Carlson, Sam, CPT

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Military Police Corps
Last Primary MOS
31A-Military Police Officer
Last MOS Group
Military Police
Primary Unit
2009-2010, 35E, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division
Service Years
1967 - 2010
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This Military Service Page was created/owned by CW4 Ward T Blanchard, Jr. to remember Carlson, Sam (OCITA), CPT USA(Ret).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
4415 Morlowe Court NW
Date of Passing
Nov 02, 2023

 Official Badges 

101st Airborne Division 10th Mountain Division 82nd Airbone Division US 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) Army Honorable Discharge (1984-Present)

 Unofficial Badges 

Combat Advisor Military Police Mountain MP Shoulder Cord

US Army S.E.R.E. insignia 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 Cavalry)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 Cavalry)
  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
Last Known Activity:

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. 


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   1982-1983, 97B40, United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM)

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Last Updated: May 5, 2021
Memories For This Unit

Best Moment

Worst Moment
Having to leave


Chain of Command
MAJ (Later LTC) Dan Tindall CPT (Later LTC) Ken Pruitt

Other Memories
I was the TF securiy/intelligence officer. This hard-charging Task Force had a real mission supporting combat operations in El Salvador and intelligence operations in Honduras.. I have many great memories of the unit, its people and what we accomplished.

My Photos For This Unit
Finally found that pesky Sandinista Camp
Downtown Shopping areas
Airfield - San Salvador, El Salvador
Downtown Shopping areas
31 Members Also There at Same Time
United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM)

Irizarry-Guiot, Juan, MSG, (1966-1987) MI 96B10 Master Sergeant
Van Horn, Charles, SFC, (1975-1997) MI 35F Sergeant First Class
Bandel, David, CW3, (1976-1996) MI 96B10 Staff Sergeant
Mclaughlin, David, COL, (1962-1992) FAO 48A Colonel
Ortiz-Ortiz, Gustavo, LTC, (1973-2000) MS 67H Lieutenant Colonel
Rodriguez, Luis, LTC, (1963-1991) CA 2180 Lieutenant Colonel
Trevino, Leonel, CW2, (1980-1986) AV 153B Chief Warrant Officer 2
Rivera, Victor, SGM, (1973-2010) AG 00D Sergeant Major
Kizziar, James, SFC, (1975-1990) SC 74F Sergeant First Class
Marrero, Juan G, SFC, (1978-2001) AG 71L10 Sergeant First Class
Cicale, Larry, SSG, (1977-1991) IN 11B10 Sergeant
Kern, David, SFC, (1976-1996) QM 94Z50 Sergeant
Kizziar, James, SFC, (1975-1990) SC 74F Specialist 6
Birt, Angela, CW4, (1983-2007) MP 95B10 Specialist 4
Diaz, Danny, SSG, (1978-1983) MP 95B40 Specialist 4
Nunez, Gilbert, SGT, (1979-1997) MP 95B40 Specialist 4
Patterson, Don, SP 4, (1982-1985) IN 11B10 Specialist 4
Shabazz, Neva, SP 4, (1982-1985) AG 71L10 Specialist 4
Tucker, Tommy, SP 4, (1981-1984) MP 95B10 Specialist 4
Clover, Bob, LTC, (1965-1985) 49A Lieutenant Colonel
Vaughn, Thomas, COL, (1958-1988) Colonel
Camerino, Nelson, SP 4, (1980-1983) MP Specialist 4
Army Signal Activity Southern Command

Hawkins, Robin, SP 4, (1979-1982) MP 00C Specialist 4
Special Operations Command South (SOCSOUTH)

DiGiacomo, Robert, MAJ, (1977-1999) IN 11C Major
United States Military Advisory Group El Salvador

Pineda, Hector, SGM, (1960-1996) IN 11B10 Sergeant First Class
Almaraz, Arturo, SFC, (1967-1987) TC Sergeant First Class
Guzman, John, CW3, (1962-1993) Chief Warrant Officer 2
United States Military Group (USMILGP), Panama

Barnes, John Leighton, COL, (1955-1987) IM 48A Colonel
Hauk, Wesley, CW3, (1974-1996) AV 153B Warrant Officer 1
Terry, Cleveland, CSM, (1969-1993) IN 11B40 Sergeant First Class
Shoemaker, Calvin, SSG, (1976-1989) AV Staff Sergeant
US Southern Command USAE

Stafford, Keith, LTC, (1974-1998) AV 15C Captain

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