Rex R. Blewett
Colonel Rex R. Blewett was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on 30 December 1943 when he graduated from OCS Class 310. He served as a Platoon Leader in the states before transferring to Europe in 1946 where he served as Personnel Officer with the Headquarters of the Third Army. | In 1946 he transferred to the Corps of Engineers and served as Platoon Leader and Company Commander of combat and construction engineer units in Korea. In 1948 he returned to the states and was assigned as Assistant Professor of Military Science at Montana State College, and later at University of Idaho. His next assignment took him bat to Korea in 1952 where he served as Company Commander with the 179th Infantry Regiment. Following staff assignments with the 45th Division as a major and Headquarters, Eighth Army he returned to the states and served with the 19th Mountain Division. In 1955 he moved to Washington, D. C. where he was assigned as Staff Officer with the Office of the Chief of Reserve Affairs and later with the Office of the Chief of Research and Development. | In 1959 he was transferred to Germany where he served as Staff Officer for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Military Operations and received a promotion to Lieutenant Colonel. He then served a year as Commanding Officer of an Armored Rifle Battalion with the 3rd Armored Division. Following two years at the Army War College where he was a student and a member of the staff he returned to Washington where he spent a year each with the Office of the Chief of Research and Development and with the Officer of the Secretary to the Joint Chief of Staff, where he was promoted to the rank of colonel. | His next assignment took him to Vietnam and an assignment as Commanding Officer of the 4th Division Support Command. In 1968 he moved to Hawaii where he served as Chief of the Services Division for the G-1 section at Fort Shafter and at the time of his induction he was serving as Secretary of the General Staff at Headquarters, U.S. Army of the Pacific. | Colonel Blewett’s awards and decorations include: Legion of Merit w/ Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star Medal wi/ Oak Leaf Cluster and the Army Commendation Medal.