John M. Ringler
Colonel John Michael Ringler was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School on 25 August 1942, class number 54. His first duty assignment was as Platoon Leader, Company B, 1st Battalion, 117th Infantry Brigade, 30th Division, Fort Jackson, South Carolina. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Student, Parachute School, Fort Benning, Georgia; 511th Parachute Infantry, 11th Abn Div, Camp Makall, North Carolina; Instructor, Airborne School, Fort Benning, Georgia; CO, Company H, 511th PIR, 11th Abn Div, Japan; Operation Officer and Director of Instruction, Airtransportability Training Center, FEC, Japan; Operation Officer, Far East Command Aerial Port Detachment, Japan; Office of G3, Operations, 11th Abn Div, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Bn Commander, 3rd Bn, 503rd Parachute Regiment, 11th Abn Div, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Student, Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Battalion Advisor to Puerto Rico National Guard, Fort Brooke, Puerto Rico; Office of G3, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Senior Division Advisor, 16th Light Div, COMUSMACV, Vietnam; Center Commander and Advisor to U.S. Army Reserve Units, Buffalo, New York; Student Officer, JFK Special Warfare School, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Chief Special Warfare Branch, ACof S G3, Hq U.S. Army Pacific, Fort Shafter, Hawaii; Director, MATA Dept, Special Warfare School, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Director of Instruction, Special Warfare School, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; CO, Institute Brigade, U.S. Army Institute for Military Assistance, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. | Military schools attended include: Parachute School, 5th Eng. Fire Fighting School, Associate Infantry Officers Course, Airborne Jumpmaster Course, Command and General Staff College, Special Forces Officer School. | His awards and decorations include: Silver Star w/ Oak Leaf Cluster; Bronze Star; Purple Heart; Army Commendation Medal; Presidential Unit Citation w/ 2 Oak Leaf Clusters; Distinguished Unit Badge; British Military Cross; American Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; Army Occupation Medal (Japan); National Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; United Nations Service Medal; Armed Forces Reserve Medal; Combat Infantryman Badge; Master Parachutist Badge; Glider Badge; Philippine Liberation Ribbon; Korean Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal w /device 60.