Wilson, Jasper Jackson, COL

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Armor (Officer)
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 2010, US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)
Service Years
1939 - 1968
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Cold War Certificate



Ten Overseas Service Bars

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by MSG Donald H Patrick, Jr. to remember Wilson, Jasper Jackson (DSM, SS, MUC), COL USA(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Fort Huachuca, AZ

Date of Passing
Jan 17, 1986
Location of Interment
Fort Huachuca Post Cemetery - Sierra Vista, Arizona
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Not Specified

 Official Badges 

25th Infantry Division 2nd Armored Division 3rd Corps US Army Retired

US Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) Army Staff Identification Netherlands Orange Lanyard US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

French Fourragere

 Unofficial Badges 

Combat Advisor Armor Shoulder Cord Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran

Vietnamese Fourragere

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

"Lam Nut Bau troi, Rung chuyen Trai Dat" (Crack the Sky, Shake the Earth)
~ Signal to communist forces telling them to commence the greatest battle in the history of Vietnam. The Tet '68 offensive was countrywide and well coordinated, with more than 80,000 communist troops striking more than 100 towns and cities. The Saigon region was among those areas hit.

During Tet '68, the 25th Infantry Division was engaged in fierce battles around Saigon and Ton Son Nhut airfield just outside the Capital. Moving quickly into the path of the Viet Cong Units poised for the attack, the 25th Infantry Division absorbed the full force of the enemy blows and then counter-attacked viciously to smash the enemy offensive. The Division Commander, Gen Mearns and his Chief of Staff, Col Wilson were in the thick of it. Both officers were in constant heliborne control over the the action as it unfolded.

Col Wilson was scheduled to DEROS on TET '68. He extended his tour for another two months to help with the battle. Many soldiers give thanks to the 25th Infantry Division for their actions those days.

Col Wilson was one of the chief architects for the "Rings of Steel" strategy (Hop Tac) used in Vietnam. As an Aide for Gen Harold K. Johnson and Professor at the CGSC, he helped shape and formalize the doctrine used in this approach.  Col Wilson worked closely with Bernard Fall regarding the defensive and offensive strategy to be used in South Vietnam (see photo).

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Awards & Decorations:

He was also awarded the Russian Medal for Valor, Knight's Cross Medal 1st OLC, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Fourragere.  There is currently no provision for this profile to display these awards.

Most profile information taken from:   Parameters, Spring 1998, pp. 93-109 "To Change a War: General Harold K. Johnson and the PROVN Study", by Lewis Sorley.  ...and Col Wilson's Official Personnel Records on file at the National Personnel Records Center, St Louis, MO. Including my direct knowledge of him - I was custodian of his OMPF and had the opportunity to see him fairly often while we were assigned to the 25th Infantry Division at Cu Chi, Vietnam.

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1936, US Military Academy (West Point, NY), B
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
III Corps (3rd Corps)XIX Corps2nd Armored Division2nd Armored Division (Forward)
82nd Armored Reconnaissance Battalion504th Army Security Agency GroupArmed Forces Staff College (Staff)US Continental Army Command (CONARC)
United States Defense Attache Office, Turkey, Defense Attache Office (USDAO)Command and General Staff College (CGSC) CourseMilitary Assistance Command Vietnam MACVOffice of the Chief of Staff of the Army
25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)
  1942-1943, 1620, III Corps (3rd Corps)
  1943-1943, 2162, XIX Corps
  1943-1945, 2162, XIX Corps
  1945-1945, 2162, HHC, 2nd Armored Division
  1945-1945, 2162, 2nd Armored Division (Forward)
  1945-1946, 1620, HHC, 82nd Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
  1946-1946, 1620, HHC, 82nd Armored Reconnaissance Battalion
  1950-1952, 9600, 504th Army Security Agency Group
  1952-1953, 1560, 2nd Armored Division (Forward)
  1953-1954, 2701, Armed Forces Staff College (Staff)
  1954-1957, 2040, US Continental Army Command (CONARC)
  1957-1959, 2162, United States Defense Attache Office, Turkey, Defense Attache Office (USDAO)
  1959-1963, 2520, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
  1963-1965, 1542, HHC, Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1965-1967, 2030, Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army
  1967-1968, 2010, 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)
  1968-1968, 2010, US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Normandy Campaign (1944)/Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
  1944-1944 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of the Bulge
  1944-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)
  1945-1945 WWII - European Theater of Operations/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1964-1965 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (1962-65)
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
United States Military Academy
  1936-1939, United States Military Academy
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