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  The Signal Corps During The Cold War            The Signal Corps During The Cold War

 The Signal Corps During The Korean War        The Signal Corps During The Korean War

 The Signal Corps During The Vietnam War       The Signal Corps During The Vietnam War

  Hey! That's My Money!

The story of Ulysses S. Grant's fight to regain his pension. Reproduced from our March 2012 Home Page.


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In October of 1994, several graduates of Signal Corps Officer Candidate School and myself attended a reunion of the U.S. Army Signal Corps OCS Association. It was a fledgling organization that basically represented one Vietnam era class.

Although in existence for 3 years, it had not advanced beyond the initial organizational efforts. By the end of that meeting several of us from other classes found ourselves elected to the board of directors and appointed to several other positions in the Association.

Enroute home, I realized that I knew nothing about the history of Signal Corps OCS, and soon discovered that the Army knew little about it as well. Calling on all those who were committed to making this Association work, we began the task of building the organization.

Starting at Fort Gordon by going through a basement full of boxes, the early Association members were able to acquire graduation programs and senior review rosters. This provided a start to determine who were the 2,300 graduates and some of the cadre of the (Fort Gordon, GA) Vietnam era program.

Others folks began working on a newsletter (called: "SIGNALS"), re-organizing the Secretary/Treasurer's Office, and writing and clarifying the by-laws of the Association, all while planning on the beginning of a national reunion to be held every October.

We made contact with a few Korean War graduates, one of whom was able to contribute a listing of the names of the men who graduated from the Fort Monmouth, NJ program. Further efforts revealed that there were 1,234 graduates in the 1952-1953 Korean War program.

Almost by accident we learned of the World War II Signal OCS program at Fort Monmouth. We were shocked to discover that there were 21,033 WW II graduates, and that no one had a list of them.

By Reunion 1995 we had approximately 300 people present or accounted for—graduates and cadre. By Reunion 1996 we had 1,400 people present or accounted for.

Now a real locator effort was mounted. In 1997 and 1998, by begging each person we located for any orders they had, we identified 12,740 graduates and cadre.

At Reunion 1997 that number was up to 3,300 and the rosters, and by the 1998 reunion we listed over 4,600 graduates and cadre (including 960 deceased). By January of 2002 there were 13,100 present or accounted for, which included 5,800 located and 7,300 reported as deceased. Over 100 of those deceased were KIAs - most of them killed in World War II.

In addition to locating or accounting for graduates, the Association has been in touch with 700 surviving family members. Nearly 12,000 more to find.

Now, in January 2002, the Association has grown to 1097 members with 382 of those signed on as Life members. Some military members of note are LTG (R) Emmett Page Jr., class 10-52 (former Assistant Secretary of Defense); LTG (R) Harold A. Kissinger, class 35-44; LTG (R) Thomas M. Rienzi, WW II Tac; LTG (R) Robert E. Gray, class 7-66 (former Deputy CG USAREUR); MG (R) Jack Albright, class 5-42; MG (R) William B. Latta, WW II Tac; MG (R) John E. Hoover, WW II Instructor; MG (R) Gerard P. Brohm, class 15-67; MG (R) David R. Gust, class 25-67 (PEO for IEW systems at Ft Monmouth); MG (R) Robert L. Nabors, class 23-67; plus 11 BGs, 322 Colonels (R), 656 LTCs, 454 Majors, 102 Captains, etc. on the roster. In addition, those who chose civilian life after their graduation and service are also an illustrious group from all walks of life.

Until this Association was formed, these men who served their country with honor and valor had been forgotten. Our purpose is to identify, locate and reunite them, to restore old friendships and to create new ones.

Furthermore, we seek to restore the history of Signal Corps OCS and to honor all those who may or may not have died in war. The deceased members that have been accounted for were honored at a memorial service conducted by one of our own. That memorial service is now a permanent part of the reunion activities. It has bonded this Association together, and we are enthusiastic in continuing this commitment.

In truth, except for those who participated, the country and the service had forgotten the Signal OCS program and the contributions made by those who were commissioned after the most grueling training known. We believe the OCS graduates deserve better.

This Association intends to ensure that the U.S. Army Signal Corps OCS program is remembered, and that the graduates and cadre are recognized for serving their country so well.

Richard A. Green, Major (Ret)

Army Signal Corps OCS History - Ft. Monmouth. An interesting and brief history compiled by Major Green about how the Signal Corps OCS program got started at Fort Monmouth. Well worth reading.

