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John J. Tolson III
Born (1915-10-22)October 22, 1915
Died December 2, 1991(1991-12-02) (aged 76)
Place of birth New Bern, North Carolina
Place of death Raleigh, North Carolina
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch United States Department of the Army Seal United States Army
Years of service 1937-1973
Rank US-O9 insigniaLieutenant General
Commands held XVIII Airborne Corps, 1st Cavalry Division
Battles/wars World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Distinguished Flying Cross

John J. Tolson III was a Lieutenant General in the United States Army. During the Vietnam War, he helped implement the airmobile concept use of helicopters in combat with the 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile).[1][2] His division played crucial roles during the Tet Offensive at Hue and Quang Tri in January 1968, in the relief of the Marine Khe Sanh Combat Base in March 1968, as well as the massive air assault into the A Shau Valley in April 1968.[3]

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