Carlson, Sam, CPT

Military Police Corps (Officer)
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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Current/Last Service Branch
Military Police Corps
Current/Last Primary MOS
31A-Military Police Officer
Current/Last MOS Group
Military Police Corps (Officer)
Primary Unit
2009-2010, 35E, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
Previously Held MOS
97D-Military Intelligence Coordinator
19D20-Cavalry Scout
97B20-Counter Intelligence Agent
97B40-Counter Intelligence Agent
35E-Counterintelligence Officer
Service Years
1967 - 2010
Foreign Language(s)
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Operation Enduring Freedom
Cold War Certificate
Voice Edition

Military Police Corps


Six Service Stripes

Five Overseas Service Bars

 Official Badges 

101st Airbone Division 10th Mountain Division 82nd Airbone Division United States Army South

US Army Retired Army Military Police Department of the Army Military Intelligence Infantry Shoulder Cord

US Army Retired (Pre-2007) US Army Retired (Post-2007)

 Unofficial Badges 

Combat Advisor Military Police Mountain MP Shoulder Cord

US Army S.E.R.E. insignia Army Honorable Discharge (1984-Present) Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran

Border Tab Global War On Terror

 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
National Rifle Association (NRA)United Services Automobile Association (USAA)Society of 1st Infantry Division Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW)
9th Infantry Division AssociationBlackhorse Association (11th Armored Calvary)Association of 3rd Armored Division VeteransIraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
American LegionThe National Association of the 10th Mountain DivisionMilitary Officers Association of America (MOAA)ATWS Unit Historian
TWS Memorial TeamTWS Profile IntegrityNational Association of the 6th Infantry Division
  1966, National Rifle Association (NRA)
  1975, United Services Automobile Association (USAA) - Assoc. Page
  1982, Society of 1st Infantry Division
  1983, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) - Assoc. Page
  2000, 9th Infantry Division Association
  2001, Blackhorse Association (11th Armored Calvary)
  2009, Association of 3rd Armored Division Veterans - Assoc. Page
  2009, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) - Assoc. Page
  2010, American Legion - Assoc. Page
  2010, The National Association of the 10th Mountain Division
  2012, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) - Assoc. Page
  2013, ATWS Unit Historian
  2016, TWS Memorial Team
  2018, TWS Profile Integrity
  2021, National Association of the 6th Infantry Division

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

I retired from the Army (again) in late March 2010 and from Lockheed Martin effective 1 July 2010. 

I'm currently enrolled in school at Kennesaw State University drawing down my Post 9/11 GI Bill in order to take fun and interesting courses.  I was only able to  use 6 months of my Vietnam GI Bill before I received my MS degree and the Vietnam GI Bill expired in 1989.  The VA subtracted those six months from my Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits.  This means I can be a professional student for 3 1/2 years!

I almost feel like Rodney Dangerfield in "Back to School".

Other Comments:
I am the third generation of five generations of US Army.
1.  Grandfather, PFC Charles A. Carlson, a Sandinavian immigrant, served from 1917 to 1919 in the Army's Air Service (23rd Balloon Company) in France during WWI.  His TWS memorial profile is located at

2.  Father, LTC Carsten Carlson served from 1937 to 1963... WWII in the Pacific ('41-'42) and Europe '44 -'45) & Korea (1950) plus the Vietnam era.  His TWS memorial profile page is at

3.  I served in the Regular Army from 1967 to 1987; in the TX Guard from 1992 to 1995; and again in the Regular Army from 2005 to 2010 as a recalled retiree.
4.  My son, 1SG Sam Carlson, was active duty starting in 1984, served as a tank commander with the 2d ACR during the first Gulf War and was the 1SG of the Laghman PRT in Afghanistan at about the same time as I was there with the 3d IBCT, 10th Mtn Div (LI) during my 2009 - 2010 deployment  He retired with over 26 years AFS effective September 2010.

