Lupyak, Joseph, CSM

Infantry (Enlisted)
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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Command Sergeant Major
Current/Last Service Branch
Current/Last Primary MOS
00Z-Command Sergeant Major IN
Current/Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1970-1970, 11Z50, Joint Contingency Task Group (JCTG) Son Tay Raiders
Previously Held MOS
4745-Automatic Rifleman
1745-Light Weapons Squad Leader
1745-Rifle Platoon or Squad Leader
00F-Drill Sergeant
11G50-Infantry Senior Sergeant
1916-Electronic Fire Control Equipment Repair Supervisor
1916-Fire Control Equipment Repair Supervisor Electronic
3354-Electronic Guidance Specialist Guided Missile
11F10-Infantry Operations And Intelligence Specialist
11Z50-Infantry Senior Sergeant
00Z-Command Sergeant Major EN
00Z-Command Sergeant Major AD
Service Years
1951 - 1980
Foreign Language(s)
Voice Edition

Special Forces
Command Sergeant Major

Ten Service Stripes

Five Overseas Service Bars

 Official Badges 

3rd Infantry Division Special Forces Group Infantry Shoulder Cord US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

 Unofficial Badges 

Saint Philip Neri Award (Gold) Cold War Medal

 Military Association Memberships
Special Forces AssociationAssociation of United States Army (AUSA)Disabled American Veterans (DAV)Society of the 3rd Infantry Division
American Legion
  1975, Special Forces Association [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1975, Association of United States Army (AUSA) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1980, Disabled American Veterans (DAV) [Verified] - Assoc. Page
  1996, Society of the 3rd Infantry Division [Verified]
  2001, American Legion [Verified] - Assoc. Page

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Mr. Lupyak was born in Forest City, Pennsylvania.

Command Sergeant Major (Retired) Joseph Lupyak enlisted in the Army in February 1951, and after a distinguished career spanning over 30 years of active service, he retired in September 1980.

Mr. Lupyak's military career has included a wide variety of worldwide assignments from Fort Bragg to Germany, Panama, Korea, and Vietnam. He was assigned to the 11th Airborne Division in February 1951 and completed jump school in May 1951.In October 1951 he was assigned to the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in Korea. He served for 13 months in Korea and participated in numerous operations during the Korean War.

In 1957 Mr. Lupyak was an instructor in the USARCARIBE School in Panama, and in 1959, he attended the Missile Electronic School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, before being assigned to a British Missile Warhead Detachment in Dortmund, Germany in 1960.

Other assignments include the Sergeant Major for the Advisory Group, Ohio National Guard; Command Sergeant Major of the 27th Airborne Engineer Battalion; Command Sergeant Major, Hawk Missile Battalion, Korea; and Command Sergeant Major, 3d Battalion, 325th Infantry Brigade, 82d Airborne Division.

Mr. Lupyak's Special Forces experiences began early in the history of Special Forces. He joined the 77th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in February 1954. He served in Detachment A Berlin in the early 60's; served in both 7th and 3d Special Forces Groups; participated in the Son Tay Raid in 1970; and served with 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in the Republic of Vietnam. He was selected as the Command Sergeant Major for 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) in 1976 and served in that position until his retirement in September 1980.

After retiring, Mr. Lupyak worked overseas for 2 years, and in 1983, became one of the first civilian instructors hired for the newly acquired positions in the Special Forces School. He moved to the position of Assistant Operations Officer/Training Officer for 1st Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne) in 1984. Mr. Lupyak currently holds the position of Branch Chief of the Special Forces Qualification Course for the Training Development Division in the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.

Mr. Lupyak has an Associate Degree in Business and is a member of the Honor Society. He is a past President of Special Forces Chapter 62, Special Forces Museum Association, and Son Tay Raid Association. He is Distinguished NDIA Lifetime Member for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict, He is a Distinguished Member of the 1st Special Forces Regiment and a Member of the Special Forces Hall of Fame. He has also been awarded the Gold Order of St Philip Neri Award by the Special Forces Association. He was the distinguished citizen of the year in his hometown in Forest City, PA. His awards include the Silver Star, Bronze Star with Valor device with cluster, Legion of Merit, Air Medal w/cluster, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry w/Palm, Combat Infantryman Badge with Star, and Master Parachutist Badge.

Mr. Lupyak is married to the former Goldy Hatgi of Panama. They have one son, Richard.

Other Comments:
Not Specified

 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 2nd Award
Master Parachutist
Vietnam - Jump Wings

 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1951, 2nd Battalion, 1st Training Brigade (Fort Campbell, KY), E
 Unit Assignments
Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School503rd Infantry (Airborne)11th Airborne Division1st Battalion, 15th Infantry
3rd Infantry DivisionU.S. Army77th Special Forces Group(DLI West) Spanish Language Course
School of the Americas (Faculty Staff)Redstone Arsenal, AlUS Army Europe (USAREUR)NATO School Oberammergau/SHAPE
Berlin Command7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)3rd Special Forces Group Airborne
Joint Contingency Task Group (JCTG) Son Tay RaidersARNG, Ohio27th Engineer Battalion20th Engineer Brigade
2nd Battalion, 71st Air Defense Artillery 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade3rd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry 82nd Airborne Division
US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)
  1951-1951, 4745, Basic Airborne Course (BAC) Airborne School
  1951-1951, 4745, B Company, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne)
  1951-1951, 1745, 11th Airborne Division
  1951-1952, 1745, C Company, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry
  1951-1952, 1745, 3rd Infantry Division
  1953-1953, 00F, Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC)
  1954-1957, 11B10, 77th Special Forces Group
  1957-1957, 11B10, (DLI West) Spanish Language Course
  1957-1959, 11G50, School of the Americas (Faculty Staff)
  1959-1960, 1916, Ordnance Munitions and Electronics Maintenance School (Staff)
  1960-1961, 1916, US Army Europe (USAREUR)
  1961-1962, 3354, NATO School Oberammergau/SHAPE
  1962-1965, 11F10, Detachment A, Berlin Brigade
  1965-1967, 11Z50, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1967-1968, 11Z50, HHC, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1968-1969, 11F10, 3rd Special Forces Group Airborne
  1969-1970, 11Z50, C Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group
  1970-1970, 11Z50, Joint Contingency Task Group (JCTG) Son Tay Raiders
  1970-1972, 11Z50, C Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group
  1972-1973, 11Z50, State Area Command (STARC) Ohio
  1973-1974, 00Z, 27th Engineer Battalion
  1973-1974, 00Z, 20th Engineer Brigade
  1974-1975, 00Z, 2nd Battalion, 71st Air Defense Artillery
  1974-1975, 00Z, 38th Air Defense Artillery Brigade
  1975-1975, 00Z, HHC, 3rd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry
  1975-1976, 00Z, HHC, 82nd Airborne Division
  1975-1980, 00Z, HHC, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
  1980-Present, US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center & School (USAJFKSWCS)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Battle of Kapyong
  1951-1951 Korean War/First UN Counteroffensive (1951)/Battle of Imjin River
  1951-1951 Korean War/UN Summer-Fall Offensive (1951)/Operation Clean Up II
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952/Operation Counter
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952/Outpost Kelly
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952/Battle of White Horse
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)
  1970-1970 Operation Kingpin (Son Tay Raid)
  1970-1970 Operation Kingpin (Son Tay Raid)
  1970-1970 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)/Operation Ivory Coast (Son Tay Raid Planning/Training Phase)
 Colleges Attended 
  1980-1982, Others/Not Listed
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