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Communications - Electronics 1962 - 1970. An extensive history of the Army Signal Corps in Vietnam, this treatise was written by Major General Thomas Matthew Rienzi, and is titled Communications - Electronics 1962 - 1970. It's an excellent document, and well worth a few hours of your time perusing it. If you are a Viet Nam vet, you can search the file for those sites and fire bases you were posted to, and read about how they got there, their purpose, and lots more. Enjoy. We who served under General Rienzi are indebted to him for his effort in writing this book.

The 516th Signal Group & STRATCOM. During the Vietnam War most Signal OCS graduates left OCS for a short posting in Europe or the US where they could get their feet wet for a few months as a new platoon leader, before being sent on to Viet Nam to do their real duty.

Most, but not all. Some of the newly minted Signal Lieutenants found themselves being sent to Europe... permanently. Among those that got to stay in Europe, instead of just passing through on their way to Viet Nam, were those who were posted to the 516th Signal Group, STRATCOM - Europe.

The 516th Signal Group was one of those marriages of convenience that brought several units together to solve a big problem the Army was facing during a critical time of change. Originally made up of only 9 units (e.g. 17th Sig Bn, 29th Sig Bn, 447th Sig Bn, and a few others) the 516th Signal Group eventually grew to include some 57 units (if every company and detachment is counted) by 1967.  For those who are "military unit designation challenged," the 516th Signal Group should not be confused with the 516th Signal Brigade.

Headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany, the 516th provided communication capabilities to such critical pieces of the U.S. Military as the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Click the flashing button top left to read a bit more about this important piece of the Signal Corps, a unit involved in passing some of the highest classified data and communication that existed at that time, while working steadfastly to make sure that the Soviets didn't sneak up on America while America's focus was on Viet Nam.

The Cambodia Campaign - The Reality Of Combat Signal Operations. Back in 1970 Nixon finally got fed up with the NVA using the Ho Chi Minh and Sihanouk trails as staging routes for incursions into South Vietnam and authorized what became known as the Cambodia Campaign (or Cambodia Incursion… depending on whether you were a hawk back then or a liberal). Centered around a series of short, spirited engagements, the Cambodia Campaign sent a bunch of RVN and US troops over the border into Cambodia to clean house, after which they were promptly removed. The story of this campaign, what it accomplished and how it could have ended the war if our commanders and the politicians back then had a set of brass monkeys is covered in this short article. Seen from the perspective of a young Signal Corps Second Lieutenant, it makes one wonder how our government leaders can still be missing the point as to what it takes to win the wars they so blithely get us into.

Part I – 1966 - The War Begins In Earnest. Considering that the U.S. had "advisors" in Vietnam since 1954, it was perhaps inevitable that when the French fell on their sword the U.S. would step in. Still, although many think of the Vietnam War as beginning much earlier, things didn't really get underway until 1966... when a group of units commanded by aggressive commanders decided that by damn, if this war is going to be fought, then let's get busy at it. This historical piece tells the story of that period, and the Signal Corps' involvement in it.

  Part II – 1966 - The Earnest Days Continue. If you read Part I above, then you know how aggressive and creative the Signal Corps had to be to make sure that when U.S. Military combatants needed to talk they had the ability to do so. Vietnam, unlike any war before it except perhaps for the combat operations that took place during WWII in the jungles of the South Pacific, tested the whole idea of communication in ways it had never been tested before. Debilitating geographic and climatic conditions, new forms of communications, new forms of combat that saw entire units relocated by air within hours, and then relocated again a few hours later, all combined to force the Signal Corps to think outside of the box. This story tells of that thinking, and how the Signal Corps employed good old American ingenuity to solve the problem.

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We need your help. You may have information in your personal files that is needed and could help us find those candidates who today have not been located. Click here to see a list of WWII Candidates we have not been able to locate  Unlocated OCS Candidates

Please send the material to the following address:

            Richard Green
            190 SW Wren Court
            Lake City, FL 32025 

Also, consider becoming a Class Coordinator. Each class needs more than one in order to keep track of everyone.

Finally, without your attendance at the reunions, we are not a complete Association. For information on the next reunion, click on the Reunion Info link in the left margin, or contact me, Richard Green, by email, or by phone: (386) 752-6950.

Please plan to join with your fellow candidates at the annual reunions. This is your Association, take full advantage of it.

Thank you,
Richard A. Green, Major (Ret)
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