5.  Grandson, SGT David Carlson, was also on active duty and recently returned from a deployment to Iraq where he was an Army UAV Pilot.  His TWS Profile is at

Uncle, Vernon L. Carlson, USMC, served from 1940 to 1946 with combat service at Pearl Harbor, Midway, Guam, Okinawa and as a China Marine.  See his proile on the Marine TWS site at

Brother, Carsten D. Carlson, LTC, USA (Ret), served in combat with C Co, 2d Bn 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam from approximately January 1968 to August 1968 when he was medically evacuated with serious wounds.  He enlisted in the USAR in 1962 and was commissioned in about 1966.  He later went on active duty, retiring as a Regular Army officer with 20 years of active service.    

Uncle Charles R. Carlson, SGM, USA (Ret) /  CPT, AUS (Ret),  served from 1947 to 1968 with combat service in Korea and Vietnam.  See his profile at the Army TWS site at

In addition to my time with the US Army, I served in the Texas Guard from 1992 to 1995.   I served as the XO of the 502d Military Police Battalion and later as Commander, 2d Bn, 4th Bde from 1993 to 1995.  I entered the Guard as a Captain and was soon promoted to Major by the State AG..  I left the Guard in 1995 as a Lt Colonel.

Other members of my famly have served, particularly on my father's mother's side of the family, with Union forces in the Civil War, the War of 1812, the American Revolution, French & Indian Wars.... and others, going back to my 10th Great Grandparents who came over on the Mayflower in 1620.  Their daughter (my 9th Great Grandmother), Rebecca Towne, was hanged as a witch during the time of the Salem witch trials.  She was later found not guilty, but that verdict came a little late.  Another ancestor from that side of the family participated in the Norman Invasion of 1066 and the Battle of Hastings.  That side of the family has aslo been traced back to ancient royals of the House of Wessex as well as other French and English Royalty, including ancient  French, Scandinavian and Germanic Kings. 

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   1975-1977, 97B20, 9th Military Intelligence Company, 9th Infantry Division

Staff Sergeant
From Month/Year
June / 1975
To Month/Year
June / 1977
9th Military Intelligence Company Unit Page
Staff Sergeant
97B20-Counter Intelligence Agent
Fort Lewis
 9th Military Intelligence Company, 9th Infantry Division Details

9th Military Intelligence Company, 9th Infantry Division
Military Intelligence Unit
Parent Unit
9th Infantry Division
Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Nov 26, 2019
Memories For This Unit

Chain of Command
MG Volney Warner was the Division CG. He was an outstanding commander. Co Cdr was MAJ Chris Eyler and the 1SG was Phil McVey. My CI Section NOCIC was MSG (later CSM) Dave Klehn.

Other Memories
Besides being allowed to complete two associate degrees during our down cycles, about all I can really recall is spending a tremendous amount of time in the field at Fort Lewis and Yakima Firing Center (YFC) supporting my team's battalions and brigades on local field exercises, ARTEPs, and larger exercises such as Brave Shield at YFC. I supported the Division's SERE course as an instructor, and in the PW Camp as a part of the camp cadre and as one of the PW interrogators. During the local and YFC exercises I also served as one of the rear area / unconventional warfare aggressors or as a friendly partisan role player.

My Photos For This Unit
Counterintelligence Section, 9th MI Co, 9th Inf Div
9th MI Company out for a stroll
October 1975 - 9th Infantry Division
Reenlisted by My Father in 1977
143 Members Also There at Same Time
9th Military Intelligence Company

Klehn, David, CSM, (1961-1991) MI 97B20 Master Sergeant
Baez, Luis, SP 4, (1977-1980) MI 96B10 Specialist 4
Givens, Dosse, SP 4, (1971-1975) MI 17L20 Specialist 4
McFarland, Jr., William H. (Skip), COL, (1977-2003) MI Second Lieutenant
483rd Military Police Platoon

