Payne, Paul Charles, Sr., SGM

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Last Rank
Sergeant Major
Last Service Branch
Last Primary MOS
11Z50-Infantry Senior Sergeant
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 11Z50, 6th Special Forces Group
Service Years
1943 - 1967
Foreign Language(s)

Special Forces
Sergeant Major

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Home Town
Last Address
Fayetteville, NC

Date of Passing
Jun 16, 2014
Location of Interment
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 Official Badges 

Special Forces Group Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Chapter I/XVIII - The Samuel S. Theriault/Aaron Bank Chapter
  1967, Special Forces Association, 1, Chapter I/XVIII - The Samuel S. Theriault/Aaron Bank Chapter (Fayetteville, North Carolina) [Verified] - Chap. Page

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FAYETTEVILLE - Retired Army Sgt. Maj. Paul Charles Payne was born on March 11, 1928, in Wilmington Del. He passed away peacefully in Fayetteville, Monday, June 16, 2014, surrounded by his family.
Paul lived an active and storied life for 86 years. He joined the Navy in 1943 and saw action while serving on the USS Wisconsin and LST-450 during the capture and occupation of Saipan in June 1944 (Marianas Operation) in the Pacific during World War II. Gunner's Mate Second Class Payne left the U.S. Navy and joined the U.S. Army in 1950.
After serving in the 82nd Airborne Division, 319th Field Artillery, he joined the U.S. Army Special Forces. Paul, one of the first Green Berets - Number D-92, served throughout the Special Operations community to include tours with all but two active Special Forces Groups from 1954 to 1967 and was an original member of 10th Special Forces Group. Paul attained the rank of sergeant major. He saw action in Vietnam with Special Forces, notably serving as the senior noncommissioned officer of Project Delta. Sgt. Maj. Payne served in Special Forces until his honorable retirement in December of 1967.
During his career in the U.S. military, Paul earned a number of distinguished awards to include the Bronze Star Medal, the Air Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge 2nd Award. He was an accomplished parachutist earning his master rating and an avid student, mastering foreign languages such as Russian, German and Thai. Paul continued to serve his country in the employ of the Central Intelligence Agency until 1994, for a total of 50 years active federal service.
Paul was best known for his devotion to his family, country and friends. He was uncommonly bright and witty and, with an ever present twinkle in his eye, always managed the right sentiment for any occasion.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul Allen Payne and Margaret Cox Payne; stepmother, Lillian C. Payne; and a brother, Fred Payne.
Paul married the love of his life, the former Kathryn Todd, June 12, 1948, in St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Delaware, and for the next 66 years they built a life revolving around service and family.
Paul is survived by his wife Kathryn Todd Payne of Fayetteville; son, Paul Payne Jr. and wife Wendy of Fayetteville; daughters, Cheryl Morrison of Fayetteville, Kathy Payne-Davis and husband Sonny of Whittier, Janet Papazis and husband James of Williamsburg, Va., and Mary Mentzer and husband Keith of Fayetteville; sister, Joann Regan and husband Michael of Bellmawr, N.J.; six grandchildren, Jennifer, Michael, Chip, Misty, Charlie and Jamie; and 13 great-grandchildren.
A funeral service with full military honors will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Rogers and Breece Funeral Home chapel with a reception to follow. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his honor to: the Wounded Warrior Project,, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256, CFC No. 11425; or the Special Operations Warrior Foundation,, PO Box 89367, Tampa, FL 33689; or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements entrusted to Rogers and Breece Funeral Home of Fayetteville.
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Combat Infantryman 2nd Award
Master Parachutist
Vietnam - Jump Wings

 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Navy1st Battalion, 319th Field Artillery 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)77th Special Forces Group
7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)Detachment B-52 (Project Delta), Company E (Provisional) Detachment C-5 (Special Operations)6th Special Forces Group
  1943-1950, US Navy
  1950-1954, 1745, HHB, 1st Battalion, 319th Field Artillery
  1954-1958, 1745, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1959-1960, 111.1, 77th Special Forces Group
  1960-1962, 11G50, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1962-1966, 11Z50, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1966-1967, 11Z50, Detachment B-52 (Project Delta), Company E (Provisional) Detachment C-5 (Special Operations)
  1966-1967, 11Z50, 6th Special Forces Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomons Campaign (1943-44)
  1944-1945 WWII - Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Western Pacific Campaign (1944-45)
  1962-1962 Operation White Star
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
  1967-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
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