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

Combat Infantryman 1st Award
Explosives Ordnance Disposal (Master)

Parachutist (Basic)Military Freefall Parachutist

Service to 1999
Legion of Merit
Awarded For
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)
RankLocation
Sergeant MajorPope 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)
RankLocation
Sergeant MajorFort Bragg, North Carolina - United States
MOS
11Z-Infantry Senior Sergeant
Comments
Comments Pending
Sergeant Major
1986 - 1999
Army Good Conduct Medal
Awarded For
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
Awarded For
For exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity in active Federal military service, from 1 July 1968 through 11 October 1997.
1997
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Awarded For
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
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Awarded For
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
Awarded For
For exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity in active Federal military service, from 1 July 1968 through 11 October 1997.
1994
Joint Service Achievement Medal
Awarded For
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
Liberation of Kuwait
1991 - 1991
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Emirate of Kuwait)
Awarded For
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
Awarded For
For successful completion of the Sergeant Major's Academy, 19 July 1991.
1991
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Awarded For
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
Awarded For
For exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity in active Federal military service, from 1 July 1968 through 11 October 1997.
1991
National Defense Service Medal
Awarded For
For service during the period of 2 August 1990 to 30 November 1995.
1990
Valorous Unit Award
Awarded For
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
Awarded For
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
Awarded For
For exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity in active Federal military service, from 1 July 1968 through 11 October 1997.
1988
Humanitarian Service Medal
Awarded For
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
Awarded For
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
Awarded For
For successful completion of overseas tour, Alaska, from 5 June 1985 through 30 July 1986.
1986
Army Achievement Medal
Awarded For
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
RankLocation
Sergeant First ClassFort Richardson, Alaska - United States
MOS
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist
Comments
Comments Pending
Sergeant First Class
1986 - 1986
Army Good Conduct Medal
Awarded For
For exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity in active Federal military service, from 1 July 1968 through 11 October 1997.
1985
Meritorious Service Medal
Awarded For
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
RankLocation
Sergeant First ClassFort 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)
RankLocation
Sergeant First ClassFort Bragg, North Carolina - United States
MOS
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist
Comments
Comments Pending
Sergeant First Class
1983 - 1985
Grenada - Operation Urgent Fury
(Operation Urgent Fury) 23 Oct 1983 - 21 Nov 1983
Memories
Assault on Richmond Hill Prison.
1983 - 1983
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Awarded For
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
Awarded For
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)
RankLocation
Sergeant First ClassFort Bragg, North Carolina - United States
MOS
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal Specialist
Comments
Comments Pending
Sergeant First Class
1978 - 1983
Army Good Conduct Medal
Awarded For
For exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity in active Federal military service, from 1 July 1968 through 11 October 1997.
1982
Cold War/Iran Hostage Crisis
The Iran hostage crisis (Persian: تصرف سفارت آمریکا) was a diplomatic crisis between Iran and the United States where 52 U.S. diplomats were held hostage for 44
1979 - 1981
Iran - Desert One
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
Operation Eagle Claw
"Rescure Operation to extract 53 hostages from teh US Embassy In Tehran, Iran. Operation failed to achieve the objective, missio aborted. 8 KIA, 4 WIA. Involved units from 1st Special Forces Operation Detachment (Delta Force), 75th Ranger Regiment
People You Remember
Member of the Rescue Force
JTF Helicopter Detachment
(Alphabetically by Service)

U.S. A.. More
Memories
My team's responsibilities was to conduct a search of the Ambassador's residence for the hostage. A.. More
1980 - 1980
Humanitarian Service Medal
Awarded For
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
Awarded For
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
Awarded For
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
Awarded For
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)
RankLocation
Specialist 5Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri - United States
MOS
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist
Comments
Comments Pending
Specialist 5
1973 - 1978
Army Good Conduct Medal
Awarded For
For exemplary behavior, efficiency, and fidelity in active Federal military service, from 1 July 1968 through 11 October 1997.
1976
Army Commendation Medal
Awarded For
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
Awarded For
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
Awarded For
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
Awarded For
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
Awarded For
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
Awarded For
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
Awarded For
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
Awarded For
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)
RankLocation
Specialist 5Phuoc Vinh - Vietnam, South
MOS
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist
Comments
Comments Pending
Specialist 5
1971 - 1971
Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign
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 significant operation during this campaign.

