James E. Maertens
Colonel James E. Maertens was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School 21 December 1942, Class Number 131-42. His first duty assignment was as Instructor Weapons Section, The Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Platoon Leader, Company D, 91st ITR, Fort Hood, Texas; Company Executive Officer, Company H, 393d Infantry, Fort Hood, Texas; Company Commander, Company Executive Officer, Company G, 393d Infantry, Camp Maxey, Texas; Assistant G3, Headquarters Fourth Army, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Ground Ln Officer, Headquarters Sec (Army), Tng Comd Amph Fcs, PAG Fleet; Assistant S3 (IORD), 6th IRTC, Fort McClellan, Alabama; Org and Tng Officer, (G3), Headquarters Sp Trps GHeadquarters, AFPAC; Company Commander, Headquarters Company, 775th Tank Battalion, Manila, Philippine Islands; Intelligence Staff Officer, Intelligence Division (7890), Headquarters Gp, EUCOM; G3 AIR (Doc Sec, D&E Dept), Plans and Policies Officer, AIR Spt Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Assistant G2, OCAFF, Fort Monroe, Virginia; Battalion Executive Officer, Headquarters 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry FECOM; ACofS, G2, Headquarters 45th Infantry Division, FECOM; Spec Opns Officer O&T Br Tng Div, G2 DA 8533d AAU, Washington, D.C.; Battalion Executive Officer, Headquarters 3d Battalion 4th RCT, Fort Devens, Massachusetts; Assistant Brigade S3, Headquarters 2d Infantry Brigade, Fort Devens, Massachusetts; Assistant USASA Battalion Commander, Headquarters 318th USASA Battalion USAREUR; Casual Officer, Enr 326th ASA Op Company, Homestead Air Force Base, Florida; Commanding Officer, Deputy Commander, 6th USASA Filed Station (3006), Homestead Air Force Base, Florida; Gp Executive Officer, Commanding Officer, Headquarters 507th USASA Gp, USAREUR. | His awards and decorations include: American Def Service Medal, American Camp Service Medal, AP Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Expert Infantry Badge, Army of Occupation Medal, Korean Service Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, 1 O/S Bar, UN Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, ROK Pres Unit Citation, Army Gen Staff Cert, Cert of Achievement ARCOM, NDSM (1st Oak Leaf Cluster).