Nicholas S. Kotas
Colonel Nicholas S. Kotas was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School 7 August 1952, class number 20 or 22. His first duty assignment was as Platoon Leader and Executive Officer, Company K, 364th Infantry Regiment, Fort Dix, New Jersey. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Anti-Tank and Mine Platoon Leader, HHC, 224th Infantry Regiment, 40th division, Korea; Company commander, Company F, 31st Infantry Regiment, 7th Division, Korea; Supply Officer/Operations and Training Officer/Assistant S-4 and Classified Account, Headquarters Company, 513th Military Intelligence Group, Europe; Admin Officer, G-3, Headquarters XV USA Corps, Presidio of San Francisco, California; Road Project Officer and Berlin Helmstead Autobahn Control Officer/S-3, GH Division, Headquarters Berlin Brigade, 4th Battalion, 18th Infantry; Executive Officer, 4th Battalion, 18th Infantry, Berlin, Training Officer and Deputy G-3, Headquarters Berlin Brigade; Assistant Chief and Chief Officers Branch, Headquarters 6th Army Presidio of San Francisco; Assistant Plans and Operations Officer, G-3/ Deputy Commander/Brigade XO, Headquarters I Force V, Vietnam and HHC, 2d Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, Vietnam; Deputy G-1/ Battalion Commander, Brigade XO, HHC, 2d Battalion, 2d Brigade, Fort Ord, California; Deputy Senior Advisor, MACV, 18th Army Vietnam Division; Chief, Watch Team Division, Directorate Command and Control and Military Support; Chief, Army Operations Center Division, Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, Pentagon. | His awards and decorations include: Defense Medals, Service Medal, AFRM plus Misc, Korean Service Medal, ROKPUC, Expert Infantryman Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, Air Medal (4 awards), Army commendation Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Joint Service Commendation Medal (4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Meritorious Service Medal (2 Oak Leaf Clusters), 2 Bronze Stars, Legion of Merit.