Lam Son 719 was conducted out of I Corps by Vietnamese troops with US fire and air support. Their object was to cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail and to destroy enemy bases at Techepone, Laos. The operation consisted of four phases. In Phases I, called Operation DEWEY CANYON II, the 1st Brigade, US 5th Infantry Division (Mechanized) occupied the Khe Sanh area and cleared Route No. 9 up to the Laotian border. In the meantime, the US 101st Airborne Division conducted diversionary operations in the A Shau Valley. The US 45th Engineer Group had the mission of repairing Route No. 9 up to the Laotian border. This lasted from 30 January to 7 February 1971. During Phase II US forces continued to provide fire support, helilift, and tactical and strategic air support for ARVN units. This phase was 8 February to March 1971. Phase III ran from March to 16 March 1971; Phase IV was the withdrawal phase.

Faced with mounting losses, Lt. Gen. Hoang Xuan Lam, the commander of the invasion forces, decided to cut short the operation and ordered a withdrawal.

Lam Son 719, though it was less than a signal success, forestalled a Communist offensive in the spring of 1971. Enemy units and replacements enroute south were diverted to the scene of the action.
1970 - 1971
Vietnam War
 
Overview of the Vietnam War 


Vietnam was the longest war in American history and the most unpopular American war of the 20th century. It resulted in nearly 60,000 American deaths and in an estimated 2 million Vietnamese deaths. Even today, many Americans still ask whether the American effort in Vietnam was a sin, a blunder, a necessary war, or whether it was a noble cause, or an idealistic, if failed, effort to protect the South Vietnamese from totalitarian government.

Summary:

Between 1945 and 1954, the Vietnamese waged an anti-colonial war against France, which received $2.6 billion in financial support from the United States. The French defeat at the Dien Bien Phu was followed by a peace conference in Geneva. As a result of the conference, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam received their independence, and Vietnam was temporarily divided between an anti-Communist South and a Communist North. In 1956, South Vietnam, with American backing, refused to hold unification elections. By 1958, Communist-led guerrillas, known as the Viet Cong, had begun to battle the South Vietnamese government.

To support the South's government, the United States sent in 2,000 military advisors--a number that grew to 16,300 in 1963. The military condition deteriorated, and by 1963, South Vietnam had lost the fertile Mekong Delta to the Viet Cong. In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson escalated the war, commencing air strikes on North Vietnam and committing ground forces--which numbered 536,000 in 1968. The 1968 Tet Offensive by the North Vietnamese turned many Americans against the war.

The next president, Richard Nixon, advocated Vietnamization, withdrawing American troops and giving South Vietnam greater responsibility for fighting the war. In 1970, Nixon attempted to slow the flow of North Vietnamese soldiers and supplies into South Vietnam by sending American forces to destroy Communist supply bases in Cambodia. This act violated Cambodian neutrality and provoked antiwar protests on the nation's college campuses.

From 1968 to 1973, efforts were made to end the conflict through diplomacy. In January 1973, an agreement was reached; U.S. forces were withdrawn from Vietnam, and U.S. prisoners of war were released. In April 1975, South Vietnam surrendered to the North, and Vietnam was reunited.

Consequences

1. The Vietnam War cost the United States 58,000 lives and 350,000 casualties. It also resulted in between one and two million Vietnamese deaths.

2. Congress enacted the War Powers Act in 1973, requiring the president to receive explicit Congressional approval before committing American forces overseas.
 
