Joseph H. Masterson
Colonel Joseph H. Masterson was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School 24 March 1951, class number 28. His first duty assignment was as Platoon Leader, Co g, 11th Airborne Division, Co G, 188th Airborne Infantry Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Platoon Leader, Co F, & Intelligence/ Reconnaissance, 14th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, Korean War; Co g, 188th Airborne Infantry Regiment, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Company Commander, Co C, 188th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Battalion & Regimental S-2, HEADQUARTERS, 1st Battalion, 188th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 11th Airborne Division; Army Aviation Training, Gary Air Force Base, and Fort Rucker, AL; Army Aviation Duties, HEADQUARTERS, Communications Zone, Orleans; Asst Secretary General Staff, HEADQUARTERS, 6th Army; Commanding Officer, HEADQUARTERS, 6th Army, Crissy Army Airfield; Executive officer, HEADQUARTERS, 145th Aviation Battalion, Vietnam; Commanding Officer, 197th Armed Helicopter Co, 145th Aviation Battalion, Vietnam; Department of Tactics, Chief Armament Division, Fort Rucker, Alabama; Commanding Officer, 20th Aviation Group, 5th Infantry Division, Fort Carson; Deputy, 6th Army Aviation Officer, HEADQUARTERS, 6th Army; Chief, Doctrine & Organization, Combat Developments Infantry Agency, Fort Benning; Chief, Test & Evaluation, Combat Developments Infantry Agency, Fort Benning, Chief Plans & Operations, Army Readiness Region III, Fort Meade; Commanding, Readiness Group Meade, Fort Meade, Maryland. | Colonel Masterson’s awards and decorations include the Silver Star w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with “V” device and one Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Commendation Medal with 13 Oak Leaf Clusters and two with “V” device for Valor, Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palms, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with two Silver Star awards, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Master Parachutist Badge, Master Aviator Badge, Ranger Tab.