Happy Veterans Day

I’m a little late in posting this, I know, but yesterday I was busy trying to be what this man below was and is and always has been to me, a father.

To my favorite veteran, Major General John Henderson Mitchell, “The General”, my dad, my hero. Here’s a shot of him some 5o years ago on his tour in Korea. And below that is a little bio I found from his honorary doctorate he received from his alma mater St. Bonaventure.

Thank you to all of our veterans out there now and forever. Love you, dad.

Major General John H. Mitchell graduated from St. Bonaventure University receiving a BA in Business Administration and an ROTC commission in 1956. He also received a Masters in Public Administration in 1973. In 1957, he graduated from the Field Artillery Basic Course and in 1963 the Advanced Course, both at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma. At Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, he completed the US Army Command and General Staff College in 1968. He later completed the US Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, in 1973.

General Mitchell served in a variety of command and staff positions to include Commander, 8th Battalion, 6th Artillery, 1st Infantry Division, Vietnam in 1968; Chief, Officer Assignments, Field Artillery Branch, Officer Personnel Directorate in Washington, D.C.; G1 for the 8th Division 1973-1975; Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, Headquarters, US Army Europe and Seventh Army in Heidelberg; Division Artillery Commander and Chief of Staff, 1st Infantry Division at Ft. Riley, Kansas, Commander; Field Command, Defense Nuclear Agency, Kirkland Air Force Base, New Mexico. Selected for promotion to Major General, he assumed duties as Director of Human Resources Development Office, Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel, US Army, Washington, D.C. ; United States Command, Berlin; and Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff, Army.

His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf and V, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, and the Distinguished Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Army Commendation Medal with V. Device and with Oak Leaf Cluster. He was promoted to Major General on 1 October 1982.

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