LTC Michael Pettiss Juvenal
Commanding Officer 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
4th Infantry Division
September 1969 - February 23, 1970
Michael P. Juvenal was born in Babson Park, Polk County, Florida on December 19, 1928.
He attended the New York
Military Academy where he was Captain of the 1946 football and
Winner of the Laidlaw Athletic Award, 1947. He graduated from NYMA in 1947.
Juvenal was appointed as a
qualified alternate and entered the United States Military
Academy at West Point, New York
on July 2, 1948. He graduated 361 out of a class of 492 on June 2, 1952 with a Bachelor of Science degree and was
commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant of Infantry in the Regular Army on June 3, 1952. His best subjects at the Academy were
Physical Education and Military Engineering and his worst subjects were Law and Social Sciences. In the Corps Organization
of Cadets he was a Cadet Lieutenant and Battalion Training Officer of 2nd Battalion 1st Regiment.
Above: The entry for Michael P. Juvenal in the U.S. Military Academy yearbook the Howitzer 1952
On December 3, 1953 Juvenal was
promoted to the temporary rank of 1st Lieutenant in the Army of
the United States (AUS).
He was promoted to the permanent rank of 1st Lieutenant in the Regular Army on June 3, 1955.
In 1958 Juvenal graduated from
the U.S. Army Infantry School Officers Advanced Course. On
September 10, 1958
he was promoted to the temporary rank of Captain (AUS). He was promoted to the permanent rank of Captain in the
Regular Army on June 3, 1959.
In 1961 he received a degree of Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Photo of Michael P. Juvenal
He received a promotion to the temporary rank of Major (AUS) on May 21, 1963.
Juvenal graduated from the U.S. Army Command & General Staff College in 1965.
On June 3, 1966 he was promoted
to the permanent rank of Major in the Regular Army. On February
he received a promotion to the temporary rank of Lieutenant Colonel (AUS).
He graduated from the Army War College in 1971.
Michael P. Juvenal retired from the Army with the rank of Colonel in 1976.
He was a member of the United
Nations Military Peacekeepers International Corps and
the American Association of UN Peacekeeping Forces International (AUNIP).
He died in Alabama on July 7, 2014.
Change of Command and
Awards Ceremony at Fire Support Base Louis (LZ Louis) Republic of
Vietnam February 23, 1970.
LTC Michael Juvenal is in the center of the photo facing the camera. He has just been awarded the Silver Star Medal by
by Major General Glenn Walker, Commanding General of the 4th Infantry Division from November 1969 - July 1970.
MG Walker had served in the 22nd Infantry during World War II.
Photo by Tom Buhrkuhl Company C & HHC 1/22 Infantry 1969-1070
LZ Louis - Republic of
Embroidery on the side of
Note LTC Juvenal is also
Photo courtesy of
(right) congratulates a 1/22 Infantry soldier on receiving an
Army Commendation Medal
LZ Louis, Vietnam February 23, 1970.
Photo courtesy of Wayne "Whiskey"
4/42 Artillery attached to 1/22 Infantry RVN 1969-1970
Michael Pettiss Juvenal came to
West Point in 1948 and joined the Class of 1952. He was born in
Babson Park, FL
but grew up in Mobile, AL, leaving at age 14 to attend the New York Military Academy in Cornwall, NY.
In those days, life as a West
Point plebe was a difficult and daunting experience for most
entry level cadets, but not for Michael.
He breezed through his plebe year at West Point because of his previous military academy experience as a high school cadet.
Neither the Tactical Department nor the Academic Department were serious obstacles for Michael as he progressed his way
through the Academy. Michaels tenacity and hard work helped him successfully overcome all challenges that West Point
could place in his path, and, as a First Classman, Michael became a leader in his class. Michael graduated into the Infantry,
for which he attended the Basic Course, Airborne and Ranger Schools, and quickly found his way to Fort Ord, CA,
where he met his wife, Jacque Lepine, on a blind date in San Francisco.
