On May 1, 2023, Officer Candidate School 6-65 classmate Dave Schollman presented classmate Ken Quade with the Order of St Maurice and congratulated him at the entrance to the NIM. Four member of OCS 6-65 have received the Order of St Maurice and two have received the Order of St. Barbara.
Major (R) Charles Organ was awarded the Order of Saint Maurice in April. Chuck was recognized for his 20 years of service to the Infantry and his continued service to the Nation by teaching JROTC for 23 years, thus serving the Army for 43 straight years. He was presented the OSM by Colonel (R) Lonnie Dale Vona, Fort Benning’s 49th Chief of Staff, during Alonso High School Military Ball.
Retired LTC Michael David Snyder received the Order of Saint Maurice and his wife, Marianthe Snyder, received the Shield of Sparta. The presentation was made at VFW Post 4190 in Decatur, Alabama. From left to right: Retired LTC Ed Dickens, Retired LTC Michael David Snyder, Marianthe Snyder and Retired Sergeant Barry Simpson.
Congratulations to SSG Brandon Smit and SFC Cameron Haney were inducted into the Order of Saint Maurice in late April. The ceremony was held at the 4th Ranger Training Brigade. Sponsors were SSG Zachary Vince and SFC Jeffery Sailes. It was read by CPT Garet Raber.
The 1st Air Commando Group, led by Lt. Col. Clinton B. Gaty, using Sikorsky R-4 helicopters stage the first use of helicopters in combat with combat search and rescue operations in the China-Burma-India theater. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, amidst the Quebec Conference in August 1943, had been impressed by Brigadier Orde Wingate’s account of what could be accomplished in Burma with proper air support. To comply with Roosevelt’s proposed air support for British long range penetration operations in Burma, the United States Army Air Forces created the 5318th Air Unit to support the Chindits.…
MAJ Ryan Starkey, Commander of A Co. 2/54 IN SFAB and Team Leader for Maneuver Company Advisor Team 6210, awarded SGM Dale Thompson, Operations Sergeant Major for HHC 2/54 IN SFAB (former 1SG for A Co. 2/54 IN SFAB) and Team Sergeant for Maneuver Company Advisor Team 6210 with the #orderofsaintmaurice on 30MAR23.
The ceremony took place at the end of the “Path of the Infantry”, under this iconic statue “El Infante” (The Infantryman), on Canton Norte in Bogotá Colombia, on the last day of their deployment in support of Operation Alamo Shield. The statue states “This is the Infantryman… and he will not be replaced until God erases him from the face of the earth.”.
SGM Dale Thompson was honored to become part of the order!
Three North Alabama veterans were honored for their service to America. LTC (ret) Larry Bayer, LTC (ret) Emil Posey, and LTC (ret) Randy Withrow were presented with the Order of Saint Maurice Medals during a ceremony.
MOH Recipient (Ret)COL Ralph Puckett lead a LPD in the 1st AR Division at Fort Bliss. Every Soldier in that room will not soon forget the opportunity to see him, listen to him, and be inspired by his example!
Seoul changed hands for the fourth time when UN forces once again liberated the South Korean capital. The city had been devastated by fighting, and its population was reduced to a fraction of its prewar size.
The SOS was presented to Valen Welch by the Deputy Commanding General of US Army Europe and Africa command LT General Andrew M. Rholing, and the OSM was presented to COL Luis Escorrega (Portugal) by the US Army NATO BDE Commander, COL Troy Alexander.