Sydnor, Elliot P., Jr., COL

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Last Rank
Colonel
Last Service Branch
Special Forces
Last Primary MOS
18A-Special Forces Officer
Last MOS Group
Special Forces (Officer)
Primary Unit
1977-1980, Ranger Training Brigade
Service Years
1952 - 1981

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Home State
Kentucky
Kentucky
Year of Birth
1927
 
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Contact Info
Home Town
Auburn, Kentucky
Last Address
Fernandina Beach, Florida

Date of Passing
Aug 15, 2014
 
Location of Interment
Jacksonville National Cemetery - Jacksonville, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Unknown

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US Army Retired (Pre-2007)


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US Navy Honorable Discharge




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Last Known Activity
Bud Sydnor was born on June 30, 1927, in Auburn, Kentucky (pop 850). He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on September 6, 1945, and after completing Submarine School, he served aboard the attack submarine USS Raton (SS-270) with the Atlantic Submarine Fleet out of New London, Connecticut, until his discharge from active duty on January 15, 1948. He remained in the Naval Reserve until September 19, 1950. Sydnor received his commission as a 2d Lt of Infantry in the U.S. Army through the Army ROTC program at Western Kentucky State Teachers College on May 29, 1952, and went on active duty beginning August 25, 1952. After completing Infantry Officer training and Airborne School, Lt Sydnor served with the 11th Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, from February to December 1953. During this time, he completed Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia. His next assignment was with the 160th and then the 23rd Infantry Regiment in Korea from January to September 1954, where he served as a Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Company Commander. Lt Sydnor served with the 27th Infantry Regiment in Hawaii from September 1954 to December 1956, followed by service as an airborne instructor with the International Student Division at Fort Benning from January 1957 to August 1958. After completing Special Forces training, Capt Sydnor served as a Team Commander with the 77th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from June 1959 to March 1960, and he then completed an exchange officer assignment with the British Special Air Service (SAS) in England from April 1960 to June 1961. He served with the 7th Special Force Group at Fort Bragg from June 1961 to January 1964, and during this time he deployed to Laos as part of the White Star project from October 1961 to June 1962. His next assignment was as a staff officer with the Infantry Branch at the Pentagon from January 1964 to January 1967. Col Sydnor attended Armed Forces Staff College at Norfolk, Virginia, from January to August 1967, and then deployed to Southeast Asia, where he served as a battalion commander and executive officer with the 327th Airborne Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division in the Republic of Vietnam from August 1967 to August 1968. After completing his Master's Degree at George Washington University and attending Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, Col Sydnor served with the U.S. Army Infantry School at Fort Benning from June 1970 to June 1973. During this time he trained and commanded the ground forces for the Son Tay Raid, a clandestine mission to rescue American Prisoners of War held in North Vietnam, on November 21, 1970. He served as Commander of the 1st Special Forces Group on Okinawa from July 1973 to September 1974, followed by service as Chief of the Infantry Branch with the Army Military Personnel Center in Alexandria, Virginia, from November 1974 to June 1976. Col Sydner next served as Chief of the Company Grade Combat Arms Division with the Army Military Personnel Center from June 1976 to June 1977, and then served as Director of the Ranger Department with the Infantry School at Fort Benning from June 1977 to May 1980. His final assignment was as Director of Plans and Training with the U.S. Army Infantry Center at Fort Benning from May 1980 until his retirement from the Army on September 1, 1981. He earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, Special Forces Tab, and the Enlisted Submarine Warfare Insignia. In addition to his U.S. badges, Col Sydnor was awarded the British Air Service Jump Wings, the Thai Army Jump Wings, and the Republic of China Jump Wings. He was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame on June 18, 1992. Bud Sydnor died on August 15, 2014.

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Silver Star - 1968



Name of Award
Silver Star

Year Awarded
1968

Last Updated:
Aug 23, 2014
 
 
 
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The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) Elliot P. Sydnor, Jr. (ASN: 0-72656), United States Army, for gallantry in action in the Republic of Vietnam on 19 April 1968, while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion (Airborne), 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Air Cavalry Division. Lieutenant Colonel Sydnor distinguished himself while conducting a heliborne combat assault on a landing zone in their assigned area of operation southwest of Hue, Republic of Vietnam. As the lead elements of the battalion began landing, they came under an intense mortar attack from North Vietnamese Army mortar positions. The battalion commander, Lieutenant Colonel Sydnor, who was airborne controlling the combat assault, immediately ordered his command and control ship to land in the midst of the murderous mortar barrage, to allow him to take control of the troops on the ground. With complete disregard for his personal safety and the mortar rounds that were pounding the landing zone, Lieutenant Colonel Sydnor continually moved back and forth across the landing zone to direct the orderly movement of his element as they continued to land. Once all of the elements had moved off the landing zone, Lieutenant Colonel Sydnor supervised the moving of the wounded to a more covered position where he could assist the aidmen in applying life saving first aid, and offer words of encouragement to his men. The sight of their battalion commander with them on the ground was an inspiration to and a steadying influence on the men, and was largely responsible for the successful completion of the combat assault in a situation which could have easily been marred by confusion and indecision. Lieutenant Colonel Sydnor's personal courage and devotion to duty was in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
   
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