description
Attempt to rescue American Hostages held in Iran
Memories
As part of B Squadron, we were on board the EC-130 bladder tanker that was hit by the RH-53D helicop... More
1980 - 1980
Humanitarian Service Medal
Criteria
The Humanitarian Service Medal is an individual award, presented to individuals who are physically present at the site of immediate relief and who directly contribute to and influence the humanitarian... More
Comments
Participated in Operation EAGLE CLAW, Iran Hostage Crisis, Rescue Mission, Iran, 24 through 25 April 1980, while assigned to a Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Task Force.
1980
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Criteria
The Joint Meritorious Unit Award is presented in the name of the Secretary of Defense to Joint Activities of the Department of Defense for meritorious achievement or service, superior to that which is... More
Comments
For meritorious achievement, superior to that which is normally expected, under extraordinary circumstances that involved the national interest, 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment ? DELTA. For... More
1980
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Criteria
The Defense Meritorious Service Medal is awarded in the name of the Secretary of Defense to members of the Armed Forces who, while serving in a joint activity, distinguish themselves by noncombat outs... More
Comments
For exceptionally meritorious achievement from 24 through 25 April 1980, while assigned to a Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Task Force. Operation EAGLE CLAW, the Iran Hostage Crisis, Rescue Mission, Ira... More
1980
Army Good Conduct Medal
Criteria
The Army Good Conduct Medal is awarded on a selective basis to enlisted members of the Army who distinguish themselves by exemplary behavior, efficiency and fidelity during a specified period of conti... More
Comments
For exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity in active Federal military service, from 1 July 1968 through 11 October 1997.
1979
543rd Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Control/63rd Ordnance Detachment (EOD)
543rd Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Control/63rd Ordnance Detachment (EOD)
Rank
Specialist 5
Location
Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri - United States
MOS
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist
Comments
Comments Pending
Specialist 5
1973 - 1978
Army Good Conduct Medal
Criteria
The Army Good Conduct Medal is awarded on a selective basis to enlisted members of the Army who distinguish themselves by exemplary behavior, efficiency and fidelity during a specified period of conti... More
Comments
For exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity in active Federal military service, from 1 July 1968 through 11 October 1997.
1976
Army Commendation Medal
Criteria
The Army Commendation Medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement,... More
Comments
For heroism while assigned as Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist, 63d Ordnance Detachment, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit, during a series of terrorist bombings, Quincy, Illinois, 28 September 1... More
1976
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Criteria
This medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who: 1. Served for 6 months in South Vietnam during the period 1 Mar 61 and 28 Mar 73; or 2. Served outside the geographical l... More
Comments
Awarded by the Government of the Republic of Vietnam to members of the United States Armed Forces, with Ribbon Device (1960 -). Participated in Republic of Vietnam hostilities from 26 February 1970 t... More
1971
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Criteria
The Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Colors) was authorized to be worn by units individually cited for service in military operations in support of the government of Sout... More
Comments
Awarded by the Vietnamese government for valorous combat achievement to a unit which is cited before the Armed Forces, 99th Ordnance Detachment, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit.
