Sydnor, Elliot P., Jr., COL

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Special Forces
Last Primary MOS
18A-Special Forces Officer
Last MOS Group
Special Forces (Officer)
Primary Unit
1977-1980, Ranger Training Brigade
Service Years
1952 - 1981

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by the Site Administrator to remember Sydnor, Elliot P., Jr., COL USA(Ret).
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Home Town
Auburn, Kentucky
Last Address
Fernandina Beach, Florida

Date of Passing
Aug 15, 2014
Location of Interment
Jacksonville National Cemetery - Jacksonville, Florida
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Bud Sydnor was born on June 30, 1927, in Auburn, Kentucky (pop 850). He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on September 6, 1945, and after completing Submarine School, he served aboard the attack submarine USS Raton (SS-270) with the Atlantic Submarine Fleet out of New London, Connecticut, until his discharge from active duty on January 15, 1948. He remained in the Naval Reserve until September 19, 1950. Sydnor received his commission as a 2d Lt of Infantry in the U.S. Army through the Army ROTC program at Western Kentucky State Teachers College on May 29, 1952, and went on active duty beginning August 25, 1952. After completing Infantry Officer training and Airborne School, Lt Sydnor served with the 11th Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, from February to December 1953. During this time, he completed Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia. His next assignment was with the 160th and then the 23rd Infantry Regiment in Korea from January to September 1954, where he served as a Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Company Commander. Lt Sydnor served with the 27th Infantry Regiment in Hawaii from September 1954 to December 1956, followed by service as an airborne instructor with the International Student Division at Fort Benning from January 1957 to August 1958. After completing Special Forces training, Capt Sydnor served as a Team Commander with the 77th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from June 1959 to March 1960, and he then completed an exchange officer assignment with the British Special Air Service (SAS) in England from April 1960 to June 1961. He served with the 7th Special Force Group at Fort Bragg from June 1961 to January 1964, and during this time he deployed to Laos as part of the White Star project from October 1961 to June 1962. His next assignment was as a staff officer with the Infantry Branch at the Pentagon from January 1964 to January 1967. Col Sydnor attended Armed Forces Staff College at Norfolk, Virginia, from January to August 1967, and then deployed to Southeast Asia, where he served as a battalion commander and executive officer with the 327th Airborne Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division in the Republic of Vietnam from August 1967 to August 1968. After completing his Master's Degree at George Washington University and attending Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, Col Sydnor served with the U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning from June 1970 to June 1973. During this time he trained and commanded the ground forces for the Son Tay Raid, a clandestine mission to rescue American Prisoners of War held in North Vietnam, on November 21, 1970. He served as Commander of the 1st Special Forces Group on Okinawa from July 1973 to September 1974, followed by service as Chief of the Infantry Branch with the Army Military Personnel Center in Alexandria, Virginia, from November 1974 to June 1976. Col Sydner next served as Chief of the Company Grade Combat Arms Division with the Army Military Personnel Center from June 1976 to June 1977, and then served as Director of the Ranger Department with the Infantry School at Fort Benning from June 1977 to May 1980. His final assignment was as Director of Plans and Training with the U.S. Army Infantry Center at Fort Benning from May 1980 until his retirement from the Army on September 1, 1981. He earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Special Forces Tab, and the Enlisted Submarine Warfare Insignia. In addition to his U.S. badges, Col Sydnor was awarded the British Air Service Jump Wings, the Thai Army Jump Wings, and the Republic of China Jump Wings. He was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame on June 18, 1992. Bud Sydnor died on August 15, 2014.
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1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Constituted 5 July 1942 in the Army of the United States as the 2d Company, 1st Battalion, First Regiment, 1st Special Service Force, a combined Canadian-American organization Activated 9 July 1942 at Fort William Henry Harrison, Montana Disbanded 6 January 1945 in France Reconstituted 15 April 1960 in the Regular Army; concurrently consolidated with Company B, 1st Ranger Infantry Battalion (activated 19 June 1942), and consolidated unit redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces Consolidated 30 September 1960 with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Forces Group (constituted 14 June 1957 in the Regular Army and activated 24 June 1957 in Japan), and consolidated unit designated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces (organic units concurrently constituted and activated 4 October 1960) Group inactivated 30 June 1974 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina Activated 1 September 1984 at Fort Lewis, Washington (Former Company B, 1st Ranger Infantry Battalion, withdrawn 3 February 1986, consolidated with Company N, 75th Infantry, and consolidated unit redesignated as Company N, 75th Ranger Regiment , hereafter separate lineage) Redesignated 1 October 2005 as the 1st Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces Regiment CAMPAIGN PARTICIPATION CREDIT World War II *Aleutian Islands *Naples-Foggia *Anzio *Rome-Arno *Southern France (with arrowhead) *Rhineland 1st Special Forces Battalion additionally entitled to: War on Terrorism Global War on Terrorism 2d Special Forces Battalion additionally entitled to: War on Terrorism Campaigns to be determined DECORATIONS *Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered PACIFIC AREA 1972-1973 *Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered ASIA 2002 *Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered JULY-AUGUST 1972 Company C, 1st Special Forces Battalion, additionally entitled to: Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN IRAQ 2007 Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered CENTRAL IRAQ 2008-2009 Company C, 2d Special Forces Battalion, additionally entitled to: Valorous Unit Award, Streamer embroidered CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN IRAQ 2007
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1st Special Forces Group (Airborne)

