Jerry Colvin, 75 died Wednesday, September 23, 2009
in Paris, Tennessee. His wife, Mary Lou Geis Colvin, survives. Born
September 19, 1934, in St Louis, he was the son of Effie Avery
Colvin of Paris and the late Fayette Colvin. A career U.S. Army
veteran, Colvin served for 29 years, retiring as a major. He served
in the Korean War and two tours of duty in the Vietnam War. He also
leaves two daughters, two sons, seven grandchildren and three
great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the First United
Methodist Church Food Pantry, 101 E. Blythe Street, Paris,
[The Gazette, Colorado Springs, CO, Oct. 2, 2009]
[courtesy of K Allen]
Grave marker for
Gerald F. Colvin in Memorial Cemetery, Paris (Henry county),
Gerald F. Colvin,
24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fayette E. Colvin of 102 Hillside St., is a
member of the 2nd Armored Division in Germany. A
squad leader in Co. 4 of the division's 42nd Inf Bn., Sgt Colvin
entered the Army in 1950. He arrived in Europe for this tour of duty
in 1955. The sergeant holds the Purple Heart and the Combat
Infantryman Badge among his decorations. He attended Bennington High
School. His wife, Jeannine, is with him in Germany.
04 Feb 1957, Mon, Page
Gerald F. Colvin Ends Jump Course
FORT BENNING, GA.·-- Army Sgt. 1.C. Gerald F. Colvin, son of and
Mrs. Fayette I. Colvin, has completed the four-week-airborne course
at the infantry; School, Fort Benning, GA.
. Sergeant Colvin qualified as a· parachutist and received training in
the duties of a jumpmaster.
He entered the Army in 1949.
Banner, Bennington, VT,
06 Mar 1961, Mon, Page
Sgt Colvin Gets Vietnam Honor
Sgt 1.C. Gerald F. Colvin, 30, wose wife, Jeannine, lives at 100 Barber
St., Bennington, received the Vietnamese Cross of Valor from the
Republic of Vietnam, while assigned to the Army element of the U.S.
Advisory Group, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV), July 4.
MACV is an Army - Navy-Marine · Air Force organization which
advises and assists the armed forces of the Republic of Vietnam on
training, use of equipment and tactical operations.
Sgt. Colvin entered the Army in 1949 and arrived In Vietnam in
March of this year on his present tour of duty.
The sergeant, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fayette I. Colvin of North Branch
Street Extension, attended Bennington High School.
Banner, Bennington, VT,
24 Jul 1964, Fri, Page
Colvin to Receive Bronze Star in Viet Nam
M.Sgt. Gerald F. Colvin of Bennington, one of 28 United States
special airborne troop advisors in Viet Nam and one of three in this
group In the famed Airborne Brigade who has earned the right to wear
the distinctive red beret and an equally distinctive camouflage
suit, is scheduled to receive the Bronze Star in the Far East this
Word to this effect was received by his wife, Jeannine, who with
their three children, resides at 100 Barber St. and by his parents,
Mr. and Mrs. Fayette Colvin of North branch Street Extension.
The master sergeant is a veteran of the Korean Conflict and holds
the Purple Heart after being seriously wounded in action there.
A graduate of jump school,
and the language school at Monterey, Calif., he was attached
to the training company at West Point Military Academy prior to
leaving the states.
A story last week in the Boston Record American by the paper's
correspondent, Bill McSweeny, is devoted to the famed Airborne
Brigade, and calls attention to the three advisors, all from New
England, entitled to wear the red beret.
At the time he interviewed one of the advisors, he said Sgt. Colvin
and the other red beret advisor were "off on operations." The
Bennington man was pictured with a soldier during a mission In Viet
Nam Dec. 30.
McSweeny writes that the red beret and camouflage suit are the
proudest possessions of the brigade and adds that "even on black
market the only thing you can't buy Is an Airborne uniform or a red
beret -- it has to be earned." U.S. advisors are given two
uniforms when they arrive. That is their uniform in South Viet Nam.