After a tour of duty in Korea,
he and Jacque were married in September 1954. Michael went on to
a highly successful career
in the Army with many diverse assignments to include Georgia Tech for a masters degree, Tactical Officer at West Point,
Department of the Army, Army War College, a joint tour in Italy, and many more. He had two tours in Vietnam, one as an
advisor in 1965 and one as battalion commander in 1970. Michael won several awards and decorations for bravery,
including the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Legion of Merit and the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Mike always wanted to be a
Soldier, and he lived his dream: 9 years as a cadet and 28 years
active duty, retiring as a colonel.
Upon retirement in 1980, Michael and Jacque settled into their beautiful home on the river in Magnolia Springs, AL.
During his retirement years, Michael enjoyed developing his skills as a stained glass artist. Most notably, he created beautiful
stained glass windows for two churches in his community, which earned him much praise. At the same time, Michael and Jacque
were frequent visitors to nearby New Orleans, LA, where they adored the Dixieland environment in that city.
Michael passed away July 7,
2014. He is survived by his loving wife Jacque of 59-years; son,
Michael R. Juvenal;
daughter, Merrilee J. Hicks; and two wonderful grandchildren: Dustin and Kayse. Michael Pettiss Juvenal will always
be remembered for his integrity, humanity, wisdom, and as one who always made Duty, Honor, Country
an integral part of his life. Be Thou at Peace.
Colonel George A. Grayeb Jr.
From the West Point Association of Graduates website
Michael P. Juvenal in retirement driving his boat.
Photo from the gulfcoastnewstoday.com website
Col. Michael Pettiss Juvenal
Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 12:23 pm
Col. Michael Pettiss Juvenal, retired decorated Army veteran, left his earthly home and departed to his last duty station,
his eternal Heavenly home on July 7, 2014.
He was preceded in death by mother, Virginia Pettiss; and father, Harry Jacob Juvenal.
Michael is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Jaqueline LePine Juvenal; son, Michael R. Juvenal; daughter, Merrilee J. Hicks;
two wonderful grandchildren, Dustin and Kayse; and many other family members and friends.
Michael was born in Babson Park, Fla. and grew up in Mobile until age 14.
He attended the New York Military Academy in Cornwall, N.Y. and in 1952 graduated from
the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.
Michael proudly served in the United States Army for 28 years. Col. Juvenal was presented with the Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal,
Combat Infantryman Badge and the Purple Heart.
During his retirement years Michael enjoyed developing his skills as a stained glass artist, spending time at his home
on the Magnolia River and listening to his Dixieland music.
Most notably, he created beautiful stained glass windows for St. Margarets Church in Foley and St. Johns Church in Magnolia Springs.
A memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 195 E. Berry Ave. in Foley at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 11, 2014.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to AseraCare Foundation (aseracarefoundation.org)
or to West Point Academy (westpointforusall.org).
Arrangements by Pine Rest Funeral Home, Foley.
From the gulfcoastnewstoday.com website
Birth: Dec. 19, 1928
Death: Jul. 7, 2014
Col. Michael Pettiss Juvenal died on on July 7, 2014. He is preceded in death by mother, Virginia Pettiss, and father,
Harry Jacob Juvenal. Michael is survived by his wife, son, daughter, two grandchildren and many other family members
and friends. Michael was born in Babson Park, Florida and grew up in Mobile, Alabama until age 14. He attended the
New York Military Academy in Cornwall, NY and in 1952 he graduated from the United States Military Academy in
West Point, NY. Michael proudly served in the United States Army for 28 years. Col. Juvenal was presented with the
Silver Star, Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Purple Heart. During his retirement years Michael
enjoyed developing his skills as a stained glass artist, spending time at his home on the Magnolia River, and listening to his
Dixieland music. Most notably, he created beautiful stained glass windows for St. Margaret's Church in Foley and
St. John's Church in Magnolia Springs.
Published in the Mobile Register and Baldwin County from July 9 to July 11, 2014
From the Find A Grave website created by: G-Man
The research report written by
Michael P. Juvenal during his attendance at the Army War College
"United States Foreign Policy Towards Cuba in This Decade" is on file at the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennyslvania
as Accession Number: AD0772613. A copy of this report is also on file at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Memorial Library
Latin America Special Studies as Micro Film 6054 Reel 7.
Top photo of LTC Juvenal at LZ
Louis February 23, 1970 courtesy of Wayne
4/42 Artillery attached to 1/22 Infantry RVN 1969-1970
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