Patrick, Donald H, Jr., MSG

Adjutant General (Enlisted)
 
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Current Service Status
USA Retired
Current/Last Rank
Master Sergeant
Current/Last Service Branch
Adjutant General Corps
Current/Last Primary MOS
75Z40-Senior Personnel Sergeant
Current/Last MOS Group
Adjutant General (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
2003-2006, US Army NETCOM Command and 9th Army Signal Command
Previously Held MOS
71A-Clerk
71H10-Personnel Specialist
71L10-Administrative Specialist
Service Years
1965 - 1990
Official/Unofficial US Army Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Order of the Spur

Master Sergeant


Eight Service Stripes



Five Overseas Service Bars


 Official Badges 

US Army Retired (Pre-2007) Army Retired-Soldier for Life U.S. Army Vietnam US Army Retired

25th Infantry Division 1st Sustainment Command


 Unofficial Badges 

Army Honorable Discharge (1984-Present) Cold War Medal Order of The Spur Cold War Veteran

Blue Star Vietnamese Fourragere Adjutant General Corps Shoulder Cord Louisiana Veterans Honor Medal

Army Civilian Retired Lapel Pin Vietnam Veteran 50th Commemoration Vietnam 50th Anniversary


 Military Association Memberships
Post 4692, Brazos County PostPost 159Army Together We ServedAssociation of the 6th Infantry Division
1st Cavalry Division Association25th Infantry Division AssociationLife MemberCentral Texas-Fort Hood Chapter
Camp 1457, SUL ROSSAdjutant General's Corps Regimental Association-National Rifle Association (NRA)Camp 2
  1967, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW), Post 4692, Brazos County Post (National President) (Bryan, Texas) [Verified]5 - Chap. Page
  2006, American Legion, Post 159 (Operations Officer) (Bryan, Texas)2 - Chap. Page
  2008, Army Together We Served [Verified]
  2009, Association of the 6th Infantry Division
  2009, 1st Cavalry Division Association [Verified]1
  2009, 25th Infantry Division Association [Verified]1
  2009, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Life Member (Member) [Verified]1 - Chap. Page
  2009, Association of United States Army (AUSA), Central Texas-Fort Hood Chapter (Member) (Killeen , Texas) [Verified]1 - Chap. Page
  2009, Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), Camp 1457, SUL ROSS (Life Member) (Bryan, Texas) [Verified]2 - Chap. Page
  2010, Adjutant General's Corps Regimental Association [Verified]
  2010, -National Rifle Association (NRA) [Verified]
  2012, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Camp 2 (Finance Officer) (Houston, Texas)7 - Chap. Page


 Additional Information
What are you doing now:

Retired.  Details in 'Family News and Other Events'.


   
Other Comments:

"Lam Nut Bau troi, Rung chuyen Trai Dat" (Crack the Sky, Shake the Earth)
~ Signal to communist forces telling them to commence the greatest battle in the history of Vietnam. The Tet '68 offensive was countrywide and well coordinated, with more than 80,000 communist troops striking more than 100 towns and cities. The Saigon region was among those areas hit.

A friend of mine, SP4 Felix Fernandez, had just driven me from Cu Chi to my new assignment at Bien Hoa.  Less than a day later I heard my first rockets fly over and slam into the earth.  I had never heard such an awful sound.  There was no comparison to the sound of mortars or RPGs.  These rockets sounded like freight trains.  For me, TET '68 had started.

TET '68 was a significant emotional event in my life.  I lost several good friends during that time.  One standing only a few feet from me.  TET '68 will remain indelibly marked in my memories for some time to come.

I must admit, as time goes by, I find that my memory begins to fail me in many other areas.  I'm saddened by the prospect that our comrades-in-arms would have lived and died for our flag and country and it may come to pass no one might remember their sacrifices or - even know their names.

I believe it is important that we resolve ourselves to assure that all of our elected officials are those that support and remember the sacrifices of our comrades in arms.  If that means helping our elected officals find a new profession, then so be it.  If you believe as I do, let me know.

 
   

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1965, 1st Battalion, 2nd Training Brigade (Fort Polk, LA), D
 Unit Assignments
U.S. Army25th Administration Company1st Logistical CommandArmy Advisor Group
US Army Vietnam (USARV)9th Cavalry Regiment1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment (Air Cavalry) School Assignments - Staff
6th Cavalry Brigade (Air Combat)V CorpsTRADOC Combined Arms Test Activity (TCATA)522nd Military Intelligence Battalion
2nd Armored DivisionSpecial Troops Battalion, VII CorpsArmy Garrison Fort Irwin, CA172nd Infantry Brigade
6th Infantry DivisionUnited States Army Information Systems Command (USAISC)Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Resident CourseRetired Reserve
US Coast GuardIII Corps (3rd Corps)US Army NETCOM Command and 9th Army Signal Command
  1965-1965, Primary Leadership Development Course (PLDC)
  1965-1965, Primary NCO Course (PNCO)
  1966-1966, 71A, Primary NCO Course (PNCO)
  1966-1968, 71H10, 25th Administration Company
  1968-1968, 71H10, 1st Logistical Command/537th Personnel Service Company
  1968-1969, 71H10, US Army Medical Training Center (Student) Fort Sam Houston, TX
  1969-1970, 71H10, Army Advisor Group
  1970-1970, 71H10, Army Support Command, Saigon/HHC
  1971-1972, 71H10, 4th Squadron, 9th Cavalry
  1972-1974, 71H10, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment (Air Cavalry)
  1973-1973, 71H10, NCO Academy (Cadre) Fort Hood, TX
  1974-1975, 71H10, 6th Cavalry Brigade (Air Combat)
  1975-1978, 71H10, V Corps
  1977-1977, 71L10, Inspector General Course
  1978-1979, 71L10, TRADOC Combined Arms Test Activity (TCATA)
  1979-1980, 75Z40, 522nd Military Intelligence Battalion
  1979-1980, 2nd Armored Division
  1980-1983, 71L10, Special Troops Battalion, VII Corps/HHC
  1983-1985, 75Z40, Army Garrison Fort Irwin, CA
  1985-1986, 71L10, 172nd Infantry Brigade /HHC
  1986-1988, 71L10, 6th Infantry Division
  1988-1989, United States Army Information Systems Command (USAISC)
  1990-1990, 71L10, Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Resident Course
  1990-2000, 75Z40, Retired Reserve
  1991-1994, US Coast Guard
  1995-2003, III Corps (3rd Corps)
  2003-2006, US Army NETCOM Command and 9th Army Signal Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)2
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)2
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase V Campaign (1968)
  1970-1971 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase VII Campaign (1970-71)
  1971-1971 Vietnam War/Consolidation I Campaign (1971)
  1978-1978 Training Exercise - Reforger '78
 Colleges Attended 
Central Texas CollegePark UniversityWebster UniversityStrayer University
Webster UniversityColumbia UniversityCentral Texas CollegeUniversity of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Tarleton State UniversityTexas A&M University
  1973-1974, Central Texas College1
  1990-1991, Park University1
  1991-1992, Webster University1
  1992-1992, Strayer University
  1993-1993, Webster University
  1993-1994, Columbia University
  1995-1998, Central Texas College
  1998-2000, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  1999-2000, University of Central Texas
  2000-2006, Tarleton State University
  2006-2008, Texas A&M University1
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