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Service Status
USA Retired
Last Rank
Major
Service Years
1969 - 1991
Last MOS
12B-Armor
Major

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

Pistol
Rifle

Service to 1991
United States Military Academy West Point (Staff)/History Department
United States Military Academy West Point (Staff)/History Department
Rank
Major
Location
West Point - New York
MOS
12B-Armor
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Major
1990 - 1991
Meritorious Service Medal
Criteria
The Meritorious Service Medal may be awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves by outstanding noncombat achievement or by meritorious service to the United States, but not of a... More
Comments
Third Oak Leaf Cluster.

For exceptionally meritorious service as an instructor and assistant professor in the Military History Div., Dept. of History, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.

Thi... 
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1991
National Defense Service Medal (2001-Present))
Criteria
The National Defense Service Medal is awarded for honorable active service as a member of the Armed Forces during the Korean War, Vietnam War, the war against Iraq in the Persian Gulf, and for service... More
Comments
Second award (for being in service during Operations Desert Shield/Storm).
1991
United States Military Academy West Point (Staff)/History Department
United States Military Academy West Point (Staff)/History Department
Rank
Captain
Location
West Point - New York
MOS
12B-Armor
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Captain
1988 - 1990
Army Commendation Medal
Criteria
The Army Commendation Medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement,... More
Comments
Fourth Oak Leaf Cluster.

For exceptionally meritorious achievement while a graduate student at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

It was unusual for medals to be awarded to graduate students, but I ha... 
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1988
Army Garrison Fort Carson, CO
Army Garrison Fort Carson, CO
Rank
Captain
Location
Fort Carson - Colorado
MOS
46A-Public Affairs
Comments
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Captain
1985 - 1986
Combined Arms Services and Staff School (CAS3)
Combined Arms Services and Staff School (CAS3)
Rank
Captain
Location
Fort Leavenworth - Kansas
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Captain
1986 - 1986
Army Commendation Medal
Criteria
The Army Commendation Medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement,... More
Comments
Third Oak Leaf Cluster

For exceptionally meritorious service as S-3 Air, D Co. and HHC commander, 2d Bn.-34th Armor, and command information officer, 4th Inf. Div., Ft. Carson, CO.

Ironically, we had ju... 
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1986
2nd Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment/HHC
2nd Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment/HHC
Rank
Captain
Location
Fort Carson - Colorado
MOS
12B-Armor
Comments
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Captain
1985 - 1985
2nd Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment/D Company
2nd Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment/D Company
Rank
Captain
Location
Fort Carson - Colorado
MOS
12B-Armor
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Captain
1984 - 1985
Army Achievement Medal
Criteria
The Army Achievement Medal may be awarded to members of the Armed Forces below the rank of colonel who, while serving in any capacity with the Army in a noncombat area, distinguish themselves by outst... More
Comments
For exceptionally meritorious achievement as D Co., 2-34th Armor, commander when his company was awarded the Draper Armor Leadership Award in FY 1985.

Although it is the lowest peacetime award I receiv... 
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1985
Training Exercise - Reforger '85
Description
Exercise Reforger (from return of forces to Germany) was an annual exercise conducted, during the Cold War, by NATO. The exercise was intended to ensure that NATO had the ability to quickly deploy for... More
1985 - 1985
2nd Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment/HHC
2nd Battalion, 34th Armored Regiment/HHC
Rank
Captain
Location
Fort Carson - Colorado
MOS
12B-Armor
Comments
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Captain
1983 - 1984
Armor Officers' Advanced Course
Armor Officers' Advanced Course
Rank
Captain
Location
Fort Knox - Kentucky
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Captain
1983 - 1983
2nd Battalion, 72nd Armored Regiment/HHC
2nd Battalion, 72nd Armored Regiment/HHC
Rank
First Lieutenant
Location
Camp Casey - Korea, South
MOS
12B-Armor
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First Lieutenant
1982 - 1982
Meritorious Service Medal
Criteria
The Meritorious Service Medal may be awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves by outstanding noncombat achievement or by meritorious service to the United States, but not of a... More
Comments
2d Oak Leaf Cluster.

