Megellas, James, LTC

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
1542-Infantry Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1946, 1542, HHC, 2nd Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment (Airborne)
Service Years
1942 - 1962

Infantry

Lieutenant Colonel



Four Overseas Service Bars


 Official Badges 

Belgian Fourragere Infantry Shoulder Cord Netherlands Orange Lanyard US Army Retired (Pre-2007)

82nd Airbone Division


 Unofficial Badges 

Order of Saint Maurice




 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

 LTC (Retired) James “Maggie” Megellas is a 96 year old World War II hero. Many feel he should have been awarded the Medal of Honor, and "our nation’s highest military combat award for valor", 68 years ago for his ‘above and beyond’ valor and leadership in the Battle of the Bulge.

http://medalformaggie.com/

   
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Vietnam War/Advisory Campaign (1962-65)
Start Year
1962
End Year
1965

Description
This campaign period was from 15 March 1962 to 7 March 1965.   During this period, direct U.S. involvement in the Vietnam conflict increased steadily as U.S. trained Vietnamese pilots moved Vietnamese helicopter units into and out of combat. Ultimately the United States hoped that a strong Vietnamese government would result in improved internal security and national defense. The number of U.S. advisors in the field rose from 746 in January 1962 to over 3,400 by June; the entire U.S. commitment by the end of the year was 11,000, which included 29 U.S. Army Special Forces detachments. These advisory and support elements operated under the Commander, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, a position established 8 February 1962. The object of American military assistance was to counter the threat to the government of the Republic of Vietnam posed by the insurgency of an estimated 30,000 regular communist Viet Cong and civilian sympathizers among the population. Despite what appeared to be considerable successes in consolidating the population in a series of defended strategic hamlets, and in establishing local defense forces, the U.S. equipped Army of the Republic of Vietnam repeatedly demonstrated an unwillingness to close with the enemy. A corrupt government and bitterly contending Vietnamese political factions further hampered a coherent prosecution of the war with American advisors, who nevertheless continued their efforts well into the period of large scale commitments of U.S. Army forces to the conflict.
      
   
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Year
1962
To Year
1962
 
Last Updated:
Jul 5, 2013
   
Personal Memories
   
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
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  157 Also There at This Battle:
  • Bugg, Ronnie, CW3, (1958-1980)
  • Cavender, John, MAJ, (1959-1970)
  • Clark, Kenneth (Bob), SP 5, (1961-1964)
  • Dellinger, Paul, 1SG, (1944-1970)
  • Evans, James, SP 4, (1963-1966)
  • Gaspard, George Wallace, LTC, (1944-1987)
  • Healy, Michael D., MG, (1945-1981)
  • Jones, John, SFC, (1962-1982)
  • King, Harry, MAJ, (1955-1978)
  • Leonard, Peter, LTC, (1962-1993)
  • McLaughlin, Dale, 1SG, (1961-1982)
  • Mehosky, Edward, COL, (1940-1971)
  • Mietz, Elezar, SP 5, (1961-1964)
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