John S. Lekson
Colonel (later Major General) John S. Lekson was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School, 15 May 1942, class number 12. His first duty assignment was as Platoon Leader, 504th PIR, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Company Executive Officer, Battalion S-3, Battalion Executive, Regiment S3, Assistant G3, 504 PIR, 82d Abn, Africa, Sicily, Italy, England, Holland, Belgium, France and Germany; Assistant G3, 82d Abn & 13th Abn, France, U.S. (Fort Bragg); Battalion Executive, Battalion Commander, Regimental S3, 505 PIR, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Tactical Instructor, United States Military Academy, West Point, New York; Intelligence Officer, Headquarters, USFA, Austria; Battalion Commander, 350th Inf, Austria; Executive G3, Headquarters, USFA, Austria; ACofS, G1, 101st Abn Div, Fort Campbell; Plans Officer, UN Command, Korea; Plans & Operations Officer, OCLL, DA; BG Commander, 325 BG, 82d Abn Div, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; BG Commander & Pol O, 325 & AFSD, Fort Bragg & Naples Italy; Ch, Pol Sect, Headquarters, Allied Forces, Naples, Italy; DAC, Southern Europe, USAIS, Fort Benning, Georgia. | Colonel Lekson's awards and decorations include: Military Order of Wilhelm; Belgium Fourragere; Senior Parachutist; Combat Infantryman Badge; Army Commendation Medal w/Oak Leaf Cluster; Bronze Star w/Oak Leaf Cluster.