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Vietnam veteran is good man, good soldier

June 15, 2012 at 1:15 a.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

You have in your town a truly great and humble man. His name is Carl Bludau. Humanitarian, philanthropist, patriot and native son, Carl Bludau has had a distinguished career in the U.S. Army. From the Vietnam era to the present, he has garnered awards and decorations for his tireless service. All of them would be too numerous to mention, so several of his most prominent are as follows: • He served in the famed A Co. 2nd Bn 505th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division for 15 months, RTO for then Capt. Kapranopolous (Col. RET) now. Col. Kaprnopolous said at Carl's retirement, "Without a doubt, Carl Bludau was the best trooper that he had ever commanded!"

• Selected Outstanding Disabled Veteran of 1989, DAV Dept. of Texas

• Co-Founder, Warrior's Weekend (Victoria and Port O'Connor)

• Founder 82nd Airborne Div. Wounded Warrior Project

• 82nd Abn Div. "All American of the Year 2008"

• National Director 82nd Airborne Division Association, 3 times

• 505th PIR "Man of the Year 2006"

• Founder Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm $100,000 of Sunday Boxes mailed to Victoria Area Combat Veterans 1990-91

• Paratrooper of the Year 2010 - Airborne Static Line Awards, Atlanta, GA

I served with Carl Bludau in Vietnam 1968-69. He was one of the best field soldiers I have ever known.

Claud H. Dunn, Command Sergeant Major (Retired) U.S. Army 1964-2001, 82nd Airborne Division 1967-69, 1971-73, Louisville, Kentucky

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