Austin, E. Ray, MSG

Adjutant General (Enlisted)
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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Current/Last Service Branch
Adjutant General Corps
Current/Last Primary MOS
Current/Last MOS Group
Adjutant General (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1990-1991, 00R, Army Garrison Fort Ord, CA
Previously Held MOS
36K10-Tactical Wire Operations Specialist
05C10-Radio Teletype Operator
31B-Field Communications Electronics Equipment Mechanic
31G-Tactical Communications Chief
31V10-Tactical Communications Operator/Mechanic
Service Years
1964 - 1991
Foreign Language(s)
Voice Edition

Master Sergeant

Eight Service Stripes

Four Overseas Service Bars

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US Army Retired (Post-2007) Career Counselor I Field Force, Vietnam US Army Retired

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 Additional Information

What are you doing now:

Now? I am officially retired and loving life as much as I can.

Please visit my website and view hundreds of photos, and many are from Vietnam.


Other Comments:

After retiring from the Army in 1991, I worked part-time at a Radio Shack in the Hampton Mall in Hampton Roads, VA. Moved from VA in 1993 to Gatlinburg, TN and lived and worked about six months for a Chalet Company. Moved from Gatlinburg in June 1993 to Cookeville, TN, and graduated from an Architectural Drafting School in Livingston TN, then moved to Dale Hollow Lake in Pickett County TN where for about ten years I ran my own Professional Photography business and also worked part-time at a local Funeral Home.  In 2004, I moved back to Scott County Tennessee where I was born and raised, in Norma to be exact, and for a few years I worked for FOUR OAKS FUNEERAL HOME before finally retiring for good.

Now, I'm loving retirement, and just trying to stay out of trouble!

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   1972-1974, 31B, 194th Armored Brigade

Specialist 5
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February / 1972
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February / 1974
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Specialist 5
31B-Field Communications Electronics Equipment Mechanic
Fort Knox
 194th Armored Brigade Details

194th Armored Brigade
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Last Updated: Jul 19, 2018
Memories For This Unit

Best Friends
My best friend here was SP4 David Hocking, he was in my Communications Section and he was from Iowa I believe. He introduced me to the Single Side Band Radio, and I purchased this type of radio over the years since.

Worst Moment
Worst time I remember about my two years at Fort Know was, when we spent many a day and night out in the woods. My Unit's mission was to support the Armor School. The Officer Students were being trained as Tank Commanders and our Unit provided the Tanks and Maintenance.  My job was to keep all the Radio Equipment in the Tanks and other vehicles in working order for them so when they went to the field for I believe 12-15 days each month, we did too.


Chain of Command
My NCOIC was a SSG, or SFC, Ortiz, a fine NCO and Professional section leader, always spit-shin in dress, and 100% dedicated to the U. S. Army.

Other Memories
February 1972, I returned from my 2nd tour of duty in Vietnam (Jan 1971-Jan 1972) and had Orders for Company C, 5th Battalion, 33rd Armored, Fort Knox, KY, assigned as a "Field Radio Repairman".  

June 30, 1973, I was reassigned to HHC, 194th Armored Brigade as a "Senior Radio Mechanic" and remained there until February 1974 when I received Orders for my 2nd assignment in Germany.

I don't remember much about my 2 years at Fort Knox except while there I did attend, and graduate from, the Basic Leadership Course, and the Noncommissioned Officers Academy and Drill Sergeant School.

My job as a "Senior Radio Mechanic" included not only repairing Radio equipment, but I was also in charge of a Section of other Communications personnel.

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34 Members Also There at Same Time
194th Armored Brigade

Dillman, Kenneth, SGT, (1970-1973) SC 36C10 Sergeant
Robinson, Bill, SP 4, (1974-1977) SC 36K20 Private
Borden, Steve, CW4, (1969-1989) AV 100E Chief Warrant Officer 2
Smith, Kenneth, CW4, (1970-1991) AV 100E Chief Warrant Officer 2
Gorsline, Larry, SFC, (1966-1988) AG 75Z40 Staff Sergeant
Putman, Harry, SSG, (1972-1982) AR 11E10 Staff Sergeant
Stout, David, SFC AR 19E Staff Sergeant
Brown, John, SGT, (1974-1977) OD 41C Sergeant
Hightower, Charles, SFC, (1971-1993) OD 45N Sergeant
Hood, Robert, SGM, (1969-1994) OD 63C Sergeant
Wilson, Terry, SGM, (1970-1991) AR 11D10 Sergeant
Vaccaro, Linda, SSG, (1968-1986) AG 71C Specialist 5
Adkins, Kenny, SGT, (1973-1993) FA 13B10 Specialist 4
Brendel, Ray, SP 5, (1973-1976) FI 73C Specialist 4
Bryant`, Franklin`, SP 4, (1971-1973) AR 11E10 Specialist 4
Buch, Bob, SP 4, (1971-1974) AG 74C Specialist 4
Crawford, Wallace, SP 4, (1972-1974) AG 714.1 Specialist 4
Karcz, Stanislaw, SP 4, (1970-1972) AR 11E20 Specialist 4
Lady, David, CSM, (1974-2007) AR 11E10 Specialist 4
Ordiway, Carl, SP 4, (1973-1976) FA 13B10 Specialist 4
Rathge, Michael, CW4, (1971-1996) AV 67V Specialist 4
Reimann, Roger, MSG, (1971-2009) AR 11E10 Specialist 4
Sodan, Jerry, SFC, (1971-1993) AR 11E10 Specialist 4
Vaccaro, Linda, SSG, (1968-1986) AG 71C Specialist 4
Scott, James, PFC, (1972-1976) AR 11E10 Private First Class
Gilmore, Michael, SP 4, (1972-1977) FA 13A10 Private (E-2)
Knight, Bill, SFC, (1969-1993) AR 19D20 Private (E-2)
Brotton, Howard, PV2, (1969-1975) AR 11D10 Private
Adams, Arnold, MAJ, (1969-1982) AR Second Lieutenant
Dalzell, William, SFC, (1972-1997) AR Corporal
Tucker, Douglas, PV1, (1972-1973) AR Private
Wright, David, SP 4, (1974-1977) Private
522nd Engineer Company

Hinojosa, Michael, SP 4, (1970-1972) EN 12B10 Specialist 4
Peterson, William, SP 4, (1974-1978) EN 12B20 Specialist 4

De Long, Karl, PV2, (1970-1977) AR 11E10 Sergeant

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