U.S. Army Major William E. Ulmer
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“Retired U.S. Army Major William E. Ulmer was born in Emmett, Idaho, in 1941 and later graduated from Emmett High School in 1960. He attended basic training in the summer of 1960 at Fort Ord, California. He joined the Idaho National Guard following basic training at the Emmett Armory. In 1961, the Emmett National Guard unit was deployed to Fort Lewis Washington, during the Cuban Missle Crisis.
Upon returning from Fort Lewis, Bill attended the Idaho National Guard Officer Training School in Boise and continued in the National Guard. In 1967, Ulmer enlisted in the U.S. Army and attended Officer Training School in Aberdeen, Maryland, at Aberdeen Proving Grounds. Second Lieutenant Ulmer was then selected to go to Vietnam in 1967 at Long Binh, which was used as an Army Logistics Center; he was promoted to First Lieutenant while in Long Binh. After returning to stateside, Ulmer moved his family to Fort Lee Virginia where he was stationed in 1968-1969 and was promoted to Captain. Captain Ulmer moved to Edgewood, Maryland, at was stationed at Edgewood Arsenal from 1969 to 1970.
Captain Ulmer then fulfilled his second tour of duty in Vietnam stationed in Cam Ranh Bay from 1970 to 1971. After his second tour of duty, Captain Ulmer returned to the East Coast living in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and working at the Washington D.C. National Guard Center from 1972-1973. As the United States pulled troops out of Vietnam, Captain Ulmer was stationed at Rock Island Arsenal in Illinois from 1973 to 1977. Captain Ulmer finished his Army service in 1977 and kept his military status active through the Florida National Guard after moving to Tampa Florida in 1978. He later became active in the U.S. Army again in Florida working as a Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) for the Florida National Guard in Palmetto from 1990 until his retirement in 2001.
An oak leaf cluster (OLC) on US medals indicates an additional award of the same medal. Thus one oak leaf cluster on a medal indicates the wearer has been awarded the same medal twice. He served our country proudly for two tours of duty in Vietnam where he earned dozens of honors including The Bronze Star with OLC, Army Commendation Medal with 2OLC, Army Achievement with 3OLC, and Vietnam Campaign Medal with 6 Stars.
Captain Bill, as he liked to be called, was very active in youth sports, coaching, and organizing baseball, football, and basketball teams. He coached three sports in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, baseball and football in Scott County, Iowa, and football in the Tampa Youth Football League. In Tampa, he later became President of the League, responsible for putting in the same turf for the Tampa Youth Fields that went into Tampa Stadium.”
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