Interview by Daniel Mack
February 18, 2013


Joseph Earl Herndon was born on October 13, 1934 in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He served for 30 years in the U.S. Army. He also served during the Cold War and achieved the rank E06 Staff Colonel. He is recognized today with numerous awards and recognition for his service.

About Joseph Earl Herndon

Colonel Joseph Earl Herndon retired from the Army on March 31st, 1987 after 30 years of service. He joined the army in 1957 and was commissioned in the Medical Service Corps as an environmental engineer. After attending AMEDD, the basic medical department course, in San Antonio Texas, he was assigned Munich, Germany. After that he was moved to Frankfurt, Germany for a time before being stationed in Korea for a year between 1964-1965. From there, he was assigned to the Office of the Surgeon General in Washington, DC from 1971-1974. From 1974-1979, he was assigned to the Army Materiel Command Headquarters in Alexandria. Next, he was assigned to Chief Engineer’s Office in the Pentagon and stayed until his retirement in 1987.

Medals/Special Service Awards

During his time, he earned several military awards and decorations including Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (20LC), Army Commendation Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Army Service Ribbon.

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