John A. Topper
Colonel John A. Topper was commissioned Infantry with class #9-64, 27 October 1964. His first assignment upon commissioning was Platoon Leader, C Company, 2nd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Armored Division, Fort Hood, Texas. | His subsequent assignments include: S-3 Air, S-3, Company Commander, 2/41, Fort Hood, Texas; Company Commander, S-3, 1/50th Infantry, 1st Cavalry Division, Republic of Vietnam; S-3, 226th QM BN, Evansville IN; Executive Officer, 226th QM BN, Evansville, IN; Commander, 281st Maint Company, Evansville, IN; Executive Officer and Commander, 766th Trans Battalion, Evansville IN; Dep Commander, 451st Field Depot, Indianapolis, IN; Staff Officer, HQ USAEUR ODCSOPS, Germany; and as Commander, 7th Army Reserve Command, Germany. | Colonel Topper has attended the USAF Air/Ground OPS School, The QM Officer Advance Course, the Command and General Staff School, the NATO SHAPE School, and has been selected to attend the Army War College. | His military awards and decorations include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star w/V Device and 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Armed Service Reserve Medal, Army Service Ribbon, NCO Academy Ribbon w/2 Device, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Gold Star.