Lieutenant Colonel Charles John Mendoza
Lieutenant Colonel Charles John Mendoza was commissioned as an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Infantry Officer Candidate School Class 8-55, Fort Benning, Georgia, 24 August 1955. He reported to his first duty assignment as a Platoon Leader at 2nd Infantry Division shortly afterward.
His subsequent duty assignments include: Commander, 5th Battalion (Officer Candidate), 19th Infantry Regiment, Fort Benning, Georgia; Chief, Revolutionary Support Activities, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and Commander, B-35, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Nha Trang, Republic of Vietnam; Detachment Commander A331, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Binh Dinh, Republic of Vietnam; Intelligence Officer, B330, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Japan and Pleiku, Republic of Vietnam; Ranger Instructor, Dahlonega, Georgia. His last duty assignment was with the US Army Concepts Analysis Agency in the Pentagon.
His military education and training consist of: Infantry Officer Candidate School, Ranger School, Basic Airborne and Jumpmaster Courses, Pathfinder School, Infantry Advanced Course, Special Forces Officer Course, Psychological Operations Officer Course, US Army Language School-French, United States Army Command and General Staff College.
His military awards and decorations include: Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (w/V device), Meritorious Service Medal (w/ OLC); Air Medal (w/Silver OLC) and the Army Commendation Medal (w/V and 2 OLC).