Charles M. East, Jr.
Colonel Charles M. East Jr. was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School, 17 January 1944, class number 526. His first duty assignment was as Platoon Leader, IRTC, Camp Robinson, Arkansas. | His subsequent duty assignment include: Unit Officer, 359th Repl Co (European Theater of Operations); Unit Officer, Bremerhaven Staging Area (European Theater of Operations); Battalion S-2, 329th Inf Regiment (ORC); Platoon Leader, 8th Cav Regiment (FEC); Platoon Leader and Company Commander, 61st Inf Regiment, Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Company Commander, Battalion S-3 and Assistant Regiment S-3, 504th Abn Inf Regiment, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Battalion Adjutant, Rifle Company Commander, 4th RCT (USARAL); PMS, Johnson City, Tenn, HS ROTC; Assistant G-1 and SGS, Headquarters, XVIII Abn Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Dep Sr Adv, Abn Bde Adv Det (Republic of Vietnam); Africa Area Plans O, US Strike Comd, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida; Brigade Executive Officer; 3d Bde, 8th Inf Div (USAREUR); Battalion Commander, 2d Bn, 13th Inf (USAREUR); Chief of Staff, Headquarters USAREUR & 7th Army Trps. | His awards and decorations include: ROK Presidential Unit Citation, Vietnamese Jump Master Badge (Free Fall Qualified), Master Parachutist Bade, Combat Infantryman Badge w/star, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross w/Gold Star, Vietnamese Distinguished Service Medal (2d Class), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Medal, Bronze Star Medal w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster.