Wilson, Jasper Jackson, COL

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2010-Chief of Staff
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1968-1968, 2010, US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)
Service Years
1939 - 1968
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by MSG Donald H Patrick, Jr. to remember Wilson, Jasper Jackson (DSM, SS, MUC), COL USA(Ret).

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Home Town
Last Address
Fort Huachuca, AZ

Date of Passing
Jan 17, 1986
Location of Interment
Fort Huachuca Post Cemetery - Sierra Vista, Arizona
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 Official Badges 

Army Staff Identification Netherlands Orange Lanyard US Army Retired (Pre-2007) French Fourragere

US Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) US Army Retired 3rd Corps 2nd Armored Division

25th Infantry Division

 Unofficial Badges 

Combat Advisor Armor Shoulder Cord Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran

Vietnamese Fourragere

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

"Lam Nut Bau troi, Rung chuyen Trai Dat" (Crack the Sky, Shake the Earth)
~ Signal to communist forces telling them to commence the greatest battle in the history of Vietnam. The Tet '68 offensive was countrywide and well coordinated, with more than 80,000 communist troops striking more than 100 towns and cities. The Saigon region was among those areas hit.

During Tet '68, the 25th Infantry Division was engaged in fierce battles around Saigon and Ton Son Nhut airfield just outside the Capital. Moving quickly into the path of the Viet Cong Units poised for the attack, the 25th Infantry Division absorbed the full force of the enemy blows and then counter-attacked viciously to smash the enemy offensive. The Division Commander, Gen Mearns and his Chief of Staff, Col Wilson were in the thick of it. Both officers were in constant heliborne control over the the action as it unfolded.

Col Wilson was scheduled to DEROS on TET '68. He extended his tour for another two months to help with the battle. Many soldiers give thanks to the 25th Infantry Division for their actions those days.

Col Wilson was one of the chief architects for the "Rings of Steel" strategy (Hop Tac) used in Vietnam. As an Aide for Gen Harold K. Johnson and Professor at the CGSC, he helped shape and formalize the doctrine used in this approach.  Col Wilson worked closely with Bernard Fall regarding the defensive and offensive strategy to be used in South Vietnam (see photo).

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Awards & Decorations:

He was also awarded the Russian Medal for Valor, Knight's Cross Medal 1st OLC, and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Fourragere.  There is currently no provision for this profile to display these awards.

Most profile information taken from:   Parameters, Spring 1998, pp. 93-109 "To Change a War: General Harold K. Johnson and the PROVN Study", by Lewis Sorley.  ...and Col Wilson's Official Personnel Records on file at the National Personnel Records Center, St Louis, MO. Including my direct knowledge of him - I was custodian of his OMPF and had the opportunity to see him fairly often while we were assigned to the 25th Infantry Division at Cu Chi, Vietnam.

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   1963-1965, 1542, Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV

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Last Updated: Mar 24, 2010
Memories For This Unit

Best Moment
Given the opportunity to develop and help implement Hop Tac Program.

Worst Moment
Lack of support for the Hop Tac program by South Vietnamese Military Forces.


Chain of Command
GEN Westmoreland

Other Memories
COL Wilson served as advisor to General Nguyen Khanh. He may have had some involvement with the 1964 South Vietnamese coupe. By appearances he seems to have. He accompanied GEN Khanh by aircraft for for his 'dental appointment' in Saigon on 28 Jan 1964 - days before the Coupe.

He was the chief architect for the pacification program called Hop Tac which was started 12 Sep 1964. The plan called for developing four 'steel rings' around Saigon. Each ring to take a month for it's completion.

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Col Jasper Wilson
Bernard Fall
179 Members Also There at Same Time
Military Assistance Command Vietnam MACV