Exceptionally meritorious service as adjutant, 2-72d Armor, 2d Infantry Div., Camp Casey, Rep. of Korea.
1982
Korean Defense Service Medal (1954-TBD)
Criteria
This medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who have been assigned, attached, or mobilized to units operating in the area of eligibility for thirty consecutive or for six... More
Comments
For service in the Rep. of Korea from Jan.-Nov., 1982.
1982
Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon
Criteria
The NCO Professional Development Ribbon is awarded to all enlisted members of the Army to include the Reserve Components (Army National Guard and Army Reserve), for successful completion of designated... More
Description
With numeral 3, reflecting graduation from the Advanced Noncommissioned Officer Course in 1978.
1982
Army Service Ribbon
Criteria
The Army Service Ribbon is awarded to members of the Regular Army, National Guard, or Army Reserve for successful completion of initial entry training. In the case of personnel who receive a Military ... More
Description
Description Pending
1982
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
Criteria
The Overseas Service Ribbon is awarded to all active members of the Army, the Army National Guard, and to Army Reservists who are credited with a normal overseas tour completed since August 1, 1981 (p... More
Description
With numeral 3, reflecting completion of tours of duty in Korea (Jan. - Nov. 1982), Hawaii (Oct. 1973 - Dec. 1976), and Vietnam (July 1970 - July 1971).
1982
Junior Officer Maintenance Course
Junior Officer Maintenance Course
Rank
First Lieutenant
Location
Fort Knox - Kentucky
MOS
12B-Armor
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First Lieutenant
1981 - 1981
HHC, US Army Armor Center and School (Cadre) Fort Knox, KY
HHC, US Army Armor Center and School (Cadre) Fort Knox, KY
Rank
First Lieutenant
Location
Fort Knox - Kentucky
MOS
46A-Public Affairs
Comments
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First Lieutenant
1980 - 1981
Meritorious Service Medal
Criteria
The Meritorious Service Medal may be awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves by outstanding noncombat achievement or by meritorious service to the United States, but not of a... More
Comments
1st Oak Leaf Cluster.

For exceptionally meritorious service as a mechanized cavalry platoon leader in D Trp., 10th Cav, 194th Armd. Bde. and as deputy PAO and editor of "Inside the Turret" at Ft. Knox,... 
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1981
10th Cavalry Regiment/D Troop
10th Cavalry Regiment/D Troop
Rank
Second Lieutenant
Location
Fort Knox - Kentucky
MOS
12C-Cavalry Officer
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Second Lieutenant
1979 - 1980
Armor Officer Basic Course (Fort Knox, KY), A/5
School
Armor Officer Basic Course (Fort Knox, KY)
Company
A
Platoon
5
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1979
50th Company, 5th Student Brigade (OCS) (Fort Benning, GA), 6
School
50th Company, 5th Student Brigade (OCS) (Fort Benning, GA)
Platoon
6
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1978
Defense Information School (Faculty Staff)/Applied Journalism Department
Defense Information School (Faculty Staff)/Applied Journalism Department
Rank
Staff Sergeant
Location
Ft. Benjamin Harrison - Indiana
MOS
71Q-Journalist
Comments
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Staff Sergeant
1977 - 1978
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Criteria
The Joint Service Commendation Medal is awarded in the name of the Secretary of Defense to members of the Armed Forces who, while assigned to a joint activity, distinguish themselves by outstanding ac... More
Comments
For meritorious service as an instructor in the Applied Journalism Dept. of the Defense Information School, Ft. Benjamin Harrison, IN.
1978
Army Good Conduct Medal
Devices : Army GCM 3rd Award
Criteria
The Army Good Conduct Medal is awarded on a selective basis to enlisted members of the Army who distinguish themselves by exemplary behavior, efficiency and fidelity during a specified period of conti... More
Comments
For exceptionally good conduct during more than nine years of enlisted service spanning the period 9 Dec. 1969 to 22 Feb. 1979.
1978
Adjutant General Advanced NCO Course (ANCOC)
Adjutant General Advanced NCO Course (ANCOC)
Rank
Staff Sergeant
Location
Fort Benjamin Harrison - Indiana
MOS
71Q-Journalist
Comments
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Staff Sergeant
1977 - 1977
25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)/HHC
25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lightning)/HHC
Rank
Staff Sergeant
Location
Schofield Barracks - Hawaii
MOS
71Q-Journalist
Comments
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Staff Sergeant
1973 - 1976
Advanced Leadership Course
Advanced Leadership Course
Rank
Staff Sergeant
Location
Schofield Barracks - Hawaii
MOS
71Q-Journalist
Comments
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Staff Sergeant
1976 - 1976
Meritorious Service Medal
Criteria
The Meritorious Service Medal may be awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves by outstanding noncombat achievement or by meritorious service to the United States, but not of a... More
Comments
For exceptionally meritorious service as an army journalist and editor of the Tropic Lightning News for the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, HI.
1976
Army Commendation Medal
Criteria
The Army Commendation Medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement,... More
Comments
Third Award

For meritorious achievement while serving as editor of the "Tropic Lightning News," 25th Inf. Div., Schofield Barracks, HI.
1975
Army Commendation Medal
Criteria
The Army Commendation Medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement,... More
Comments
Second Award

