Samuel Edward Seetin Jr.
Age: 76 of Jonesboro
Education: BA from St. Benedict’s college 1971; MA from Webster University 1976
Family: Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, the oldest of five. Father was an aide to a general as the Army was mobilizing during the Louisiana maneuvers for war in the “Greatest Generation.” Attended 12 schools before graduating high school in Napa, California.
Career: 23 years military and 30 years as an army civilian military. Served as a regular Army mortar gunner, radio operator, Morse Code operator, cryptographer and teletype operator in the 101st Airborne Division and 7th Special Forces Group. Promoted to sergeant before returning to college. Attended Officer Candidate School in 1965 then was assigned to 3rd Special Forces group then onto 5th Special Forces group in Vietnam. Served as an executive officer and commander of an A Team seeing combat. Reassigned to HQ Company Special Warfare Center, Ft. Bragg, as a commander. Reassigned to Korea as commander of B Company 1-38 Infantry, 2d Infantry Division on the demilitarized zone. Then assigned to 1st Infantry Division as a regular Army signal officer. Later, assigned to USA Troop Support Command on the general staff. Reassigned to USA Communications Command as a commander and S-4 supply officer. Served on the Readiness Command, a unified command Joint Planning and Execution Group as a signal officer. Served as a commander and staff officer in the 813th Combat Construction Engineer Battalion in Alaska before being assigned to the Pentagon as special operations forces crisis action officer in the Army Operations Center. Deployed to Saudi Arabia as the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Materiel and Services, 22d Support Command. Returned to Fort Bragg, N.C., as Chief, USA Special Operation Materiel Management Center before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Awards: Legion of Merit, two Bronze stars, one for valor, MSM, Air Medal, five Commendation Medals, one for valor, various campaign ribbons, Combat Infantry Badge and Senior Parachutist.