1971
Vietnam Service Medal
Criteria
The Vietnam Service Medal was awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served at any time between July 4, 1965, and March 28, 1973, in Vietnam or its contiguous waters or airspa... More
Comments
Participated in Republic of Vietnam hostilities from 26 February 1970 through 29 January 1971, while assigned to the 99th Ordnance Detachment, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit. Vietnam Counteroffensi... More
1971
Vietnam Service Medal
Criteria
The Vietnam Service Medal was awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served at any time between July 4, 1965, and March 28, 1973, in Vietnam or its contiguous waters or airspa... More
Comments
Participated in Republic of Vietnam hostilities from 26 February 1970 through 29 January 1971, while assigned to the 99th Ordnance Detachment, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit. DA Sanctuary Counterof... More
1971
Vietnam Service Medal
Criteria
The Vietnam Service Medal was awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served at any time between July 4, 1965, and March 28, 1973, in Vietnam or its contiguous waters or airspa... More
Comments
Participated in Republic of Vietnam hostilities from 26 February 1970 through 29 January 1971, while assigned to the 99th Ordnance Detachment, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit. Vietnam Winter - Sprin... More
1971
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Criteria
The Meritorious Unit Commendation is awarded to units for exceptionally meritorious conduct in performance of outstanding services for at least six continuous months during a period of military operat... More
Comments
For exceptionally meritorious conduct in performance of outstanding service during a period of military operations against an armed enemy, 99th Ordnance Detachment, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit, 1... More
1971
Bronze Star
Criteria
The Bronze Star Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States in a combat theater, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding ac... More
Comments
For meritorious service in ground operations against hostile forces from February 1970 through January 1971 in the Republic of Vietnam, while assigned to 99th Ordnance Detachment, Explosive Ordnance D... More
1971
533rd Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Control/99th Ordnance Detachment (EOD)
533rd Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Control/99th Ordnance Detachment (EOD)
Rank
Specialist 5
Location
Phuoc Vinh - Vietnam, South
MOS
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist
Comments
Comments Pending
Specialist 5
1971 - 1971
Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
Description
This campaign was from 1 Jul 1970 to 31 June 1971. Fighting continued in Cambodia during early February before and after South Vietnam began its U.S.-aided drive in Laos, Lam Son 719, the most signifi... More
1970 - 1971
533rd Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Control/99th Ordnance Detachment (EOD)
533rd Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Control/99th Ordnance Detachment (EOD)
Rank
Specialist 5
Location
Phuoc Vinh - Phuoc Thanh
MOS
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist
Comments
Comments Pending
Specialist 5
1970 - 1970
Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign (1970)
Description
This campaign was from 1 May to 30 June 1970. This campaign was mainly concerned with the Allied incursion into Cambodia, codenamed Operation ROCK CRUSHER. As American withdrawal from South Vietnam pr... More
1970 - 1970
Operation Toan Thang 42
Description
Apr 29 - May 2 1970; ARVN units, 25th Div and 5th Div and four Ranger battalions from the 2nd Ranger Group and US 1st Cav Div, 9th Inf Div and 11th Armored Cav Regt operation against the Parrot's Beak... More
1970 - 1970
Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
Description
This campaign was from 1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970. An increase in enemy-initiated attacks, at the highest level since 4-5 September signaled the start of the first phase of the Communist winter ... More
1970 - 1970
Vietnam Gallantry Cross with bronze star Individual Citation
Criteria
Awarded by the Vietnam Government to military personnel who have accomplished deeds of valor or displayed heroic conduct while fighting the enemy and have been cited individually at the regiment, brig... More
Comments
Individual award base on receiving the Bronze Star Medal.
1970
US Army Materiel Command (AMC)/Technical Escort Unit
US Army Materiel Command (AMC)/Technical Escort Unit
Rank
Specialist 4
Location
Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland - United States
MOS
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist
Comments
Show Comments
Specialist 4
1969 - 1970
Army Service Ribbon
Criteria
The Army Service Ribbon is awarded to members of the Regular Army, National Guard, or Army Reserve for successful completion of initial entry training. In the case of personnel who receive a Military ... More
Comments
For successful completion of initial entry training, from 1 July 1968 through 1 January 1969.
1969
Ordnance Center and School/Phase Two Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
Ordnance Center and School/Phase Two Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
Rank
Private First Class
Location
Indian Head, Maryland - United States
MOS
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist
Comments
Show Comments
Private First Class
1969 - 1969
Ordnance Center and School/Phase One Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
Ordnance Center and School/Phase One Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
Rank
Private First Class
Location
Fort McClellan, Alabama - United States
MOS
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist
Comments
Comments Pending
Private First Class
1969 - 1969
Fort Knox, KY (8th Battalion, 3rd Training Regiment), E/4
School
Fort Knox, KY (8th Battalion, 3rd Training Regiment)
Company or Class Number
E
Platoon
4
Comments
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1968
Service from 1968
National Defense Service Medal
Criteria
The National Defense Service Medal is awarded for honorable active service as a member of the Armed Forces during the Korean War, Vietnam War, the war against Iraq in the Persian Gulf, and for service... More
Comments
For service during the period of 1 July 1968 through 14 August 1974.
1968
US Army Materiel Command (AMC)
US Army Materiel Command (AMC)
Rank
Private E-2
Location
Redstone Arsenal, Alabama - United States
MOS
55C-Ammunition Maintenance Specialist
Comments
Comments Pending
Private E-2
1968 - 1968

 
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