James M. Vail
Colonel James M. Vail was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School, 5 June 1947, class number 5. His first duty assignment was as Construction Officer 2128th Engineer Svc Company (Sep), Nome, Alaska. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Assistant Post Engr, 2128th Engr Svc Co (Sep), Nome, Alaska; Headquarters Company Executive Officer and Assistant S3, 803d Engr Aviation Bn, Fort Gordon, Georgia; Training Company Commander, 87th Inf Regiment, Fort Riley, Kansas; Rifle Company Commander, Regiment S-4, 27th Inf Regiment, Korea; ROTC Instructor, ROTC Det, University of Georgia; Leadership Committee Instructor, The Infantry School; G-4, Logistics STF Officer, Headquarters, AU Army Europe, Germany; Battle Group S-4, Headquarters, 2d BG, 6th Inf, Berlin; Personnel Staff Officer, Headquarters, DA, Infantry Branch; Executive Officer, 5th SFGA, Headquarters, 5th Spc Forces Gp (Abn), Vietnam; Battalion Commander, Headquarters, 8th Tng Bn, 3d Tng Bde (AIT), Fort Gordon; Project Manager, Special Warfare, Headquarters, U.S. Army Materiel Comd, Washington, D.C.; Brigade Commander, Headquarters, 4th CST Bde, Fort Jackson, South Carolina. | Colonel Vail's awards and decorations include: Vietnamese Medal of Honor; Army Commendation Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster); Air Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster); Bronze Star Medal; Legion of Merit; Silver Star.