24129-1962 memorial-photo

William A. Cauthen, Jr-  Born into a career Army family in 1939, Bill spent his early years moving with his family to various Army Posts.  After High School, Bill attended The Citadel.  One year later he accepted an appointment to the US Military Academy at West Point, NY.  Graduating as a Field Artillery 2d LT, Bill soon found himself in the Republic of Viet Nam where he served two tours.  One tour was with the 101st Airborne Division and second, with the 82d Airborne Division. His military schooling included the Field Artillery Officer’s Advanced Course, the Command and General Staff College, and a Masters degree in Journalism from the University of Alabama.  Over his 20 years of military service Bill served in numerous  Field Artillery command and staff positions both in the US and in Germany.  His Journalism degree ultimately led to Bill’s selection as the editor of the “Field Artillery Journal”, a serious, professional magazine.  His last assignment was as the Public Affairs Officer for Fort Jackson, SC.  He retired in 1962 as a LTC. Among his military decoration are the Legion of merit, 2 Bronze Stars, 2 Meritorious Service Medals, 2 Air Medals, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, 2 Army Commendation Medals, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and the Vietnamese Medal of Honor. Bill Cauthen passed away in 2012.  He was an outstanding soldier, a true friend, and a loving husband and father.