BONG SON- Lieutenant Colonel Anthony B. Herbert assumed command of the 2nd Battalion, 503d Infantry during recent ceremonies at LZ English.
Colonel Herbert takes over from LTC John W. Nicholson, who commanded the Battalion since August. Prior to his new assignment, Colonel Herbert served as the Brigade's Inspector General (IG). He came to Vietnam in August.
Born in Herminie, Pa., Colonel Herbert
joined the Army in 1947 and went on to distinguish himself heroically
in the Korean War as a Master Sergeant, where he was wounded four
times, he came out of the war as the U.S. Army's most decorated
enlisted man. In addition to the Purple Heart with 3 Oak Leaf clusters,
has been decorated with the Silver Star, two Oak Leaf clusters, the
Bronze Star with V, Soldier's Medal, Army Commendation Medal with 2 Oak
Leaf clusters and and he is the only non-Turk in the world to receive
the coveted Turkish Ozanu. He has also earned the Combat Infantryman's
Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Jump Wings from the German and British
Armies, Pathfinder's Badge and Ranger Tab.
Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1957, Colonel Herbert's
colorful career has taken him to Japan,. Korea, Alaska, Iceland, the
Azores, Canada, Saudi Arabia, 51 African Nations and across Europe. He
is a qualified interpreter in Portuguese. After graduating from the
University of Pittsburgh in 1956, the 38-year old Lieutenant Colonel
went on to earn a Masters Degree and PHD from the University of Georgia
A commondreams article claims he lives in Colorado.
I was an avid read of ‘About Face’ when it first came out back in the late 80's and I was a 40 year old junior at Montana State University in Bozeman.
I had recently read Neal Shehan’s bio of Col. J.P. Vann and I was intrigued by the parallels between his career, your career, and the author of a book I had read in the early ‘70s, LTC. Anthony Herbert’s ‘The Making of a Soldier.’
I’ve read the excerpts of your latest, which prompted me to re-read the ‘Hardcore’ Chapter in A. F. There is a particular correlation to your description of the hard luck 4/39 vs the Division and Brigade headquarters of the 9th Div in 1969, and Herbert’s description, based on his initial assessment as the Brigade I.G,. of the 173d Abn Bde. base camp and ‘forward position’ of An Khe and Camp English, in 1968, and the combat battalions.
Herbert, like you, was a poor kid who enlisted as a private just after WWII, fought in Korea, was a highly decorated enlisted combat infantryman, went to college, got a commision, was in the Ranger program, commanded a battalion in Vietnam, and was forced out of the service when he embarrassed the high command, in his case when he made charges of atrocities he witnessed in the 173d's AO.
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