Commander 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
4th Infantry Division
February - July 1970
As prepared by the University of Southern Mississippi
Ronald J. Rabin
US Army (Retired)
was born in Rochester, NY in 1932. He attended High School
there and was selected to the All-City
basketball team in 1949 and 1950. After several twists and turns of fate he arrived at Mississippi Southern College in 1953,
signed a basketball scholarship and enrolled in the ROTC program.
In May 1956,
he was commissioned as a second lieutenant of infantry from the
ROTC program at Mississippi Southern College
(now the University of Southern Mississippi) and entered active duty in August of that year. In 1960, following various
assignments in CONUS and Korea, Colonel Rabin volunteered for duty with the Armys Special Forces at Fort Bragg, NC.
After completing the Special Forces Officers Course, he assumed command of an A Detachment and deployed
to engage in Counterinsurgency operations in the Kingdom of Laos. Upon his return he was assigned to the G-3 Section,
Headquarters, Special Warfare Center and in 1964 attended the Burmese language course at the Defense Language Institute.
During 1964 Colonel Rabin accepted his Regular Army commission.
was assigned to the 25th Infantry Division at
Schofield Barracks, HA, in 1965 and was named
Commanding Officer, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry and later that year deployed to the Highlands of Vietnam
as the S-2 of the 3rd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division. For most of his tour the Brigade operated as a separate unit
conducting search and destroy operations. Because his unit was separate, his S-2 Section was responsible
for all of the functions normally performed by a division level unit including reporting directly to 1st Field Forces-Vietnam
(a corps level Headquarters). As a result of his successes in developing and implementing combat intelligence procedures
that produced consistently high quality intelligence upon which the Brigade could plan operations against the enemy,
he received the first of his four Legion of Merit awards and first of his 3 Bronze Stars. Upon his return from Vietnam,
Colonel Rabin was assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency and then was selected as Aide-de-Camp to
LTG Stanley R. Larsen. His service during this period earned him a Legion of Merit and a Meritorious Service Medal.
Colonel Rabin volunteered to return to Vietnam and initially
served as S-3 of the 1st Brigade, 4th
In this position he earned his third Legion of Merit and second Bronze Star. In February 1970, while still a Major,
he was selected as Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry. As Commanding Officer of the Battalion
he demonstrated outstanding leadership and received a Silver Star for his actions during the Cambodian Incursion in May, 1970.
In addition to the Silver Star, Colonel Rabin was also awarded his third Legion of Merit and third Bronze Star.
return from Vietnam, he attended the USAC&GSC and was
subsequently assigned to the DA Staff in the Pentagon
as an Action Officer in the Operations and Training Branch, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations (ODCSOPS)
and was later assigned to duties as the Executive Officer in the Office of the Special Assistant for the Modern Volunteer Army
(SAMVA) in the Office of the Chief of Staff and participated in laying the groundwork for todays all volunteer force.
While serving in the Pentagon, he was selected to attend the National War College (NWC) in 1973-74
and concurrently attended George Washington University earning a Master of Science Degree in International Affairs.
graduation from the NWC, Colonel Rabin was assigned to the USAIS,
Fort Benning, GA, as
Chief of the Leadership Branch in the Command and Leadership Department and subsequently as Director
of that prestigious Department. This was at a time of great transition in Army training brought on by the birth of TRADOC.
During his tenure as Department Director, Colonel Rabin and his staff and faculty members were able to demonstrate
the value and content of the leadership training program and retain the USAIS position as the Armys proponent for leadership
and management training. As another strong indicator of the productiveness of his Army career, it is significant to note
that during this period he was selected for promotion to Colonel ahead of his contemporaries.
matured, it became apparent that there was a need to create a new
directorate responsible for evaluating training
and training systems at the Armys service schools. Colonel Rabin was selected to organize and staff the USAIS Directorate
of Evaluation, which was TRADOCs prototypical such organization. Bringing his leadership and analytical skills to bear,
Colonel Rabin was so successful in accomplishing this mission that he was assigned to the TRADOC Systems Analysis Activity
(TRASANA) to create a similar enterprise at the TRADOC level. In both of these assignments, the processes, concepts,
and methodologies put in place were of lasting value to the Army.
very distinguished military career Colonel Rabin was an
of the University of Southern Mississippi. Colonel Rabin retired from the United States Army as an infantry Colonel
on 31 March 1980.
retirement from the Army, Colonel Rabin has held a series of
important and challenging positions in the aerospace
and defense systems business with such companies as: LTV, Allied Signal, Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin.
In all cases he has represented the University with honor and integrity.
return to Mississippi in 1999, he has been very active in
supporting USM programs such as:
The Alumni Association, The Eagle Club, The Hardwood Club and The M Club.
In addition, he has worked with USM faculty members in trying to bring business to the University.
|Colonel Rabins Awards and
Ed., COL Rabin has also been inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame
Colonel Ronald Rabin
LTC Ronald Rabin in Vietnam
Colonel Ronald Rabin's decorations
Part of an article from The Sun Herald, May 6, 2005:
The black scarf of the 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry
as worn by Soldiers of the Battalion in Vietnam
is a proud memento in COL Rabin's collection.
MAJ Ronald Rabin in his
Above information from the USM website:
The University of Southern Mississippi
A special thanks to Harold Hall, D 1/22
Infantry 1969-1970, for submission
of the above information on COL Rabin
On November 5, 2012, Ronald
Rabin was elected to the North Carolina Senate.
He is a Republican state senator in the state of North Carolina, representing the 12th district,
encompassing Harnett, Johnston, and Lee Counties.
Rabin is married to Mona and has
3 children: Mark, Scott, Rachel, and 9 grandchildren.
He resides at Anderson Creek, Harnett County, North Carolina.
Ronald Rabin's official
as a North Carolina State Senator.
Senator Ronald Rabin
Mona Rabin, country
singer Kellie Pickler, and Senator Roanld Rabin
at the North Carolina USO 9th Annual Gala.
Top photo of LTC Ronald Rabin as
Commanding Officer 1st Battalion 22nd Infantry.
This portrait of LTC Rabin was on display in the Regimental Room of 1-22 Infantry
at Fort Carson, Colorado from 2011-2014.
Photo courtesy of Bob Babcock
Thanks to Harold Hall, D 1/22 Infantry 1969-1970, for the direction and preparation of this memorial page to COL Ronald Rabin.
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