Kiernan, Thomas, COL, (1960-1989) JA 27A Colonel
Magouyrk, Jim, MAJ, (1964-1984) IN 1542 Captain
Skidmore, Paul, CPT, (1968-1973) MI 9666 Captain
Turner, Daniel Douglass, MAJ, (1960-1981) IN 1542 Captain
Briere, Donald, LTC, (1963-1993) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
DeBerry, John P., CPT, (1972-1985) Second Lieutenant
Kittleson, Galen C., CSM, (1942-1978) IN 00Z Command Sergeant Major
Meadows, Bill, SGM, (1973-1995) SF 18D Sergeant Major
Price, Robert K., SGM, (1950-1974) IN 11Z Sergeant Major
Anderson, Eric E., CSM, (1943-1979) Master Sergeant
Clark, Cornelious, 1SG, (1956-1976) EN 12B10 Master Sergeant
Shumate, Walter Lee, SGM, (1952-1982) IN 11Z Master Sergeant
Christie, Robt. Ed., CW3, (1962-1995) AV 67Z Sergeant First Class
Clark, George, SGM, (1960-1983) Sergeant First Class
Hackensmith, Wesley, SFC, (1970-1991) SC 72E Sergeant First Class
Newman, Bobby A., CW4, (1951-1985) IN 11F40 Sergeant First Class
McKitrick, Michael, SSG, (1961-1974) MD 91B10 Staff Sergeant
McKitrick, Michael, SSG, (1961-1974) SF 18D Staff Sergeant
Warden, Doug, SSG, (1966-1973) MI 98C10 Staff Sergeant
Bradley, Stephen, CPT, (1969-1991) MD 91B10 Sergeant
Emond, Henry, SGT, (1964-1973) IN 11B10 Sergeant
[Name Withheld], (1966-1977) SC 05B10 Sergeant
Pinao, Rance, SSG, (1965-1981) AV 67W Specialist 6
Pinao, Rance, SSG, (1965-1981) AV 67V Specialist 6
Allen, Reggie, SP 5, (1968-1974) IN 11B10 Specialist 5
Robinson, Robert W., SFC, (1965-1986) Specialist 5
Stites, John, 1SG, (1970-1996) SC 31J10 Specialist 5
Dugdale, Patrick, SP 4, (1972-1976) EN 070 Specialist 4
Johnson, Larry, SSG, (1970-1984) QM 76Y Specialist 4
Jones, Tom, SP 4, (1971-1973) SC 05B Specialist 4
Leffler, John L., SFC, (1972-2010) SC 72E Specialist 4
1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group

Gaspard, George Wallace, LTC, (1944-1987) IN 1542 Lieutenant Colonel
Erickson, Charles, CSM, (1967-1994) SF 00Z Command Sergeant Major
Johnson, Verlon, MSG, (1952-1974) IN 11Z Master Sergeant
Santiago Villalba, Ramon L, MSG, (1966-1996) Master Sergeant
Stevens, Lowell Wesley, Sr., MSG, (1959-1980) IN 11Z Master Sergeant
Phillips, Adrin, SFC, (1974-1994) SF 18F Sergeant First Class
Wherley, Michael, SGT, (1970-1974) SC 05B Sergeant
2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group

Mabry, George, CPT, (1971-1974) SF 18A Captain
3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group

Hansen, Theodore, SGM, (1955-1982) IN Master Sergeant
McBride, Dean, 1SG, (1960-1982) IN 11F40 Sergeant First Class
DeCosta, John, SSG, (1963-1988) IN 11F10 Staff Sergeant
Gray, Ron, SGT, (1972-1976) IN 11F10 Sergeant
Hayse, F. Richard, MAJ, (1970-1993) MD 91B10 Sergeant
A Company

Green, Donald, MAJ, (1961-1992) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
B Company

Hansen, Theodore, SGM, (1955-1982) IN 11F50 Master Sergeant
Youncofski, Jim, SFC, (1969-1991) SC 31Z Sergeant First Class
Tolentino, Rodney W., MSG, (1968-1989) IN 11B10 Staff Sergeant
C Company

Willis, Bob, MAJ, (1956-1978) IN 1542 Major
Stewart, Barry, SGT, (1971-1974) MD 91B10 Sergeant
Group Support Battalion, 1st SF Gp

Wetz, James, MSG, (1970-1997) SF Master Sergeant
Simily, Kenn, CW4, (1967-1989) IN 11F10 Sergeant First Class

Mullins, John, SP 4, (1972-1975) Specialist 4
Floyd, William, SP 4, (1970-1973) AG 71F10 Specialist 4
Wilks, Sandra, SP 4, (1973-1975) IN 111.07 Specialist 4

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