Richard R. Kotite
Brigadier General Richard S. Kotite was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduating from Officer Candidate School in September 1945. His first duty assignment was Army of Occupation, Germany. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Platoon Leader, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division; 1st Battalion Headquarters, 23d Infantry, The Battle of Chipyong NI, Operation KILLER, and HEARTBREAK RIDGE; Army Training Center, Puerto Rico, S-3, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington; Chief, Force Development Division and J-3, Headquarters, MACV, Vietnam; Vietnam-Thailand Desk, Operations Directorate, DCSOPS, Pentagon; Commander, 2d Brigade, 3d Infantry Division, Germany; Chief of Staff, 3d Infantry Division; Chief of Plans, DCSOPS, Headquarters, Vietnam; Senior Advisor, Capital Military District, Vietnam; Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Drug and Alcohol Abuse). | Brigadier General Kotite's awards and decorations include: Distinguished Service Cross, Legion of Merit (2 Oak Leaf Cluster), Soldiers Medal, Bronze Star (V Device), Meritorious Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster), Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, Distinguished Unit Citation, American Campaign Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, National Defense Service Medal (Oak Leaf Cluster), Korean Service Medal (4 Stars), Vietnam Service Medal (4 Stars), Vietnam Gallantry Cross (Gold Star), Vietnam Army Distinguished Service Medal (Second Class), United Nations Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal (Date Bar), Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation (2 Awards), Combat Infantryman Badge, General Staff Identification Badge, Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge.