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A Vietnam Perspective with Charley Scandalito of Port Huron, Michigan

GBS Media is proud to present a video chronicling the experiences of local veteran, Charley Scandalito.

A native of Port Huron, Michigan, Charley joined the National Guard in 1954 and served over 30 years in active duty. Since his return from the Vietnam War, Charley continued to devote himself to the country he loved.

Never seeking attention from the spotlight, or even so much as a thank you for his service, he continued to do what he knew best: serve – currently he acts a member of the Michigan Volunteer Defense Force under the Adjutant General of Michigan.

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A man truly deserving of respect and admiration.

Check out Charley’s military record below:

Charles E Scandalito – Military experience:

Active US Army and Mi NG September 19, 1954 to September 19, 1984 (30 years)

MIVDF 2011 to 2017 for a grand total of 37 years.

Joined the Michigan National Guard – September 19, 1954 – Company L, 1st Battalion 125th Infantry Regiment – 46 th Infantry Division

Ammo bearer- PVT E1 later gunner- SPC E4, 60 mm Mortar section of the weapons platoon then squad leader – SGT E5, Section leader – SFC E6, Platoon – SGT E7, 81 mm Mortar section of the weapons platoon.

1962 – Attended Officer Candidate School – Fort Benning, Georgia, received a commission as 2nd Lieutenant, Infantry.

1962 – 1965, 2LT Rifle Platoon leader – Company C, 125th Infantry, 38th Infantry Division, Michigan National Guard.

1965 – 1966, 1LT Executive Officer – Company C, 125th Infantry, 38th Infantry Division, Michigan National Guard.

September 1966 joined the Active Army, attended Officer basic school, Ft. Benning, Ga.

January 1967 to May 1967 assigned to Fort Ord, California as Company training officer and later Battalion S3 operations and training officer.

June 1967 – June 1968 Deployed to Vietnam with the following assignments in the 196th Light Infantry Brigade, Task Force Oregon. In July 1967, the brigade became a part of the 23rd Infantry Division (Americal Division) in I corps, Chu Lai, South Vietnam, assigned to the following duty positions.

  1. Headquarter company commander,  196th Brigade – 1LT
  2. Promoted to Captain in August assigned as Infantry company commander, Company C, 2nd I was in 3 major campaigns involving 13 major battles and several small gunfights. Received the nick name – “Professional Gunfighter”. “Gunfighter 6” became my radio call sign.
  3. Assigned to the Division Training Center as S3 – operations and training officer – February to June 1968.

June 1968 – September 1969, assigned to the Army Reserve advisory group in the state of Kentucky, Fort Knox, Kentucky.

September 1969 got out of the active army returned to Port Huron, Michigan and rejoined the 1st Battalion 125th Infantry, 38th Infantry Division, Michigan National Guard.

The following National Guard assignments.

  1. Commanded Company C – 1st Bn 125 Inf Bn two different times.
  2. Battalion staff duties. S1 = personnel, officer, Motor officer, S3 air (asst. S3) (promoted to Major) S3 = Operations and training office, Bn Executive officer (XO, chief of staff, second in command).
  3. Promoted to LT Colonel Battalion commander
  4. Later assigned to state headquarter. Chief of Staff, G1 until retirement in 1984.
  5. Retired – Colonel 19 Sept 1984 – a total of 30 years.
  6. Recalled to duty in the Michigan Volunteer Defense Force (Mi National Guard) held the positions of Battalion commander, Brigade operations officer, Brigade deputy commander and Chief of Staff. – 15 October 2011 to 2018.

Military Schools

Senior NCO school, Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning – Jungle School, Panama Cana Zone – Officer Basic and advance School, Fort Benning – Command and General Staff College, Fort Leonard Wood. Various other short command and staff schools.


This production was funded by The Grant Smith Health Insurance Agency and GBS Media.

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