The writer continues: of the few people who have earned it (the red
beret) three are from New England. There are 28 U.S. Airborne.
so three out of 28 is a pretty good percentage, particularly when
you consider that this unit is so selective that .they hand pick
their advisors before they leave the United States.
M.Sgt. Colvin received the Vietnamese Cross of Valor last July 4.
McSweeny said he was most Impressed with advisory personnel. The
Airborne Brigade is the only unit in Viet Nam which is completely
volunteer. The six battalions of the AB are the oldest units of the
Republic of Viet Nam and they celebrated their ninth anniversary
recently. That number is only from the date of the formation of
South Viet Nam. Actually the AB has been In battle since 1945.
The other two advisors entitled to wear the red beret are a captain
from Rehoboth, Mass., and a master sergeant from Waltham, Mass.
[Bennington Banner, Bennington, VT, 06 Jan 1965,
Wed. Page 16]
Nam Gl To Get Medal
M.Sgt. Gerald F. Colvin of Bennington, one of the 28 U.S. special
airborne troop advisors in Viet Nam will receive the Bronze Star
Medal there this week his wife and family have been informed.
He received the Vietnamese Cross of Valor last July as a member of
the Airborne Brigade, the only unit in Viet which is completely
volunteer. He also has the Purple Heart for wounds received in
Dispatches from Viet Nam say that Colvin is one of three in the
famed brigade who the red beret, symbol of top excellence.
Times Record, Troy, NY,
07 Jan 1965, Thu. Page
Colvin Is Promoted To Sergeant Major
M. Sgt. Gerald F. Colvin was promoted to the grade of sergeant
major. He is the son Mr. and Mrs. Fayette Colvin North Branch Street
Extension. His wife Is the former Jeannine Garceau, who with their
four children, resides at 100 Barber St.
The sergeant major has previously served in Korea and Viet Nam.
He was seriously wounded while In Korea and received the Purple
Heart. He has been awarded the combat infantry badge twice, the
bronze star with a' cluster, and two Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
He also wears the Ranger tab and the parachutist badge. He Is
currently stationed at the' Army Reserve Center In Batavia, N.Y,
The sergeant major Is a newly created rank In the Army.
Banner, Bennington, VT.
Aug 1966, Tue,
Gerald Colvin Promoted to Captain
FORT BENNING, GA --- A soldier, Gerald F. Collvn of Bennington, Vt.,
who entered the army at 14 and subsequently became one of the
youngest sergeants-major at the age of 31, received a direct
commission with rank of captain in a ceremony Nov, 15 at Fort
An instructor in combat intelligence at Fort Benning's Ranger Camp in
Florida, Capt. Colvln is a graduate of the infantry School airborne
and ranger courses. He is scheduled lo take course here before
joining the advanced infantry training brigade at Fort McClellan,
After attending the military assistance training advisor course at
the Special Warfare Center at Fort Bragg, N.C., and studying at the
Defense Language Institute at Monterey, Calif., Colvin was assigned
as an advisor to the Vietnamese Airborne Brigade, 1st Airborne
Battalion in 1964 and 1965.
In addition to his tour in Vietnam, Colvin served with the 2nd Inf
Div , 38th inf, Regt., in Korea. He was a platoon
sergeant with the 2nd Armored Division, 50th Inf., In Germany from
1955 to 1957. He went back to Germany In 1959 and served a year with
the 21st Inf., 24th Div.
Colvin's experience as an instructor and advisor includes a tour
with the U.S. Military Academy, where he taught the RECONDO
(modified ranger training) course.
The captain's decorations include two awards of the Combat
Infantryman badge, two Bronze star medals with "V" device, the Army
Commendation medal, the Purple Heart, six awards of the Good Conduct
medal, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, the Vietnamese Fourragére,
Master Parachutist Wings and Vietnamese Jumpmaster Wings.
Capt. Colvln. a graduate of Bennington High School, Is the son of
Mr. and Mrs. Fayette Colvin. His wife is the former Jeannine Carceau,
They formerly lived on Barber Street, Bennington, with their three
children, Mark, Kevin and Cheryl.
[Bennington Banner, Bennington, VT, 27 Nov 1968,
Wed • Page 3]