William P. Holmes III
Colonel William P. Holmes III was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School on 12 March 1957. His first duty assignment was as Company Executive Officer, Company C, 13th Battalion, 4th Regiment, U.S. Army Training Center, Fort Knox, Kentucky. | His subsequent duty assignments include: Platoon Leader, Asst S-3, Company Commander, 35th Infantry, 25th Division, HI; Sr Regt’l Adv, Jusmag, Thailand; Senior Adv, 47th Arvn Regt Rvn; IG, 1st U.S. Army, Fort Meade, Maryland; XO and S-3, 4th Bn, 3d Inf, Americal Div Rvn; J-3, Jugmag, Ethiopia; CO Reception Station, Fort Polk, Louisiana; CO, 3d Bn, 2d Bde, Fort Polk, Louisiana; Cmd Ctr Opn Ch, J-3 Pentagon; Attache, Australia, New Zealand, and Papua, New Guinea. | Military schools attended include: Career Course, Defense Language Instructor, Command and General Staff College, Army War College, Foreign Service Instructor. | His awards and decorations include: Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star w/V Device and 5 Oak Leaf Cluster, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal w/5 Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal w/1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm and Silver Star, Royal Order of the Crown of Thailand, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Airborne Badge, Aircraft Crewman Badge, Joint Chief of Staff Identification Badge.