Zane H. Summers


Zane H. Summers

Colonel Zan H. Summers was initially commissioned a Second Lieutenant, Infantry, United States Army. Following appointment in January 1946, he was assigned as platoon leader, Company D, First Battalion, 20th Infantry. At this time, his unit, a part of the Sixth Infantry Division, was on occupation duty in Korea. He later served as Commanding Officer of Headquarters Company, First Battalion, 20th Infantry and as Battalion Adjutant. He returned to the United States in February, 1947 and was immediately released from Active Duty and assigned to the Army Reserve. In January 1948, Colonel Summers accepted his initial appointment in the West Virginia Army National Guard and was assigned as a Platoon Leader, Company B, First Battalion, 150th Infantry (RCT). In December of 1948, he was transferred to Company E, 2d Battalion, 150th Infantry (RCT) as Executive Officer. On 15 August 1950, he became commander of that unit. On 12 July 1952, he was promoted to Captain and continued in command of the unit until 1955. Colonel Summers was transferred to Headquarters, 3d Squadron, 150th Armored Cavalry, as Squadron S-1 and Adjutant on 1 November 1955, following conversion of the 150th Infantry to the 150th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Colonel Summers returned to Active Duty with the Regiment on 15 October 1961 and reverted to National Guard Status in August 1962. He was transferred to State Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, WV Army National Guard in September 1962. On 20 September 1962, he was promoted to Major and served in assignments as Assistant G-1, Assistant G-3 and Assistant Chief of Staff, G-3. On 23 February 1968 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel. Colonel Summers was Operations and Training Officer, Command Section, Headquarters, WV Army National Guard from 1 March 1968 until 30 April 1969. On 1 May 1969, he was reassigned as Commander, 1092d Engineer Battalion (C) (A) and commanded that unit until 29 October 1973. He returned to Headquarters, WV Army National Guard as Deputy G-4 and was promoted to Colonel on 9 September 1974 and assigned as G-4. Colonel Summers was ordered to Active Duty to accept appointment as the United States Property and Fiscal officer for West Virginia on 1 October 1974. | Colonel Summers' military education includes graduation from the Associate Infantry Company Officer Course; Armor Officer Associate Advanced Course; Financial Management Course; Engineer Officer Advanced Course; the Command and General Staff College (USAR); Associate Logistics Executive Development Course; Defense Advanced Procurement Course; Government Contract Law Course; Defense Cost and Price Analysis Course; and, Defense Contract Negotiation Workshop. | Awards and Decorations: Army Commendation Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/Hour Glass Device; National Defense Service Medal; American Campaign Medal; Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal; World War II Victory Medal; Army of Occupation Medal - Korea; Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal; and, Expert Infantryman Badge. | Colonel Summers is active in community and church affairs in Buckhannon, WV where he resides at 2 Scott Street.  He is married to the former Jean Heath and has two children. Colonel Summers is a member of the Buckhannon Lions Club, the First United Presbyterian Church of Buckhannon and the Buckhannon Country Club. He is a member of the National Guard Association of the United States and of West Virginia. He is also a member of the Board of the Central West Virginia Council, Boy Scouts of America.

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Graduated From
Fort Benning, Georgia
Key Assignment
Platoon Leader, Company D, First Battalion, 20th Infantry
Highest Award
Army Commendation Medal
Year Inducted
Branch Of Service

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