For meritorious achievement while serving as editor of the "Tropic Lightning News," 25th Inf. Div., Schofield Barracks, HI.
1974
2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment /D Troop
2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment /D Troop
Rank
Sergeant
Location
Ft. Hood - Texas
MOS
11B30-Infantry Squad/Section Leader
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Sergeant
1973 - 1973
502nd Adjutant General Company
502nd Adjutant General Company
Rank
Sergeant
Location
Ft. Hood - Texas
MOS
71Q-Journalist
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Sergeant
1971 - 1972
Headquarters, US Army Infantry School
Headquarters, US Army Infantry School
Rank
Sergeant
Location
Fort Benning - Georgia
MOS
71R10-Broadcast Journalist
Comments
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Sergeant
1972 - 1972
Information Specialist Journalist Course
Information Specialist Journalist Course
Rank
Sergeant
Location
Ft. Benjamin Harrison - Indiana
MOS
71Q-Journalist
Comments
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Sergeant
1971 - 1971
11th Infantry Brigade (Light)/HHC
11th Infantry Brigade (Light)/HHC
Rank
Sergeant
Location
Duc Pho/Chu Lai - Quang Ngai
MOS
71L10-Administrative Specialist
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Sergeant
1971 - 1971
11th Infantry Brigade (Light)/31st Public Information Detachment
11th Infantry Brigade (Light)/31st Public Information Detachment
Rank
Specialist 4
Comments
Comments Pending
Specialist 4
1970 - 1971
Bronze Star
Criteria
The Bronze Star Medal may be awarded to individuals who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States in a combat theater, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding ac... More
Comments
Comments Pending
1971
Army Commendation Medal
Criteria
The Army Commendation Medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, distinguish themselves by heroism, outstanding achievement,... More
Comments
For meritorious service as an infantryman and combat photographer and correspondent in the Americal Div., Republic of Vietnam.

If you're wondering why I was given a lesser award for service than I was ... 
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1971
Vietnam Service Medal
Criteria
The Vietnam Service Medal was awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served at any time between July 4, 1965, and March 28, 1973, in Vietnam or its contiguous waters or airspa... More
Comments
For participation in the Counteroffensive Phase VII campaign.

1971
Vietnam Service Medal
Criteria
The Vietnam Service Medal was awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who served at any time between July 4, 1965, and March 28, 1973, in Vietnam or its contiguous waters or airspa... More
Comments
For participation in the Consolidation I campaign.

. . . and this one we jokingly called the "Vietnam Thank You for Going Award."
1971
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Criteria
This medal is awarded to members of the Armed Forces of the United States who: 1. Served for 6 months in South Vietnam during the period 1 Mar 61 and 28 Mar 73; or 2. Served outside the geographical l... More
Comments
Awarded by the Republic of Vietnam to all allied troops who served in the Vietnam War.

We jokingly called this the "Vietnam Thank You for Coming Award." . . .
1971
Operation Lam Son 719
Description
Operation Lam Son 719 (Vietnamese: Chiến dịch Lam Sơn 719 or Chiến dịch đường 9 – Nam Lào) was a limited-objective offensive campaign conducted in southeastern portion of the Kingdom of Laos by the ar... More
1971 - 1971
Vietnam War/Consolidation I Campaign (1971)
Description
 This campaign was from 1 July to 30 November 1971. This period witnessed additional progress in the Vietnamization program which included turning over the ground war to South Vietnam, sustaining the ... More
1971 - 1971
Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
Description
This campaign was from 1 Jul 1970 to 30 June 1971. Fighting continued in Cambodia during early February before and after South Vietnam began its U.S.-aided drive in Laos, Lam Son 719, the most signifi... More
1970 - 1971
3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment/C Company
3rd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment/C Company
Rank
Private First Class
Location
FSB Hill 4-11 - Quang Ngai
MOS
11B10-Infantryman
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Private First Class
1970 - 1970
Visual Tracker Course
Visual Tracker Course
Rank
Private (E-2)
Location
Fort Gordon - Georgia
MOS
11B10-Infantryman
Comments
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Private (E-2)
1970 - 1970
12th Battalion, 3rd Training Brigade (Fort Jackson, SC), C
School
12th Battalion, 3rd Training Brigade (Fort Jackson, SC)
Company
C
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1970
Purple Heart
Criteria
The Purple Heart may be awarded to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving under competent authority in any capacity with one of the Armed Forces, has been wounded, kill... More
Comments
For wounds received while serving as a grenadier in C Co., 3d Bn.-1st Inf., 11th Light Inf. Bde., Americal Div., on Sept. 3, 1970.
1970
National Defense Service Medal (2001-Present))
Criteria
The National Defense Service Medal is awarded for honorable active service as a member of the Armed Forces during the Korean War, Vietnam War, the war against Iraq in the Persian Gulf, and for service... More
Comments
For service during the Vietnam era.
1970
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Criteria
The Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Citation (Gallantry Cross Colors) was authorized to be worn by units individually cited for service in military operations in support of the government of Sout... More
Description
Awarded to the 11th Light Inf. Bde., Americal Div. by the Rep. of Vietnam
1970
3rd Battalion, 3rd Training Brigade (Fort Ord, CA), D/5
School
3rd Battalion, 3rd Training Brigade (Fort Ord, CA)
Company
D
Platoon
5
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1969
Service from 1969

 
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