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Charles L. Crain

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Colonel Charles L. Crain, USA (ret.) “attended Officer's Candidate School at Ft. Benning, Georgia and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry on 19 October, 1942. During WW II Colonel Charles L. Crain participated in 5 campaigns in the European Theater as a Company Commander with the 112th Inf. Regt., 28th Inf. Division. During the occupation he served with the 34th Inf. Regt., 24th Inf. Division in Japan.


In Korea, Colonel Charles L. Crain joined the 3rd Inf. Division in 1951 where he participated in 3 campaigns and commanded 2nd Bn. 7th Inf. Regt. In Vietnam, Colonel Charles L. Crain was assigned as the Senior Advisor of the 9th Vietnamese Inf. Division. Col. Crain joined the 2nd Armored Div. and assumed command of the 2nd Brigade in August 1964.


Colonel Charles L. Crain's decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit w/oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star w/2 oak leaf cluster, Korean War Medal, National Order of Vietnam, 5th Class, and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm. His education includes a BS Degree from University of Maryland, MA Degree from George Washington University. His Military Education included the Infantry School, Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. Colonel Charles L. Crain is the author of Stories From Three Wars: One Soldier’s Memories.


According to the book description of Stories From Three Wars: One Soldier’s Memories, “Crain's stories become captivating as they faithfully navigate the reader through his many historical wartime encounters. For example, in World War II, Crain was there for the Liberation of Paris Parade on August 29, 1944, the bloody battle of the Hurtgen Forest, the Battle of the Bulge, and the Colmar Pocket of Alsace.  In the Korean War, Crain tells us the story about his Battalion Commander service with the "Cotton Balers" of the famed 7th Infantry Regiment and the time of the Battle of the Outposts where the Communists and the UN Forces were struggling to improve their defenses along the 38th Parallel.  Then, as war erupted once again in Southeast Asia, Crain tells us about his duty as a Military Advisor to the 9th Vietnamese Division Commander. These early Vietnam era stories include Vietnamese reaction to the news of President Kennedy's assassination, the death of Ngo Dinh Diem, and many intriguing anecdotes about the Vietnamese General Staff and the Coup d' Etats suffered by Vietnam during Crain's tour of duty. Crain's wartime stories include candid personal insights about his superior officers, fellow commanders and those serving with under his command.”

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