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Donald Volney Rattan


Donald Rattan graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Class of 1945. He retired as a U.S. Army Major General.

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Army Distinguished Service Medal

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Awarded for actions during the Peace Time Awards

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major General Donald Volney Rattan, 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 as Deputy Commanding General, FIFTH Army, from 1975 to 1979.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: 1975 - 1979

Service: Army

Rank: Major General

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Congo Crisis

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918 (amended by act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Lieutenant Colonel (Infantry) Donald Volney Rattan, United States Army, for gallantry in action while engaged in military operations in the Republic of Vietnam, on 19 August 1964, while serving as Chief Observer of a Mobile Training Team during a violent uprising in the Republic of Congo. Colonel Rattan was participating in a reconnaissance mission with three other members of a joint team when they were suddenly attacked by an overwhelming force of Congolese rebels. Upon sustaining gunfire damage to his vehicle, he immediately directed the members of the team to flee to safety while he remained in his position, acting as a decoy although armed merely with a rifle in opposition to the onslaught of twelve hostile warriors wielding automatic weapons. Despite the extreme danger, he steadfastly covered the withdrawal of the team through two kilometers of hazardous terrain and succeeded in keeping the hostile force pinned down until his associates were hidden safely in the dense bush. Through his determination, indomitable courage, and complete disregard for his own safety to protect the lives of his fellow men, he prevented possible casualties and capture of the team. Colonel Rattan's conspicuous gallantry in action is in the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflects great credit upon himself and the military service.

General Orders: Department of the Army, General Orders No. 40 (December 9, 1965)

Action Date: August 19, 1964

Service: Army

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Division: Mobile Training Team, Republic of Congo

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Colonel (Infantry) Donald Volney Rattan, United States Army, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, in the Republic of Vietnam.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: Vietnam War

Service: Army

Rank: Colonel

Regiment: 1st Brigade

Division: 1st Cavalry Division

Silver Star

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Colonel (Infantry) Donald Volney Rattan, United States Army, was awarded a Second Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Third Award of the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, in the Republic of Vietnam.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: Vietnam War

Service: Army

Rank: Colonel

Regiment: 1st Brigade

Division: 1st Cavalry Division

Legion of Merit

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Colonel (Infantry) Donald Volney Rattan, 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 Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, in the Republic of Vietnam.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: 1967 - 1968

Service: Army

Rank: Colonel

Distinguished Flying Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Colonel (Infantry) Donald Volney Rattan, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight while serving as Commanding Officer, 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, in the Republic of Vietnam.

General Orders: United States Military Academy Register of Graduates

Action Date: 1967 - 1968

Service: Army

Rank: Colonel

Company: Commanding Officer

Regiment: 1st Brigade

Division: 1st Cavalry Division