US PARAS Zais, Melvin

Service: A Navy Seal at War
By Marcus Luttrell, James D. Hornfischer

John Robertson

Administrator
Staff member
  • SURNAME
Zais
  • FORENAME
Melvin
  • UNIT
517 Parachute Infantry Regiment (C.O. 3 Bn and Regimental XO)
  • RANK
Lieutenant Colonel
  • NUMBER
  • AWARD
Legion of Merit,Silver Star,Bronze Star,Croix de Guerre avec palme (Fr)
  • PLACE
Europe
  • ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
born 8.5.1916 Fall River,Massachusetts
graduated University of New Hampshire 1937 (B.A.)
commissioned 2Lt,USAR 1937
517 PIR in WW2
graduated US Command and General Staff College
graduated Armed Forces Staff College
graduated National War College
Brigadier General 1.6.1964
Commander,1st Infantry Division,US Army,Vietnam 1966
Director of Individual Training,Office,Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel,US Army,
Washington,D.C. 1966-68
Major General 1.5.1967
Commanding General,101st Airborne Division (Airmobile),US Army,Vietnam 1968-69
Lieutenant General 1.8.1969
Commanding General,XXIV Corps,US Army,Vietnam 1969-70
Director for Operations,J-3,Organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,Washington,D.C. 1970-72
Commanding General 3rd Army 1972-73
General 13.7.1973
Commanding General,Allied Land Forces,Southeast Europe,Turkey August 1973
retired 1973
award D.S.M. with 3 oak leaf clusters,Silver Star with oak leaf cluster,Legion of Merit with 2 oak leaf clusters,D.F.C. with oak leaf cluster,Bronze Star
died 7.5.1981
 
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