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Joseph Thomas Palastra , Jr.

Date of birth: November 10, 1931
Date of death: March 3, 2015
Place of Birth: New Hampshire, Portsmouth
Home of record: Portsmouth New Hampshire

Joseph Palastra graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1954. He retired as a U.S. Army General.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Defense Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

The Secretary of Defense of the United States of America has presented the Defense Distinguished Service Medal to General Joseph Thomas Palastra, Jr., United States Army, for exceptionally distinguished performance of duty contributing to national security and the defense of the United States.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Service: Army

Rank: General

Defense Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

The Secretary of Defense of the United States of America has presented a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Defense Distinguished Service Medal to General Joseph Thomas Palastra, Jr., United States Army, for exceptionally distinguished performance of duty contributing to national security and the defense of the United States.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Service: Army

Rank: General

Army Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: General Joseph Thomas Palastra, Jr., United States Army, was awarded the Army Distinguished Service Medal for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished service in a position of great responsibility to the Government of the United States, culminating as Commander in Chief, Forces Command, Fort McPherson, Georgia, from 1987 to 1989.

Action Date: 1987 - 1989

Service: Army

Rank: General

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) Joseph Thomas Palastra, Jr., United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, in the 4th Infantry Division, in the Republic of Vietnam, from 1968 to 1969.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: Vietnam War

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 12th Infantry Regiment

Division: 4th Infantry Division

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) Joseph Thomas Palastra, Jr., United States Army, was awarded the Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services to the Government of the United States as Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, in the 4th Infantry Division, in the Republic of Vietnam, from 1968 to 1969.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: Vietnam War

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel