September 20, 2002

Alfred V. Rascon Director of Selective Services in Washington D.C. Featured in “Hispanics and the Medal of Honor”

Alfred V. Rascon was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, the only child of Alfredo and Andrea Rascon. His parents immigrated to the United States, settling in Oxnard, California, where Mr. Rascon attended elementary and high school.

Mr. Rascon enlisted in the U.S. Army for airborne training in August 1963, shortly after graduating from high school. Upon completing basic training in Fort Ord, California, he was assigned to Fort Sam Houston, Texas for basic and specialist medical training. After graduation, he completed airborne training at the Army’s Airborne school in Fort Benning, Georgia. He was then assigned to Headquarters Company, Medical Platoon, 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry (Airborne), 173rd Airborne (ABN) Brigade Separate (SEP) in Okinawa, joining the unit in February 1964.

In May 5, 1965, Mr. Rascon deployed with the Brigade to South Vietnam as the 1st Battalion, Reconnaissance Platoon medic. For a second time during his tour of duty in Vietnam, Mr. Rascon was seriously wounded on March 16, 1966, during Operation “Silver City.” Because of his serious injuries, he was transferred to Johnson Army Hospital, Japan and subsequently in May 1966, he was honorably discharged from the active duty and placed in the Army Reserves. His heroic actions on March 16, 1966, resulted in presentation on this nations highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, belatedly presented to him by President Clinton on February 8, 2000.

From late 1966 to August 1969, Mr. Rascon worked and attended college full-time. In 1967 he became a Naturalized Citizen. Overcoming his war injuries, he graduated from the Army’s Infantry Officers Candidate School, in February 1970, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant of Infantry. From 1970 to 1976, he served in a number of combat arms assignments both in the United States and overseas, including a second tour in South Vietnam as a military advisor.

In 1976, due to previous combat related injuries, Mr. Rascon was honorably discharged from active duty. Later in 1976, because of his previous assignments as a foreign military liaison office, he accepted a position as U.S. Army military liaison officer, in the Republic of Panama.

From 1983 to the present Mr. Rascon has served honorably as a government civil servant. He has worked with Department of Justice’s, Drug Enforcement Administration, INTERPOL (U.S. National Central Bureau), and the Immigration & Naturalization Service. He presently serves as Inspector General of Selective Service System, headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia. He has received a myriad of awards and commendations from U.S. and foreign agencies for his civil and military service.

As a naturalized Citizen of this country, Mr. Rascon has been honored by the American Immigration Lawyers Association and Foundation in Washington, D.C., for his past contributions in the military. The Washington-based CATO Institute also honored him in its annual honors of past and present military contributors of Hispanic Americans. Mr. Rascon has testified before the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration on contributions of immigrants to the military and is a “Distinguished Member of the 503rd Infantry Regiment,” a Department of the Army initiative preserving and enhancing Army traditions through inspirational role models of present and past members of the Regiment.

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