Paul B. Welch, Jr.
Colonel Paul B. Welch, Jr. was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School in July 1944. His first duty assignment was as Infantry Unit Commander, 345th Infantry. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and European Theater of Operations; Commander, Cavalry Unit, Fort Benning; Commander, Infantry Unit, 22d Infantry, Camp Buckner; Commander, Training, 8th Division, Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Battalion S-3, Air-CO, Tank Company, 40th Division, Korea; Instructor, MFSS, Fort Sam Houston, Texas; CO, Arty Btry and Div Arty, S-1; 82d Airborne, Division; Advisor, Hawaii NG, Hilo, Hawaii; Battalion S-3 and Div Arty S-1, 25th Division; Plans Officer, D.CSUTR, CONARC; Executive Officer, J-3, Headquarters MACV; Commander, 3d Battalion, 76th Arty, 3d Division (M); Chief, DCSLOG, Maintenance Division, Germany; Secretary General Staff, Headquarters, Vietnam. | Colonel Welch's awards and decorations include: Legion of Merit (2 Oak Leaf Cluster), Bronze Star (Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal (2 Oak Leaf Cluster), Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge.