James L. Estep

James L. Estep

James L. Estep

Colonel James L. Estep was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School Class 1-64 on 16 June 1964.  His first duty assignment was as Special Forces A  Detachment Executive Officer, C Company, 5th Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and South Vietnam. | His subsequent duty assignments include:  Instructor, United States Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georiga; Rifle Company Commander, 1st Cavalry, Vietnam; S3, United States Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georiga; Advisor, U.S. Army Advisory Group, Vietnam; Infantry Project Officer, PMTAADE, Battalion Executive Officer, 2nd Infantry Division, Korea; Company Commander, 7th Special Forces; Group Executive Officer/Deputy Commander, 5th Special Forces; Special Operations Staff, Commander in Chief, Pacific; Battalion Commander, 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces, Okinawa, Japan; and Commander Special Operations Command, Comsock, Korea; Senior Army Advisor, 108th Division, North Carolina. | Colonel Estep is a graduate of the Infantry Officers Advanced Course, Command and General Staff College, United States Army War College, and the Special Forces Officer Course. | His military awards include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star w/ Three Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart w/ Three Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal w/ Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Medal w/ Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Joint Service Command Medal, Army Command Medal w/ Three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/ Six Oak Lead Clusters, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon w/ Three Oak Leaf Clusters, Vietnam Honor Medal, Korean Distinguished Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Parachutist Badge (Thailand), Parachutist Badge (Korea), and Parachutist Badge (Philippines).

More Information

  • Rank

    Colonel

  • Graduated From

    Fort Benning, Georgia

  • Highest Award

    Silver Star

  • Year Inducted

    1989

  • Branch Of Service

    Infantry

  • HF ID #

    HF_01269