Molyneux, Rodney, SP 4, (1973-1978) MP 95B10 Specialist 4
9th Infantry Division

Savage, William, SFC, (1975-1995) MI 17K Sergeant
Jenkins, Kit, SP 4, (1974-1977) MI 05F Specialist 4
Cavazos, Richard E., GEN, (1951-1984) USA 00G3 Major General
Barker, Ned, CPT, (1960-1980) FA 1193 Captain
Bradford, Richard, CPT, (1965-1977) IN 1542 Captain
Lum, David, CPT, (1973-1984) FI 6302 Captain
McKillip, Michael, CPT, (1972-1990) QM 92B Captain
Simmonds, Fred, CPT, (1969-1977) TC 694 Captain
Mennito, Vincent, LTC, (1973-1999) MS 3900 First Lieutenant
Moeller, Gary, MAJ, (1976-1993) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Williams, Daniel, CPT, (1971-1975) AV 1981 First Lieutenant
Butler, John, LTC, (1975-1995) IN 11A Second Lieutenant
Garvey, Philip, CW4, (1969-1991) TC 100G Chief Warrant Officer 2
Galster, Herman, 1SG, (1974-2006) EN 12B40 First Sergeant
Tuttle, Gaylen, 1SG, (1954-1975) EN 12B40 First Sergeant
Gaan, Francisco, SFC, (1963-1983) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
Hogan, Robert, SGM, (1963-1987) AG 75Z40 Sergeant First Class
Lopez, Roman, SFC, (1967-1987) IN 11Z50 Sergeant First Class
Lowe, Don, SFC, (1954-1976) IN 11B40 Sergeant First Class
Terry, Frederick, SFC, (1957-1978) AG 00E Sergeant First Class
Violino, Anthony, MSG, (1958-1983) IN 112.60 Sergeant First Class
Baker, John, SSG, (1966-1978) IN 11B20 Staff Sergeant
Berry, James, SSG, (1966-1978) IN 00F Staff Sergeant
Brewer, Mary, SSG, (1971-1986) AV 93C Staff Sergeant
Callaway, James, SSG, (1967-1975) IN 11B10 Staff Sergeant
Dobbs, Ron, SSG, (1967-1987) MP 95B10 Staff Sergeant
Garcia, Ruben, SSG, (1967-1970) AR 11D10 Staff Sergeant
Green, Patrick, SSG, (1971-1979) IN 11B30 Staff Sergeant
Lancaster, Kenneth Ray, SSG, (1966-1978) IN 11B40 Staff Sergeant
Moore, George, SFC, (1965-1985) FA 13B30 Staff Sergeant
Webb, Michael, SSG, (1971-1991) AV 68D Staff Sergeant
Beck, Rodney, CSM, (1976-2011) FA 13E10 Sergeant
Cedars, Larry, SFC, (1974-1994) IN 111.6 Sergeant
Chouteau, James, SSG, (1974-1983) AD 16R Sergeant
Comfort, Ronald, SGT, (1977-1997) TC 88N Sergeant
Crawford, Anthony, SGT, (1974-1977) MP 95B20 Sergeant
Eckard, Jess, SGT, (1975-1979) IN 11B20 Sergeant
Grimes, Eddie, SGT, (1967-Present) IN 11B10 Sergeant
Kerwin, Frank, SGT, (1975-1992) MD 91B20 Sergeant
Koford, Joel, CW3, (1975-1996) AV 67N10 Sergeant
Lopez, Dennis, SGT, (1972-1981) MP 95B10 Sergeant
MacMillan- Murphy, Jim, SGT, (1973-1983) IN 11F10 Sergeant
Makin, Frank, CSM, (1972-1996) AG 71H10 Sergeant
Martinez, Louie, SGT, (1974-1989) IN 11C20 Sergeant
Maynard, Daniel, SGT, (1972-1975) SC 31M30 Sergeant
McGuire, John, SGT, (1975-1979) IN 11B20 Sergeant
Nordeng, Keith, SSG, (1973-2001) IN 11H10 Sergeant
Parris, Jack, SGT, (1974-1982) IN 11C20 Sergeant
Pirtle, Clay, SGT, (1973-1983) MP 00C Sergeant
Ryan, Robert, SSG, (1967-1977) MP 95B10 Sergeant
Sanders, James, SGT, (1973-1977) IN 11B30 Sergeant
Schaffrath, Jeffrey, SGT, (1974-1977) EN 62B30 Sergeant
Smith, Larry C, SGT, (1967-1975) IN 111.6 Sergeant
Smith, Larry C., SGT, (1967-1975) IN 11B40 Sergeant

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