Military Record

Below is a biography of Colonel (Ret.) Ronald Rabin’s history in the United States Army.  


Colonel (Ret.) Rabin 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 (Ret.) Rabin volunteered for duty with the Army’s Special Forces at Fort Bragg, NC.


After completing the Special Forces Officer’s Course, he assumed command of an A Detachment and deployed to engage in Counter insurgency 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 (Ret.) Rabin accepted his Regular Army commission. Colonel (Ret.) Rabin 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 (Ret.) 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.

In 1969, Colonel (Ret.) Rabin volunteered to return to Vietnam and initially served as S-3 of the 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.  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 (Ret.) Rabin was also awarded his third Legion of Merit and third Bronze Star. 

Upon his 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 today’s 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.

Following graduation from the NWC, Colonel (Ret.) 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 (Ret.) 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 Army’s 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.


As TRADOC matured, it became apparent that there was a need to create a new directorate responsible for evaluating training and training systems at the Army’s service schools.   Colonel (Ret.) Rabin was selected to organize and staff the USAIS Directorate of Evaluation, which was TRADOC’s prototypical such organization.  Bringing his leadership and analytical skills to bear, Colonel (Ret.) 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.

Throughout his very distinguished military career Colonel (Ret.) Rabin was an outstanding representative of the University of Southern Mississippi. Colonel Rabin retired from the United States Army as an infantry Colonel
on 31 March 1980.



Colonel Rabin’s Awards and Decorations:

  • Silver Star
  • Legion of Merit with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters (OLC)
  • Bronze Star with 2 OLC
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Air Medal (3 OLC)
  • Army Commendation Medal   (1OLC)
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with 7 Campaign Stars
  • Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry with Palm
  • Combat Infantry Badge
  • Ranger Tab
  • Parachutist Badge
  • Army General Staff Identification Badge

Ed., COL Rabin has also been inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.

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