Alan A. Cozzalio
Ace A. Cozzalio was commissioned as an Armor Officer upon graduation from Armor Officer Candidate School Class 4-67, Company E2 at Fort Knox, Kentucky, 27 January 1967. His first duty assignment has not been determined. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Student - Officer Rotary Wing Aviator Course, Flight Class 67-18 -Fort Wolters, Texas and Fort Rucker, Alabama; Longknife Platoon (UH-1 Huey) -Troop D, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry, 9th Infantry Division - IV Corps Republic of South Vietnam; Patient -106th General Hospital; Aero Scout Section Leader (Cayuse OH-6)-Troop D, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry, 9th Infantry Division -IV Corps Republic of South Vietnam; Commander Aero Weapons Platoon (Cobra AH-IG)-Troop D, 3rd Squadron, 5th Cavalry, 9th Infantry Division -IV Corps Republic of South Vietnam; Student -Armor Officer Advanced Course -Fort Knox, Kentucky; S-1 -1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division -Fort Riley, Kansas; Troop Commander -D Troop, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas; Student - Aviation Safety Course -San Pedro, California; Special Services Officer –Thailand, Rotary Wing Section Leader –Thailand; Rotary Wing Section Leader/Safety Officer –Thailand; Bachelor of Arts Student -Business Administration -Sul Ross State University -Alpine, Texas, Area Commander -New Haven District Recruiting Command -Providence, Rhode Island; Area Commander -Springfield Recruiting Command -Springfield, Massachusetts; S-3 -501st Aviation Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division - Katterbach, Germany; Commander-Company B (Attack)- 501st Aviation Battalion, Ist Brigade, Ist Armored Division - Katterbach, Germany; Student-United States Army Command and General Staff College-Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Director of Instruction - Headquarters Reserve Officer Training Corps, Senior Program -University of Southern Mississippi - Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Commander -4th Aviation Training Battalion Fort Rucker, Alabama. | Lieutenant Colonel Cozzalio contracted the Epstein Barr virus during military exercises and was medically retired on 28 April 1986 and returned to the family ranch in Oregon to live. In 1992 he was required to live in Portland, Oregon to be available for a heart transplant. A transplant was performed on 28 April 1993. The transplant was not successful and he died on 30 April 1993. | Lieutenant Colonel Cozzalio is a graduate of the United States Army Armor Officer Candidate School, Officer Rotary Wing Aviator Course, Armor Officer Advanced Course, Army Aviation Safety Course, Aviation Commanders Course, Aviation Refresher Training Course, Headstart German Course, Command and General Staff College and the Air Assault Course. | His military awards include the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross w/ 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Soldier's Medal, Bronze Star Medal w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal (48 awards, one with V Device), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (1 Silver Star and 1 Bronze Star), Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross w/ Palm, Valorous Unit Award w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, Republic of Vietnam Civil Actions Medal Unit Citation Badge w/ 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Master Army Aviator Badge, Air Assault Badge, Cambodian Crew Chief Wings, Expert (Rifle, Pistol). | Lieutenant Colonel Cozzalio was inducted into the Legion of Valor in 1972.