Stephen Silvasy Jr.

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Stephen Silvasy Jr.
Stephen Silvasy Jr MGEN.jpeg
Born (1941-10-24) October 24, 1941 (age 76)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1963–1998
Rank Major General
Commands held United States Army Pacific
Battles/wars Dominican Civil War
Vietnam War
Invasion of Grenada
Awards Defense Distinguished Service Medal (2)
Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star (2)
Legion of Merit (5)
Soldier's Medal
Bronze Star Medal (3)
Purple Heart

Stephen Silvasy Jr. (born October 24, 1941) was a major general in the United States Army who served as acting commander of United States Army Pacific in 1996. He is an alumnus of the US Military Academy and US Naval Postgraduate School. He also received military education at the Armed Forces Staff College and US Army War College.[1][2]


Silvasy saw combat duty in three different countries. From 1964 to 1965 he participated in the US intervention in the Dominican Republic with the 82nd Airborne Division. From 1966 to 1967 he served with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. In 1983 he was back with the 82nd Airborne for the invasion of Grenada.

As a young Lieutenant Colonel Silvasy was stationed in Korea between 1976 and 1978 as Battalion Commander of the 1/32nd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division with forward base at Camp Howze.[3][4] The 1/32nd Infantry was a Congressional approved combat unit for the Demilitarized Zone. Called "Buccaneers", these elite soldiers (air borne, infantry, rangers, special forces and others) of the unit wore a yellow arrowhead (spearhead) on the left pocket side of their uniforms signifying the tip of the point. Under the leadership of Silvasy neither the heat of summer nor the frigid cold of winter stopped "Buccaneers" from patrolling the DMZ halting any North Korean Commandos from infiltrating into South Korea. Before the unit temporarily disbanded on 28 May 1978 under the orders of President Jimmy Carter, Silvasy served with Richard A. Kidd who ultimately became the Ninth Sergeant Major of the Army.[5]

Some of Silvasy's key duty assignments were as Director of the Operational Plans and Interoperability Directorate for the Joint Staff at the Pentagon. In Korea he served as Assistant Chief of Staff for the UN Command in Seoul. He also served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Doctrine and Development with the US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) in Fort Monroe, Virginia. He was also Deputy Commanding General of US Army Pacific prior to his stint as commander.[6]

Awards and decorations[edit]

Combat Infantry Badge.svg Combat Infantryman Badge
Ranger Tab.svg Ranger tab
Master Parachutist badge (United States).svg Master Parachutist Badge
Joint Chiefs of Staff seal.svg Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge
United States Army Staff Identification Badge.png Army Staff Identification Badge
325InfRegtDUI.png 325th Infantry Regiment Distinctive Unit Insignia
Thai Parachutist Badge
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Defense Distinguished Service Medal with one bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Distinguished Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Silver Star
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Legion of Merit with four oak leaf clusters
Soldier's Medal
"V" device, brass.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Bronze Star Medal with "V" device and two oak leaf clusters
Purple Heart ribbon.svg Purple Heart
Defense Meritorious Service Medal
Meritorious Service Medal
Air Medal
Bronze oakleaf-3d.svgBronze oakleaf-3d.svg Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
Meritorious Unit Commendation
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal with one bronze service star
Bronze star
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with service star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
Vietnam Service Medal with four service stars
Army Service Ribbon
Award numeral 2.png Army Overseas Service Ribbon with bronze award numeral 2
Gold star
Vietnam Gallantry Cross with gold star
Cheon-Su Security Medal Ribbon.png Order of National Security Merit, Cheon-Su Medal (Republic of Korea)
Ordre national du Merite Officier ribbon.svg French National Order of Merit, Officer
GER Bundeswehr Honour Cross Gold ribbon.svg Bundeswehr Gold Cross of Honor
Gallantry Cross Unit Citation.png Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Vietnam Campaign Medal


 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "[3]".