He was baptized in St.
Initially posted to 77th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion in Manhattan Beach, CaliforniaHackworth was eventually assigned to Germanyinitially in staff roles, but returning to infantry in the early s as a company commander under Colonel Glover S.
He was involved in a number of fire drills around the Berlin Crisis of He recounted his experiences with the Soviet guard and his views on military history in his book About Face.
Vietnam service[ edit ] When President John F. Kennedy announced that a large advisory team was being sent to South VietnamHackworth immediately volunteered for service.
His request was denied, on the grounds that he had too much frontline experience, and that others who had seen less fighting or none should have an opportunity to acquire experience in combat.
He served as an operations officer and battalion commander in the st Airborne Division. In Novemberhe founded the platoon-sized unit Tiger Force to "outguerrilla the guerrillas".
However, after Hackworth was promoted out of Vietnam, the unit began a string of atrocities and war crimeswith U. Army investigative records and interviews by The Toledo Blade estimating the unit eventually killed hundreds of noncombatants.
Following a stateside tour at the Pentagon and promotion to lieutenant colonelHackworth co-wrote The Vietnam Primer with Marshall after returning to Vietnam in the winter of —67 on an Army-sponsored tour with the famous historian and commentator.
The book advised counter-insurgency fighters to adopt some of the guerrilla tactics used by Mao ZedongChe Guevaraand Ho Chi Minh. Hackworth described the strategy as "out-G-ing the G.
One aspect of the latter required him to publicly defend the U. Even with his reservations concerning the conflict, he refused to resign, feeling it was his duty as a field grade officer to wage the campaign as best he could.
Hackworth next served as a senior military adviser to the South Vietnamese.
His view that the U. Army was not learning from its mistakes, and that South Vietnamese ARVN officers were essentially corrupt, created friction with Army leadership.
He had declined a previous opportunity to go to the War College, and turned down this one, as well, indicating his lack of interest in becoming a general and demonstrating his discontent with the war and the Army's leaders.
On June 27,he appeared on the program Issues and Answers and strongly criticized U. The interview enraged senior U. Army officers at the Pentagon. Senior Army leaders investigated Hackworth, who avoided them for several weeks.
He was nearly court-martialed for various allegations during his Vietnam service, such as running a brothel, running gambling houses, and exploiting his position for personal profit by manipulating the scrip in which soldiers were paid and the limited U.
Ultimately, Secretary of the Army Robert Froehlke opted not to press charges, deciding that Hackworth's career accomplishments outweighed his supposed misdeeds, and that prosecuting an outspoken war hero would result in unneeded bad publicity for the Army.
In an effort to rebuild his life,[ citation needed ] Hackworth moved to Australia. Business activity[ edit ] Settling on the Australian Gold Coast near BrisbaneHackworth soon made a fortune through profitable real estate investinga lucrative duck farm, and a popular restaurant called Scaramouche.
He was also active in the Australian antinuclear movement. Writing career[ edit ] Hackworth returned to the U. He also made regular television appearances to discuss various military-related topics, and the shortcomings of the military.
His commentary on the psychological effects of post-traumatic stress disorderbased on his own experiences in overcoming it, resonated with disabled veterans. Hackworth, through his Newsweek articles, questioned Boorda's longtime wearing of two bronze "valor pins"  in the Navy, the "V" device was worn on certain decorations to denote valor in combat or direct combat participation with the enemy on his Navy Commendation Medal and Navy Achievement Medal service ribbons, generating much controversy.The Meritorious Service Medal is a 1 ½ inch in diameter bronze medal that is made up of six rays expanding out from the top three points of what would be a five pointed star.
Two smaller stars outlined with carved edges are within the star. Citation to accompany the award of the Meritorious Service Medal Staff Sergeant Jacquelyne D.
Bryant distinguished herself by meritorious service as Noncommissioned Officer-in-Charge, Customer Support, 8th Force Support Squadron, 8th Mission Support Group, 8th Fighter Wing, Kunsan Air Base, Republic of .
VETERANS OF WORLD WAR II From Crittenden County, Kentucky A local group is trying to compile a complete list of all Crittenden County veterans who served during World War II.
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