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CONTENTS

1. Battalion Commanders
2. Battalion Sergeants Major
3. Company Commanders

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Commanders, 1st Battalion (Mech) 50th Infantry


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During the 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 50th Infantry's time in combat in the Republic of Vietnam, eight men commanded the Battalion.. They were:


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Albert L. Hutson, Jr.
Lieutenant Colonel, Infantry
September 1967-January 1968
Blue Dolphin 6, first commander of the 1st Bn (Mech), 50th Infantry in Vietnam, brought the battalion to Vietnam from Fort Hood, Texas.
Cheney L. Bertholf, Jr.
Lieutenant Colonel, Armor
February 1968-July 1968
Silverfox 6 was second commander of the 1st Bn (Mech), 50th Infantry in Vietnam.
John B. Carter
Lieutenant Colonel, Infantry
July 1968-December 1968
LTC Carter was third commander of the 1st Bn (Mech), 50th Infantry in Vietnam.
James R. Woodall
Lieutenant Colonel, Infantry
December 1968-June 1969
Cowboy 6 was fourth commander of the 1st Bn (Mech), 50th Infantry in Vietnam.

Oren R. Culpepper.
Major, Infantry
June 1969-July 1969
Upon LTC Woodall's departure, the XO MAJ Culpepper assumed command of the 1st Bn (Mech), 50th Infantry until LTC Gilbert arrived.

John M. Gilbert
Lieutenant Colonel, Infantry
July 1969-January 1970
LTC Gilbert commanded the battalion during a period which included the shift of the battalion from Binh Dinh Province to Phan Thiet in Binh Thuan Province.
Robert H. Luck
Lieutenant Colonel, Armor
January 1970-June 1970
LTC Luck was seventh commander of the 1st Bn (Mech), 50th Infantry in Vietnam.
Richard D. Hooker
Lieutenant Colonel, Infantry
June 1970-December 1970
LTC Hooker, the final commander of the 1st Bn (Mech), 50th Infantry in Vietnam, returned the battalion to Fort Hood, Texas.
Note: Except where noted, the above photos are Public Domain and may be freely copied or downloaded.

The Battalion Commanders were ably assisted in their command functions by the Battalion Command Sergeant Major. The role of the command sergeant major is to provide calm, settled and unequivocally accurate counsel with an energy and enthusiasm that never wanes, even in the worst of times. The command sergeant major carries out policies and standards of the performance, training, appearance, and conduct of enlisted personnel. The command sergeant major advises and initiates recommendations to the commander and staff in matters pertaining to the NCOs and enlisted men. For enlisted soldiers there is no greater honor than to be entrusted with this role in a combat unit.

The following men held the post of Command Sergeant Major, 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 50th Infantry.

Walter Yamashita
Command Sergeant Major
Sep 67-Aug 68

Jerry Pierce
Command Sergeant Major
Aug 68-May 69

Herman Allmendinger
Command Sergeant Major*
Jun 69-Jan 70

George Roraback
Command Sergeant Major**
Jul 69-Aug 69

Richardson
Command Sergeant Major
-Dec 70

Notes: * Acting CSM until August 68; promoted to E9 on 9 Jul 69.
     ** Returned to States on Emergency Leave after two weeks
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Battalion Staff Officers and Senior NCOs of the 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 50th Infantry are shown on the Photos_HQ page.


Company Commanders* of the 1st Battalion (Mechanized), 50th Infantry in Vietnam were:

Unit

Name

Rank

Branch


Rank, Branch


From


To

Ron Dennis

Captain, Infantry

Sep 67

Jan 68
Tom Schroeder

Captain, Infantry

Jan 68

Jul 68

James H. Lee

Captain, Infantry

Jul 68

Jan 69

Otis D. Ponds Jr

Captain, Infantry

Jan 69

Feb 69

Forrest L. Horn

Captain, Infantry

Feb 69

Jun 69
James Edge

Captain, Armor 

Jun 69 

Nov 69
John Walsh

Captain, Infantry

   

John Topper

Captain, Infantry

Sep 67

Dec 67
Mike Dash

Captain, Infantry

Dec 67

Jan 68
Mort Murphy

Captain, Infantry

Feb 68

Apr 68

Donald D. Blair

Captain, Infantry

May 68

Aug 68

Walter D. Kinard

Captain, Infantry

Aug 68

Jan 69

Anthony V. Neglia

Captain, Infantry

Jan 69

Jul 69
Lawrence J. DeMeo, Jr.

Captain, Armor

Jul 69

Aug 69
Robert E. Camors, Jr.

Captain, Infantry

Sep 69

Oct 69
James Parker
 

Oct 69

Jan 70?
Richard Guthrie

Captain, Infantry

Sep 67

Jan 68
Ron Dennis

Captain, Infantry

Jan 68

Jul 68

John D. Dortch

Captain, Infantry

Jul 68

Jan 69

Jimmie D. Chaney

Captain, Armor

Jan 69

 
 
     
Robert F. Hagen

Captain, Infantry

  Oct 69
Robert E. Camors, Jr.

Captain, Infantry

Oct 69

Aug 70
John Carney
 

Aug 70

 

Herb Randall

Captain, Infantry

Sep 67

Jan 68
Jay Copley

Captain, Infantry

Jan 68

May 68
John Martin

1LT, Infantry

May 68

Jun 68

Myron X. Dummitt

Captain, Armor

Jun 68

Aug 68
Otis D. Ponds Jr.

Captain, Infantry

Aug 68

Jan 69
James Lockhart, Jr

Captain, Infantry

Jan 69

Jul 69
Raymond Jancso

Captain, Infantry

Jun 69

Jan 70
Raymond W. Sarlin

Captain, Armor

Jan 70

May 70
Jim O. Llewellin

Captain, Armor

May 70

Jul 70
Albert E. Vernon, III

Captain, Infantry

Jul 70

Dec 70
Bruce Braun

Captain, Infantry

Nov 67

9 Mar 68
Tom Schroeder

Captain, Infantry

Mar 68

Jul 68
Otis D. Ponds, Jr

Captain, Infantry

Jul 68

Aug 68
Myron X. Dummitt

Captain, Armor

Aug 68

Mar 69
Theodore J. Dennis

Captain, Infantry

Mar 69

Jul 69
Raymond W. Sarlin

Captain, Armor

Jul 69

Oct 69
 
     
 
     
 
     

Note: *Many thanks to Jim Woodall and John Topper for the excellent start to this section. Send proposed additions to the Webmaster.
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