Joseph J. Koontz

KOONTZ,JOSEPH

Joseph J. Koontz

Colonel Joseph James Koontz was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School 8 May 1942, class number 10. His first duty assignment was as Rifle Platoon Leader, Regiment’l Recon Platoon Leader, Regimental S-2, 27th Infantry Reg, 25th Division. | His subsequent duty assignments include: F Company Commander, 1st Bn Exec Officer, 27th Inf Reg, 25th Division, Central Pacific, Guadal Canal, New Georgia, Br. Solomon Is, Phillipine Islands, Japan; Bn Exec, Bn Comdr, 86th Tank Bn (RTC), Fort Knox, Kentucky; Student, Armor Advance Course, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Student Airborne Course, Fort Benning, Georgia; Student, DA-Pentagon-ACofS-Army Language School, Washington, D.C. & Monterey, California; Advisor to Colombian Military Schools, Army RTC, Army Staff, U.S. Army Mission, Colombia; (Countee Insurgency) Operations & Tng (Counter Insurgency), U.S. Army Mission, Colombia; Instructor, Colombian War College, Bogota, Columbia; Student, Regular Course Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Budget and Finance Officer, Dir Army Budget, Pentagon, Washington, D.C.; Member, Counterinsurgency Survey Team to Latin Country, TDY, Ope Sec Defense; Ofc Director Plans, Special Warfare (Counter insurgency) DCSOPS, DA, Pentagon, Washington D.C.; Commander Det #3, Sr Advisor 4th Inf Div, RTA, Thailand; Chief Plans Br, Pro Div G-3, Headquarters, Second U.S. Army, Fort Gordon, Georgia & Meade, Maryland; Chief Unit Tng, Reserve Comp Div, D.C.SOT (G-3) Headquarters, Second U.S. Army; Sp Asst to D.CSOT, Exec Off P&O Div D.CSOT (G-3), Headquarters, Second U.S. Army; Chief of Mission, U.S. Army Mission, Guatemala, Central American; Commander, U.S. Military Group, Guatemala; Comptroller, Headquarters USATC, Fort Jackson, South Carolina. | Colonel Koontz's awards and decorations include: Legion of Merit (Combat Action), Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Air Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Phillipine Liberation Medal, Phillipine Presidential Unit Citation, Army Commendation Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Army of Occupation (Japan) Nat Def, NDSM 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, Decoration Government of Colombia, 6 overseas bars.

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Graduated From
Fort Benning, Georgia
Key Assignment
F Company Commander, 1st Bn Exec Officer, 27th Inf Reg, 25th Division, Central Pacific, Guadal Canal, New Georgia, Br. Solomon Is, Phillipine Islands, Japan
Highest Award
Legion of Merit
Year Inducted
1968
Branch Of Service
Infantry
Rank
Colonel
HF ID #
HF_00317

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