John R.D. Cleland

John R.D. Cleland

John R.D. Cleland

Major General John Robin Davis Cleland was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School in 1944. His first duty assignment was as Platoon Leader, 503d Parachute Infantry, Philippine Islands. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Platoon Leader, Company Commander, 188th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division, Japan and the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82d airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Aide-de-Camp, Commanding General, 82d Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Company XO and Company Commander, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, Korea; Training Officer, Army Field Forces Board #3 (Infantry), Fort Benning, Georgia; Battalion S-3, 41st Armored Infantry Battalion, 2d Armored Division, Germany; S-2 and S-3, Combat Command A, 2d Armored Division, Germany; Instructor, U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Plans Officer, J-5 Division, U.S. Military Assistance Command, Vietnam; Chief of Staff for Military Operations, U.S. Army, Washington, D.C.; Military Assistant to Special Assistant to Secretary of State for Vietnamese Affairs, Department of State, Washington, D.C.; Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3, 82d Airborne Division and Commanding Officer/Deputy Brigade Commander, 3rd Battalion, 503d Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade, Vietnam; Commanding Officer, Task Force South (Provisional), I Field Force, Vietnam; Military Staff Officer, Office of the Special Assistant for Counterinsurgency, U.S. Embassy, Thailand; Assistant Chief of Staff, J-3, USAssistance Command, Thailand. | His awards and decorations include: Combat Infantryman Badge (3rd Award), Master Parachutist, Silver Star, Legion of Merit w/3 Oak Leaf Clusters, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal w/17 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army commendation Medal, Purple Heart w/Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnamese Army Distinguished Service Order, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross w/ Gold Star.

More Information

  • Rank

    Major General

  • Graduated From

    Fort Benning, Georgia

  • Key Assignment

    Assistant Chief of Staff, J-3 | USAssistance Command | Thailand

  • Highest Award

    Silver Star

  • Year Inducted

    1971

  • Branch Of Service

    Infantry

  • HF ID #

    HF_00510