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Chillicothe News - Chillicothe, MO
  • Veteran profile: William F. Bellais

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  • Age: 78
    Residence: First enlisted in Marine Corps at Oxnard, Calif.; commissioned in Army at Las Cruces, N.M.
    Family: Wife, Ann; daughter, Cathy; son, John
    Occupation: Teacher, Fort Wingate, N.M.; Student Personnel Administrator and Counselor and Mental Health Therapist, Las Cruces, N.M.; Chaplain, Boonville, Mo.; Vicar, Boonville and Fayette, Mo.; Rector, Chillicothe, Mo.; Instructor, NCMC; HMC Chaplain; Artist and writer
    Education: High School, Oxnard, Calif.; B.A., History, N.M. State Univ., 1960; M.A., Clinical Counseling and Guidance, 1980; Ed.D., Higher Education Administration and Educational Psychology, 1988; Certificate of Fine Art; Certificate of Theological Studies
    Military service: U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, 1952-1953, Rifleman; U.S. Marine Corps, 1953-1956, Combat Correspondent, 3rd 1st Marine Divisions; U.S. Army Reserve, 1957-1960, Photographer, Military Police Corps.; U.S. Army 1960-1977, Military Intelligence Branch — combat intelligence, interrogator, counterintelligence, security specialist
    Rank: U.S. Marine Corp — Sergeant; U.S. Army — Major
    Assignments: Fleet Marine Force in Asia (Japan and Korea) 1954-1955; Chief of Intelligence Production, U.S. Army, Alaska; provided critical information to aid in rescue operations in the Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964; Military Assistance Command, Vietnam 1968-1969 and 1971-1972
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