Juskalian, George, COL

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Last Primary MOS
00G1-Army General Officer (G1)
Last MOS Group
General Officer
Primary Unit
1964-1967, 00G1, Army Garrison Military District of Washington (MDW)
Service Years
1936 - 1967
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Juskalian, George, COL USA(Ret).
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Home Town
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Last Address
Centreville, Virginia

Date of Passing
Jul 04, 2010
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 40, Site 1

 Official Badges 

1st Infantry Division 7th Infantry Division U.S. Army Vietnam Army Staff Identification

Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007) Army Honorable Service Lapel Pin (1920-1939)

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Last Known Activity
Col. George Juskalian was born in Fitchburg, Mass. on June 7, 1914 and was the youngest son of Kevork Juskalian of Kharpert and Maritza Ferrahian of Arapkir. He was raised in Fitchburg, attended the local High School and graduated from Boston University in 1936 with a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism while concurrently earning a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army Reserve via ROTC.

Lieutenant George Juskalian was called to active duty in November of 1940. During WWII he saw combat duties in North Africa where he was a prisoner of war for more than 27 months ; he was a battalion commander in Korea in 1952-1953; he was military advisor to the Vietnamese Army under combat conditions in 1963-1964 and advisor to the Imperial Iranian Army in Teheran, 1957-1958. Other key assignments included service in General Dwight Eisenhower's secretariat in the Pentagon, 1945-1948 and subsequent postings at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and Fort Benning, Georgia. He retired from the United States Army with the rank of Colonel in 1967.

In the course of a distinguished military career, Col. Juskalian was awarded a whole slew of medals recognizing him for courage and gallantry, including, among others, two silver medals, four bronze stars, the Legion of Merit and Army Commendation Medal. The Silver Star is the third-highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of any branch of the United Sates armed forces for extraordinary heroism and valor in the face of enemy. On more than one occasion Col. Juskalian risked his life to save the lives of his comrades in arm and to lead them to safety in dangerous combat situations.

He lived in Centreville, Virginia with his family for over 25 years and he was an active and respected member of St. Mary's Armenian Apostolic Church in Washington D.C.

Col. George Juskalian devoted as much energy and time to Armenian community affairs as he could. He is a former member of the Armenian General Benevolent Union's (AGBU) Central Committee of America and the Armenian Assembly of America; he has served on the Diocesan Council of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America. In recognition of these services to Church and nation, His Holiness Vazken I, Catholicos of All Armenians, awarded Col. Juskalian in 1988 the medal of St. Nerses Shnorhali. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recognized Col. George Juskalian for his heroism and honorable service to the United States during a formal session on April 23, 2007.

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St. Nerses Shnorhali Medal

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
U.S. Army1st Brigade, 1st Infantry DivisionPOW/MIAOffice of the Chief of Staff of the Army
Command and General Staff College (CGSC) CourseInfantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry 8th Army
ARMISH-MAAG IranFirst Army (1st Army)1st Logistical Command4th Logistics Command
Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACVArmy Garrison Military District of Washington (MDW)
  1938-1939, Break in Service
  1939-1943, 00G1, 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division
  1943-1945, 00G1, POW/MIA
  1945-1948, 00G1, Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army
  1948-1949, 00G1, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Course
  1949-1952, 00G1, Infantry Center and School (Staff) Fort Benning, GA
  1952-1953, 1542, HHC, 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry
  1953-1957, 00G1, 8th Army
  1957-1958, 00G1, ARMISH-MAAG Iran
  1958-1961, 00G1, First Army (1st Army)
  1961-1961, 00G1, HHD, 1st Logistical Command
  1961-1963, 00G1, 4th Logistics Command
  1963-1964, 00G1, HHC, Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV
  1964-1967, 00G1, Army Garrison Military District of Washington (MDW)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1945 WWII - European-African-Middle Eastern Theater
  1952-1953 Korean War/Third Korean Winter (1952-53)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
 Colleges Attended 
Boston UniversityCommand and General Staff College
  1932-1936, Boston University
  1948-1949, Command and General Staff College
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