Baldwin, Daniel Lord III, COL, (1950-1980) IN 1542 Major
Boyd, Richard Klemm, MAJ, (1960-1967) IN 1542 Captain
Dawson, Daniel George, CPT, (1958-1964) IN 1542 Captain
Dickinson, Robert Charles, MAJ, (1962-1968) IN 1542 Captain
Soth, Michael Joseph, CPT, (1959-1966) IN 1542 Captain
Stacy, William Arthur, CPT, (1963-1966) IN 1542 Captain
Thomas, Dale Daniel, CPT, (1952-1964) IN 1542 Captain
Brown, Harvey, MAJ, (1954-1976) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Colavita, Henry, LTC, (1963-1983) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Coyle, James Michael, CPT, (1961-1964) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Kilroy, Michael Winston, CPT, (1963-1966) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Harkins, Paul Donal, GEN, (1929-1964) USA 00GC General
Juskalian, George, COL, (1936-1967) USA 00G1 Colonel
De Santis, Edward, LTC, (1960-1980) EN 1221 Lieutenant Colonel
Seemer, EdGwen, LTC, (1945-1969) MI 9301 Lieutenant Colonel
Shea, William, BG, (1947-1977) FA 1193 Lieutenant Colonel
Geisel, Frank, COL, (1945-1981) EN 7010 Major
Hall, Sayward Newton, MAJ, (1947-1965) AV 1981 Major
Abramoski, Leo Bert, CPT, (1958-1964) EN 1331 Captain
Erwin, Lyal Hancil, CPT, (1960-1965) FA 1193 Captain
Markos, George, CPT, (1961-1965) AV 1981 Captain
McCahan, Marlin, CPT, (1959-1964) AV 1980 Captain
McClain, James Harry, CPT, (1952-1964) CA 8104 Captain
Samaniego, Roberto, CPT, (1955-1965) AV 1981 Captain
Walker, Robert Donald, CPT, (1953-1965) AV 61204 Captain
Childers, Phillip Don, 1LT, (1961-1965) AV 1980 First Lieutenant
Galambos, Joseph Gary, 1LT, (1960-1964) AV 1981 First Lieutenant
Jaeck, Richard Elmer, 1LT, (1962-1964) AV 1980 First Lieutenant
Ray, Charles Robert, LTC, (1960-1982) MI 1690 First Lieutenant
Rothenbuhler, Lynn Harley, 2LT, (1953-1963) AV 1981 Second Lieutenant
Galbraith, Raymond C., CW2, (1947-1965) AV 062B Chief Warrant Officer 2
Harper, Richard Kenneth, CW3, (1960-1965) AV 061B Chief Warrant Officer 3
House, William Handsome, CW2, (1946-1964) AV 062B Chief Warrant Officer 2
Miller, David Edward, WO1, (1962-1964) AV 062B Warrant Officer 1
Yeager, Clarence W., SGM, (1937-1963) AG 75Z40 Sergeant Major
Kreder, James W., 1SG, (1955-1976) IN 11F10 First Sergeant
Lunsford, Mackey, 1SG, (1953-1973) QM 1321 First Sergeant
Martinez, Ernest, 1SG, (1961-1987) IN 11Z50 First Sergeant
Hall, Clyde, MSG, (1954-1966) IN 11B10 Master Sergeant
Donovan, Leroy Melvin, SFC, (1955-1965) MI 96B Sergeant First Class
Flores, Douglas, MSG, (1952-1966) IN 11B40 Sergeant First Class
Frits, Orville Bill, SFC, (1952-1967) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
Kenney, Edward, SFC, (1951-1965) IN 111.6 Sergeant First Class
Kiser, David Butler, SFC, (1948-1966) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
McNerney, David Herbert, 1SG, (1949-1969) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
Milender, John Emerson, SFC, (1950-1966) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
Money, Edward, SFC, (1953-1973) IN 11F10 Sergeant First Class
Ward, Tom, SFC, (1949-1964) IN 11G50 Sergeant First Class
Arnett, Arthur, 1SG, (1962-1985) MI 05H20 Staff Sergeant
Bourgeois, Wilfrid Narcisse, SSG, (1946-1964) MI 96B Staff Sergeant
Castaneda, Benjamin Beltran, SSG, (1943-1965) AR 11E10 Staff Sergeant
Fitzgerald, Dennis, SSG, (1965-1989) IN 11F10 Staff Sergeant
Halbauer, David Michael, SSG, (1953-1965) IN 11B10 Staff Sergeant
Jensen, Jerry, SFC, (1955-1967) IN 11B10 Staff Sergeant
Land, James, SSG, (1949-1970) EN 12B10 Staff Sergeant
Lindsey, Coke, SSG, (1962-1968) FI 73Z Staff Sergeant
Parker, Otis "Buck", SFC, (1958-1970) IN 11F10 Staff Sergeant
Tomkins, Richard, SA, (1950-1974) MP 00C Staff Sergeant
Young, Horace Earle, SSG, (1951-1965) SC 05B4S Staff Sergeant

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