Vintage Berkshire Deluxe US Army military officer dress green uniform cap/cover/hat. Includes original provenance. Owned by Louis Lee Mizell, who had a long and distinguished military career. Dates from the 1960s.
Louis Lee Mizell was born March 13, 1931 at Oshkosh, NE. He enlisted in the Army in 1948 and was sent to Ft. Ord, CA for basic training and then more training followed at Ft. Story, VA to drive amphibious trucks. He was then sent to Guam for a year where he was a personnel clerk and a bonded driver. Returning to the US, he was sent to Ft. Riley, KS, then to Ft. Carson, Co where he was a Supply Sgt. From there, he returned to Ft. Riley to attend Officers Candidate School where he was commissioned a second Lieutenant in the Army Medical Service Corps. His next duty station was at Ft. Sam Houston, TX where he attended officer’s basic training. Following that training he was assigned to Camp Atterbury, IN as Medical Supply Officer in the 31st Dixie Division. After a year he was sent to Germany in 1953 as part of the Occupation Forces. In 1955, he returned to Ft. Riley KS for a short time and then was sent to Ft. Rucker, AL for training as a helicopter pilot.
Following flight training. Louis was assigned to helicopter ambulance units at San Antonio, Korea, Germany, Vietnam where he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, the Air Medal for Valor and 12 Oak Leaf Clusters, and numerous other awards. His final duty post was back to Ft. Riley where he retired in 1969 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
After retirement they, he was employed by Great Western Helicopters, which was located at Tacoma Industrial Airport as the Manager and Chief Pilot. The company contracted with the National Forest Service to fight forest fires and also did some work in positioning radio towers and installing air conditioners on building roofs.
After two years, he left that job and attended the University of Puget Sound to complete his degree in Business and Accounting under the GI Bill. During this time, he flew part time for Transcontinental Logging and Export Company at Boeing Field.
Louis was a lifetime member of Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, The University of Washington Alumni Association, the Military Officers Association of America, the Dustoff Association for pilots who flew Medical Evacuation Mission in combat, the Solo Pilots Association for pilots who flew medical evacuation missions in Korea with no flight crew, evacuating patients in helicopters with litter pods on the outside.
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