Hamblin, Paul W., COL

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Last Rank
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1965-1966, HHC, Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV), Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
Service Years
1943 - 1971



Nine Overseas Service Bars

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Home State
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Hamblin, Paul W., COL USA(Ret).
Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Dunwoody, GA

Date of Passing
Jan 04, 2009
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

US Army Retired Belgian Fourragere Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961 French Fourragere

 Unofficial Badges 

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

Hamblin was commissioned a second lieutenant upon completion of the ROTC program in 1943.

He served with the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Europe in World War II and with the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, N.C., from 1948 to 1957. He completed 105 parachute jumps during his career.

Hamblin was an infantry company commander in Korea in 1952.

He served as an adviser to the Republic of Vietnam Joint General Staff in Saigon in 1964. For his service, he was the first member of the U.S. Armed Forces awarded the Republic of Vietnam Army Distinguished Service medal, second class.

In 1965, he was adviser to the II Vietnam Army corps. He was wounded during a Viet Cong attack on the military installation at Pleiku in February 1965.

After 28 years of service, he retired in 1971. He was a training and safety consultant to automotive and heavy vehicle fleets and was formerly a member of the board of directors of the Georgia Motor Truck Association and the Georgia Safety Council.

Other Comments:

Colonel Hamblin was born on May 23, 1922, in Millsboro, Delaware, where he grew up. His parents were Joshua and Flossie Hamblin. Colonel Hamblin and his wife, Sylvia, have been residents of Dunwoody, Georgia, since June 1972.

Paul graduated from the University of Delaware in 1943 and in September of that same year he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant.

He served his country with great distinction as a member of the U.S. Army for the next 28 years. Of particular note was his success in establishing standards par excellence in the area of military-civilian relationships.

His service included tours as an infantry officer during World War II in Europe, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War.

Colonel Hamblin was a highly decorated officer. His military decorations include the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit (2d Award), the Bronze Star with "V" Device (2d Award), the Joint Services Commendation Medal, The Army Commendation Medal, The Air Medal, The Purple Heart with 4 Clusters, The Combat Infantryman's Badge, The Aircraft Crewman's Badge, The Master Parachutist's Badge, The Presidential Unit Citation and 7 Overseas bars, The American Campaign Medal, The European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, The World War II Victory Medal, The Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), National Defense Service Medal, The Korean Service Medal, The Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, The Vietnam Service Medal, The Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 20 years Device and The United Nations Service Medal.

His decorations from foreign governments include The Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation Badge, The Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm Unit Citation Badge, The Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and The Republic of Vietnam Army Distinguished Service Medal.

In a letter accompanying this latter award, General Nguyen wrote, “this medal is the highest, medal after the National Order of RVNAF and Colonel Hamblin is the sole and first American to receive the Distinguished Honor."

Survivors include loving wife, Sylvia Dutton Hamblin; son, Paul W. Hamblin II and his wife, Kitty, of Hudson; a grandson, Paul W. Hamblin III; and a brother, John Lee Hamblin, and his wife, Josephine, of Georgetown, Delaware.

 Interment was on February 11, 2009, at 9 a.m. in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 3rd Award
Aviation Badge (Basic)
Master Parachutist (2 Combat Jumps)

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1939, 10th Pennsylvania Reserve Regiment, Unit Training (Camp Curtin, Harrisburg, PA), 1
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School508th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)82nd Airborne DivisionInfantry Officer Advanced Course
Command and General Staff College (CGSC) CourseUS Army Vietnam (USARV)Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1943-1943, Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School
  1943-1945, HHC, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)
  1943-1945, HHC, 82nd Airborne Division
  1948-1951, HHC, 82nd Airborne Division
  1949-1950, Infantry Officer Advanced Course
  1953-1954, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
  1956-1957, HHC, 82nd Airborne Division
  1964-1965, US Army Vietnam (USARV)
  1965-1966, HHC, Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV), Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1944-1944 Operation Overlord/D-Day Beach Landings - Operation Neptune
  1944-1944 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Northern France Campaign (1944)
  1944-1944 Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)/Operation Market Garden
  1944-1945 Ardennes Alsace Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of the Bulge
  1945-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Central Europe Campaign (1945)
  1945-1945 Central Europe Campaign (1945)/Victory in Europe Day (VE Day - 8May45)
  1945-1946 US Occupation of Germany (WWII)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1964-1965 Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (1962-65)
  1965-1965 Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)
  1965-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Delaware
  1939-1943, University of Delaware
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