People You Remember
26 February 1970 through 29 January 1971
1970 - 1971
Sanctuary Counteroffensive Campaign
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 proceeded, increasing concern arose over the enemy's strength in the sanctuaries inside Cambodia. With the emergence in Cambodia of an antiCommunist government under Lon Nol, President Nixon relaxed the restrictions on moving against the bases inside Cambodia. Meanwhile, the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong began to move on the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. At this juncture Lon Nol appealed to the United States for help. American and allied Vietnamese forces began large-scale offensives in Cambodia on 1 May. Eight major US Army and South Vietnamese operations took place in Cambodia in May and June with the object of cutting enemy communication lines, seizing the sanctuary areas and capturing the shadowy Central Office for South Vietnam (COSVN) described as the control center for enemy military operations against III CTZ.
1970 - 1970
Operation Toan Thang 42
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 to target the NVA/VC base areas in Cambodia.
1970 - 1970
Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign
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 campaign. This was highlighted by intensified harassment incidents, and attacks throughout the Republic of Vietnam. In November-December these were heaviest in Corps Tactical Zones III and IV (around Saigon), primarily directed against Vietnamese military installations in order to disrupt the pacification program. The most significant enemy activity occurred in November with heavy attacks upon By Prang and Duc Lap in CTZ II (Central Vietnam).

By February 1970 the focus of enemy activity began to shift to CTZ I and II. Attacks increased steadily, reaching a peak in April 1970. Hostile forces staged their heaviest attacks in the Central Highlands near Civilian Irregular Defense Group camps at Dak Seang, Dak Pek, and Ben Het in I CTZ. The enemy also conducted numerous attacks by fire and several sapper attacks against U.S. fire support bases. This high level of enemy activity began in I CTZ in April and continued through May.

During the period 1 November 1969 through 30 April 1970 U.S. and allied forces concentrated on aggressive operations to find and destroy enemy main and local forces, the penetration of base camps and installations and the seizure of enemy supplies and materiel. These operations sought to deny the enemy the initiative and to inflict heavy losses in men and materiel. Further progress was made in Vietnamization through improving the Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces. As a result of these advances three brigades of the 1st U.S. Infantry Division and several major U.S.M.C. units were withdrawn from Vietnam during this period.

The enemy made several efforts to take the offensive at Dak Seang, which was attacked on 1 April 1970 and remained under siege throughout the month, and at Quang Duc in the By Prong-Duc Lap area which ended on 28 December. Only Vietnamese forces were engaged in both of these operations, the Quang Duc campaign involving some 12,000 ARVN troops. South Vietnamese forces again took the offensive on 14 April in a bold 3-day operation in the Angel's Wing area along the Cambodian border. The Vietnamese Army completed this mission in an aggressive professional manner without U.S. support-further evidence of their growing proficiency.
1970 - 1970
533rd Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Control/99th Ordnance Detachment (EOD)
533rd Ordnance Detachment (EOD) Control/99th Ordnance Detachment (EOD)
RankLocation
Specialist 5Phuoc Vinh - Vietnam, South
MOS
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist
Comments
Comments Pending
Specialist 5
1970 - 1970
US Army Materiel Command (AMC)/Technical Escort Unit
US Army Materiel Command (AMC)/Technical Escort Unit
RankLocation
Specialist 4Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland - United States
MOS
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist
Comments
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Specialist 4
1969 - 1970
Army Service Ribbon
Awarded For
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)
RankLocation
Private First ClassIndian Head, Maryland - United States
MOS
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist
Comments
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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)
RankLocation
Private First ClassFort McClellan, Alabama - United States
MOS
55D-Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Specialist
Comments
Comments Pending
Private First Class
1969 - 1969
Fort Knox (8th Battalion, 3rd Training Regiment), ECHO/4th
School
Fort Knox (8th Battalion, 3rd Training Regiment)
Company or Class NumberPlatoon
ECHO4th
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1968
Service from 1968
National Defense Service Medal
Awarded For
For service during the period of 1 July 1968 through 14 August 1974.
1968
US Army Materiel Command (AMC)
US Army Materiel Command (AMC)
RankLocation
Private E-2Redstone Arsenal, Alabama - United States
MOS
55C-Ammunition Maintenance Specialist
Comments
Comments Pending
Private E-2
1968 - 1968

 
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