Colvin, Terry, SFC

Signal Corps (Enlisted)
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Current Service Status
USA Veteran
Current/Last Rank
Sergeant First Class
Current/Last Service Branch
Signal Corps
Current/Last Primary MOS
31Z-Senior Signal Sergeant
Current/Last MOS Group
Signal Corps (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1986-1990, 31Z, US Army Operational Test and Evaluation Agency Field Office (USOTEA FO)
Previously Held MOS
05C10-Radio Teletype Operator
72B-Communications Center Specialist
72G-Automatic Data Telecommunications Center Operator
74G-Telecommunications Computer Operator/Repairer
31Z-Telecommunications Operations Chief
Service Years
1970 - 1990
Foreign Language(s)
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Presidential Certificate of Appreciation

Sergeant First Class

Seven Service Stripes

Four Overseas Service Bars

 Official Badges 

US Army Retired (Pre-2007) Joint Communications Support Element US Southern Command

 Unofficial Badges 

Signal Shoulder Cord Cold War Medal Cold War Veteran Can Tho Orphanage

 Military Association Memberships
Thailand-Laos-Cambodia BrotherhoodUTAPAO Alumni AssociationArmed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)
  1999, Thailand-Laos-Cambodia Brotherhood - Assoc. Page
  2002, UTAPAO Alumni Association [Verified]
  2009, Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA)

 Additional Information
What are you doing now:
Retired to a coastal area just south of Hua Hin, Thailand.
Other Comments:
Not Specified
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Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)/Operation Lam Son 719
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Operation Lam Son 719 (Vietnamese: Chiến dịch Lam Sơn 719 or Chiến dịch đường 9 – Nam Lào) was a limited-objective offensive campaign conducted in southeastern portion of the Kingdom of Laos by the armed forces of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) between 8 February and 25 March 1971, during the Vietnam War. The United States provided logistical, aerial, and artillery support to the operation, but its ground forces were prohibited by law from entering Laotian territory. The objective of the campaign was the disruption of a possible future offensive by the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN), whose logistical system within Laos was known as the Ho Chi Minh Trail (the Truong Son Road to North Vietnam).

By launching such a spoiling attack against PAVN's long-established logistical system, the American and South Vietnamese high commands hoped to resolve several pressing issues. A quick victory in Laos would bolster the morale and confidence of the Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), which was already high in the wake of the successful Cambodian Campaign of 1970. It would also serve as proof positive that South Vietnamese forces could defend their nation in the face of the continuing withdrawal of U.S. ground combat forces from the theater. The operation would be, therefore, a test of that policy and ARVN's capability to operate effectively by itself.

Because of the South Vietnamese need for security which precluded thorough planning, an inability by the political and military leaders of the U.S. and South Vietnam to face military realities, and poor execution, Operation Lam Son 719 collapsed when faced by the determined resistance of a skillful foe. The campaign was a disaster for the ARVN, decimating some of its best units and destroying the confidence that had been built up over the previous three years.
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Dec 1, 2014
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Units Participated in Operation

173rd Aviation Company (AHC)

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  183 Also There at This Battle:
  • Allen, Michael, SGT, (1970-1971)
  • Anway, Chuck, MSG, (1964-1984)
  • Bailey, Dennis, MSG, (1968-1989)
  • Basler, Mike, SP 5, (1968-1971)
  • Berry, Donnell, SP 4, (1969-1971)
  • Brandow, Larry, CW3, (1968-1996)
  • Breeding, Gene, COL, (1954-1975)
  • Buongiorno, Peter Michael, SGT, (1970-1972)
  • Canter, Dennis, SSG, (1969-1974)
  • Cassalia, David, CW3, (1969-2012)
  • Casteel, Vernon Wayne, CSM, (1970-2001)
  • Chavez, Manuel, SGT, (1966-1972)
  • Chavez, William, SP 4, (1970-1971)
  • Chavis, William, SGT, (1970-1971)
  • Church, Nic, 1SG, (1969-1989)
  • Cimral, Ted, COL, (1964-1992)
  • Clair, Jerome, SP 5, (1969-1971)
  • Collier, Kenneth, 1LT, (1968-1971)
  • Crimm, Steve, CW2, (1969-1974)
  • Curry, Walter, SGT, (1969-1972)
  • Dalton, Bob, SFC, (1951-1971)
  • Daniel, Herb, SP 5, (1969-1971)
  • Dunphy, Paul, SP 4, (1969-1973)
  • Fagan, James, LTC, (1968-1992)
  • Ferguson, Jimmie D., CW3, (1970-1976)
  • Flores, David, SP 4, (1970-1973)
  • French, Marque, SSG, (1969-1977)
  • Fuller, Ralph, CPT, (1955-1975)
  • Gesiorski, Richard, SFC, (1969-2000)
  • Graves, David, SP 4, (1970-1971)
  • Grey, Andrew, PFC, (1969-1971)
  • Hankins, Tracy, SGT, (1970-1972)
  • Hartley, James, SP 4, (1970-1971)
  • Hawthorn, James, MSG, (1966-1988)
  • Henningson, John, 1LT, (1968-1971)
  • Hinojosa, Michael, SP 4, (1970-1972)
  • Huff, Daniel, 1LT, (1969-1971)
  • Jackson, Scott, 1LT, (1968-1971)
  • Johnson, Gary, MSG, (1969-2001)
  • JONES, ROBERT, SGT, (1970-1972)
  • Jordan, Dennis, PV1, (1970-1971)
  • Kaas, Gary, CSM, (1970-2006)
  • Keller, Larry, 1SG, (1970-1994)
  • King, Allen, CPT, (1968-1972)
  • Kinney, Michael, SP 4, (1970-1972)
  • Land, Robert, SGT, (1969-1971)
  • Leonard, Peter, LTC, (1962-1993)
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