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 - Assoc. Page
  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 Scandinavian 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. 

 Remembrance Profiles -  55 Soldiers Remembered
  • Cosby, Joe, SFC, (1950-1972)

   1977-1978, 19D20, HHT, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

Sergeant First Class
From Month/Year
- / 1977
To Month/Year
October / 1978
HHT Unit Page
Sergeant First Class
19D20-Cavalry Scout
Base, Fort or City
Bad Kissingen
 HHT, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Details

HHT, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
Parent Unit
2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment
Army Troop
Created/Owned By
Not Specified

Last Updated: Jul 9, 2014
Memories For This Unit

Other Memories
I was initially assigned to the Squadron S2 (Intelligence) and later as the Squadron Border NCO. The Border NCO job was probably one of the best NCO jobs in the Squadron.

My Photos For This Unit
S2, 2d Squadron, 11th ACR - Bad Kissingen
Brand New Butterbar
Daley Barracks
2/11 ACR Officers in the 70's
69 Members Also There at Same Time

Barentine, Harley, SFC, (1974-1996) AR 19K10 Sergeant First Class
Huggins, Brian, SFC, (1974-1997) AR 19Z50 Sergeant First Class
Powell, James, SFC, (1969-1995) AR 19Z50 Sergeant First Class
Ballentine Sr, D., SSG, (1974-1997) AR 11D10 Sergeant
Drude, Steven, SGT, (1974-1978) AR 11E10 Sergeant
Ulloa, Ronald, SP 4, (1974-1978) AR 11D10 Specialist 4
Valley, John, MSG, (1974-2008) AR 11D10 Specialist 4
Vanwey, Leo, SP 4, (1972-1978) AR 11E10 Specialist 4
Crook, Mike, PV2, (1974-1977) AR 11D10 Private (E-2)
Appler, Donald, COL, (1961-1984) AR 12C Major
Flemming, Daniel, CPT, (1972-1978) AR 12A Captain
Palmer, Harold B, CPT, (1967-1970) AR 1204 Captain
Godwin, A. Keith, CSM, (1971-1994) CV 19D10 Command Sergeant Major
Boehm, Kris, SFC, (1976-1987) SC 31V10 Sergeant First Class
DeWitt, Michael, SFC, (1967-1988) OD 63C10 Sergeant First Class
Holmes, Allan, SFC, (1968-1988) MD 91C20 Sergeant First Class
Boehm, Kris, SFC, (1976-1987) SC 67B Sergeant
Peru, Harold, SGT, (1975-1981) TC 64C10 Sergeant
Bickel, Jeff, SP 5, (1975-1978) FA 82C40 Specialist 5
Goodfellow, Paul, SP 4, (1974-1977) IN 11B10 Specialist 4
Hays, Carter, SP 4, (1975-1977) MD 91B10 Specialist 4
McCullough, Paul, SP 4, (1975-1979) AD 16P Specialist 4
Phillips, John, SP 4, (1974-1977) FA 13B10 Specialist 4
Robbins, Lee, SSG, (1975-1999) TC 64C10 Specialist 4
Sable, Marty, CW3, (1976-2016) QM 76D Specialist 4
Sexton, Curtis, SP 4, (1976-1979) MD 91B10 Specialist 4
Cherry, Patrick, SGT, (1976-1981) AR Sergeant
Lundy, Thomas, PV1, (1976-1979) AR Private
Traylor, Perry, SFC, (1975-2004) AD Sergeant First Class
McCloud, Carl, CSM, (1971-2001) Staff Sergeant
2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

Aarstad, Andrew, LTC, (1975-2014) AR 19D20 Sergeant
Britt, Lyndal, SFC, (1975-1992) AR 19D30 Staff Sergeant
Britt, Lyndal, SFC, (1975-1992) AR 19E Staff Sergeant
Cifelli, Nicholas, CPT, (1971-1977) MD 3141 Captain
Johnson, Howard N, CPT, (1973-1980) AR 1204 Captain
Galloway, Carl, SGT, (1973-1977) QM 76Z50 Sergeant
Lyons, Kevin, SGT, (1975-1986) OD 63C10 Sergeant
Spaulding, Donald, SGT, (1975-1978) AD 16P Sergeant
Washington, Ellis, SGT, (1975-1983) FA 13B40 Sergeant
Johnson, Daniel, SP 5, (1975-1981) FI 73C20 Specialist 5
Schank, James, SP 4, (1976-1982) SC 31E10 Specialist 4
E Troop

Fugate, Ronnie, SFC, (1974-1999) AR 19D40 Sergeant First Class
[Name Withheld], (1976-1986) AR 11E20 Sergeant
Ferrara, Stephan, SGM, (1975-1997) AR 11D10 Specialist 5
Chamales, Constantine G., LTC, (1975-1997) AR 12C Second Lieutenant
Chambers, Larry, SGT, (1969-1977) AR Sergeant
Gibbons, Joseph, SP 4, (1975-1979) IN Specialist 4
F Troop

Wesley, Cylvester, SSG, (1978-1998) AR 19D20 Staff Sergeant
Issa, Elias, SSG, (1976-2005) AR 19K30 Sergeant
Britt, Lyndal, SFC, (1975-1992) AR 11D20 Sergeant
Hudnall, Robert, SGT, (1976-1979) AR 11D10 Sergeant
Townsend, Lukas, SGT, (1978-1983) AR 11D10 Sergeant
Back, Kirby, SGT, (1975-1979) IN 11C20 Sergeant
Massey, Thomas, SP 4, (1977-1980) CV 19D10 Specialist 4
Van Horn, Thomas, SP 4, (1978-1981) OD 63H10 Specialist 4
Clemons, Reginald, PV2, (1975-1978) MI 05C10 Private (E-2)
Sanchez, Santos, SP 5, (1977-1983) AR Specialist 5
G Troop

Rogney, Gary, SFC, (1961-1981) AR 11D10 Sergeant First Class
Janides, Paul, SSG, (1970-1995) AR 19D40 Staff Sergeant

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