Farewell to a True Patriot, CSM William T. Mixon, US Army Retired

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Farewell to a True Patriot, CSM William T. Mixon, US Army Retired

CSM William T. Mixon, US Army Retired

Courtesy of Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home

 

OI1439751710_MixonWTAdvanceBorn: Tuesday, January 15, 1929
Died: Saturday, January 11, 2014

Command Sergeant Major (Retired) William T. Mixon (1929-2014)

Command Sergeant Major William T. Mixon was born in Vidalia, Georgia on January 15, 1929. He died January 11, 2014 in West Palm Beach Florida at the Veterans Administration Hospital. CSM Mixon entered the Army in 1948 and completed 35 years of service in the Army retiring at Fort Bragg, North Carolina as the Command Sergeant Major of XVIII Airborne Corps. During his 35 year career he held numerous positions of increasing responsibility including Sergeant Major of the U.S. Army Ranger Department, Command Sergeant Major U.S. Army Infantry Center,

Command Sergeant Major 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam and Command Sergeant Major U.S. Army Alaska. He served 31 years on parachute status completing more than 1500 military static line parachute jumps. Command Sergeant Major Mixon served in combat during the Korean War with the 3d Infantry Division where he participated in the Inchon Landing and fought in the Chosen Reservoir Operations. He served a total of 18 months in combat during the Korean War. He also served two one year tours during the Vietnam War with the 101st Airborne Division including service as the 101st Airborne Division Command Sergeant Major from 1969-1970.

He participated in numerous operations such as Operation Hawthorne, Junction City, and other combat operations including a parachute drop at Kontoon, Vietnam. During the Cuban missile crisis, he was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone where his unit was poised for contingency airborne operations associated with that historic period of American history.

After his retirement from active duty in 1983, he worked for Mutual of New York Life Insurance Company in Fayetteville, North Carolina and managed his own business. He was chosen by President Reagan to serve on the National Veterans Cemetery Board. He also served on the advisory board of the Association of the United States Army, Braxton Bragg Chapter, and the Counsel of Trustees Association of the United States Army, Washington D.C. He was a member of the Masonic Blue Lodge with a 3d degree and 50 years of service. He also was a member of the Scottish Rite with a 32d degree.

CSM Mixon was recognized as a premier sports official and was a member North Carolina Athletic Association. His awards and honors include Legion of Merit (2 awards), Bronze Star, Air Medal (44 awards and 1 with V device), Korean War and Vietnam War Service Medals and Combat Infantryman Badge with star. He earned the Master Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, and Expert Infantryman Badge. He is a member of the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame, Ranger Training Brigade Hall of Fame, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division Hall of Fame and the U.S. Infantry Center Dough Boy Award. He was honored with the Association of the United States Army William G. Bainbridge Award and the Presidential Medal for his service to the Association. CSM Mixon is survived by his wife of 63 years Mary Winefred Mixon.

He has three children LTG (R) Benjamin R. Mixon, Sarah Jane Forsythe and Betty Jean Davidson. He has six grandchildren, Michael, Ashlee, Kortney, Adrienne, Amanda and Charles. He has four great grandchildren Mary Charlotte, Frederick, Eliza, and James. He is survived by his sister Mamie Turner. CSM Mixon was preceded by his mother and father Tracy and Cora, brothers Grady, Lamar, John and sister Josephine Rogers.

The funeral Service will be held in the chapel of Ronald V. Hall Funeral Home at 310 North Street West, Vidalia, Georgia beginning at 3 PM January 18, 2014. Burial will follow in Lakeview Memorial Gardens with Military Honors.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home beginning at 1 PM on Saturday.

In lieu flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or the National Kidney Foundation.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2013 AUSA FORT BRAGG FAMILY OF THE YEAR – THE WENTLING FAMILY

 

130903-A-NQ409-068Fort Bragg, N.C.  – Spc. Matthew Wentling, right, his wife Marrisa, left, and their children, Kaleb and Marisol will be recognized as the Association of the United States Army 2013 Volunteer Family of the Year during the Annual AUSA Conference in Washington D.C. this October. Matthew, who serves with the 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, and his family were nominated by the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. April D. de Armas, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs) 

  

82nd CABFORT BRAGG, N.C. – Capt. Amanda Maben and 1st Sgt. Donald K. Atkins, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, presents a coin to Kaleb Wentling, April 30, during a ceremony honoring the Month of the Military Child. The celebration is to recognize the contributions that the military child makes as their parent or parents serve our nation. Kaleb is the son of Spc. Matthew Wentling, 3-82 GSAB, and Marrisa Wentling. The Wentling family will be recognized as the 2013 Association of the United State Army Volunteer Family of the Year at the annual AUSA Conference in Washington, D.C., this October. The Award recognizes an exceptional Army family whose dedicated volunteer service significantly contributes to improving Army well-being and the well-being of the local community. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. April D. de Armas, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs) 

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Fort Bragg, N.C. – Marrisa Wentling, Family Readiness Volunteer for the 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, shows off a greeting card created by her daughter’s Brownies troop to add to care boxes for deployed Soldiers, April 30. The Wentling family will be recognized as the 2013 Association of the United State Army Volunteer Family of the Year during the annual AUSA Conference  in Washington, D.C., this October. The Award recognizes an exceptional Army family whose dedicated volunteer service significantly contributes to improving Army well-being and the well-being of the local community. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. April D. de Armas, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs) 

130612-A-NQ409-025Fort Bragg, N.C. – Marisol Wentling right, helps Staff Sgt. Jennifer Churchill, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, prepare a sweet treat at an ice cream social held for troopers, June 12. Marisol is the daughter of Spc. Matthew Wentling, 3-82 General Support Aviation, and Marrisa Wentling. The Wentling family will be recognized as the 2013 Association of the United States Army Volunteer Family of the Year during the annual AUSA Conference in Washington, D.C., this October. The Award recognizes an exceptional Army family whose dedicated volunteer service significantly contributes to improving Army well-being and the well-being of the local community. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. April D. de Armas, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

 

130430-A-NQ409-064Fort Bragg, N.C.  – Spc. Matthew Wentling, 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, helps his son Kaleb accept a certificate presented by Capt. Amanda Maben and 1st Sgt. Donald K. Atkins, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3-82GSAB, during a ceremony honoring the Month of the Military Child, April 30. Wentling and his family were the winners of the 2013 Association of the United States Army Volunteer Family of the Year Award. The Award recognizes an exceptional Army family whose dedicated volunteer service significantly contributes to improving Army well-being and the well-being of the local community. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. April D. de Armas, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

 

130425-A-EM852-058Fort Bragg, N.C. – Marrisa Wentling receives a certificate of achievement from 82nd Airborne Division Commander Maj. Gen. John W. Nicholson and Command Sgt. Maj. LaMarquis Knowles in honor of the many hours she has donated during her time with the All American Division in a ceremony at the division chapel, April 25. Wentling, her husband, Spc. Matthew Wentling, of the 3rd General Support Aviation Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, and their children, Marisol and Kaleb will be recognized as the Association of the United States Army Volunteer Family of the Year during the Annual AUSA Conference in Washington D.C. this October. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. April Campbell, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade Public Affairs)

 

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