A native of Clevelands Cross Roads, Alabama, Captain Don C. East enlisted in the United States Navy in 1957. Following boot camp, he attended Cryptographic Technician “R” and “T” Branch training at Imperial Beach and March AFB, California. He then served operational tours at Karamursel, Turkey and Bremerhaven, Germany.Continue reading “Remembering Captain Don C. East, USN, (Ret.) (Cryptologist)”
Jay Robert Stoner Private First Class, United States Army
March 6, 1932- July 11, 1953
Purple Heart (posthumous)
Bronze Star Medal with ‘V’ Device (posthumous)
Korean Service Medal with 1 bronze service star United Nations Service Medal
MARINE CORPS COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE
AND THE MARINE CORPS UNIVERSITY
Despite my protest – as far as a serving officer can protest orders – General Gray denied an extension of my tour in Okinawa, and in summer 1988, directed me to report as Director of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College at Quantico, Virginia.
FORMALIZING MY STUDY EFFORTS
When I returned to the States, I assumed command of a Marine Barracks near Jacksonville, Florida. No Marine duty is undemanding when one is the commanding officer; yet, regular hours and no requirement to spend days away on field exercises provided more time for professional study than I had found in earlier assignments.
FINDING A WIDER WORLD OF PROFESSIONAL STUDY
Eight years of varied postings after my second tour in Vietnam – instructor at the U.S. Army’s Institute for Military Assistance, staff officer at Headquarters Marine Corps, battalion and regimental operations officer, and battalion executive officer in the 8th Marines – allowed sufficient free time to continue reading military history.