Joseph L. Parlas, Jr.
Colonel Joseph L Parlas, Jr. was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School 10 October 1952, class number 31. His first duty assignment was as Training Officer, Company M, 516th Air, 101st Airborne Division, Camp Breckinridge, Kentucky. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Tng Officer, Co Cdr, Co K, 516th Air, 101st Abn Div, Cp Breckinridge, Kentucky; Aviator/Flt Opns Officer, 7th Avn Co, 7th Inf Div, Korea; Aviator, Asst Aircraft Maint Officer & Aviator, Aircraft Maint Officer/Aviator, 1st AVN Co, Fort Benning, Georgia; Aircraft Maint Officer, 202d Avn Co (Hel), Verona, Italy; Aircraft Maint officer, 110th Avn Co, Verona, Italy; Det Cdr/Aircraft Maint Officer, 17th Trans Det, Verona, Italy; S-1, 2d Bde, 2d Inf Div, 2d Bde, 1st Cav Div, Fort Benning, & Republic of Vietnam; Co Cdr, 155th Aslt Hel Co, Republic of Vietnam; Personnel Officer, Dept R/W Tng, Fort Rucker; Bn Cdr, 168th Cbt Avn Bn, Republic of Vietnam; Personnel Staff Officer/Branch Chief, Office, chief Army Reserve (OCAR), Headquarters DA, Pentagon; Recreation Svc Officer, OCAR & USA Army Support Command, Hawaii; RSO & Senior Advisor to Hawaii Army National Guard, U.S. Army Support Command, Hawaii. | His awards and decorations include: Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Master Army Avn Badge, CIB, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm, MUC, VUC, PUC, Order of HWashington HRANG - Republic of Korea, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Silver Star (2 awards), Reserve Forces Medal, NDSM w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster. Good Conduct Medal, ARCOM, Air Medal w/21 awards, Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster (valor award), Legion of Merit.