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MAJ Gerard M "Jerry" Devlin
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Birth: Aug. 9, 1933
Waltham
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Nov. 11, 2016
Beaufort
Beaufort County
South Carolina, USA

Jerry Devlin, 83, died in hospital today of causes related to grievous abdominal combat shrapnel wounds from his first combat tour in Vietnam.

Jerry was born the son Ann and Patrick Devlin of Waltham, Mass., where he attended local schools. When war broke out in Korea in 1950, Jerry joined up at seventeen. His father had served in the Spanish-American War, and World War I. Private Devlin completed paratrooper training, awarded his Jump Wings. He volunteered for Korea where he served with the 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, a paratrooper regiment that was nicknamed the Rakkasans (a Japanese word for parachutist)

After his combat tour in Korea, for which he was awarded the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Jerry returned to Waltham and married his high school sweetheart, Leona Cormier. Now Sergeant Devlin and his new bride honeymooned Army-style, en route to their new post, Fort Campbell, KY, where Jerry began service in the 11th Airborne Division. When the Division was eventually deployed to Germany, Sgt Devlin was able to bring his dependents, Leona and son, who crossed the Atlantic on a troop ship, and crossed Germany on a crowded, unheated troop train. Even so, they soaked up European culture, driving to visit places on the Continent they had only dreamed about.
He also took advantage of Army advanced education courses. Returning stateside with his unit, Jerry was accepted for (OCS) Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Lieutenant, and promotions would follow in quick succession. Before returning for a second tour of Germany, he went to Ranger school at Ft. Benning where he was awarded the coveted Ranger tab.

Captain Devlin commanded a company of the 7th Infantry, (the famous Cotton Balers from the War of 1812), part of the 3rd Infantry Division, which was deployed in Germany. Devlin's company was ordered to take the lead and force passage into Berlin when the Russians had tried to seal it off from Allied access in 1961. Jerry faced down Russian and East German military and successfully entered Berlin with only minor incident.

Back stateside again, Jerry used the time afforded by his various training commands to avail himself of all the Army education programs his schedule would permit. In time he earned his GED, a Bachelor's degree, and a Master's degree. He was an avid reader of military history and took every opportunity to hone his skills in writing in a clear, articulate and succinct style. He went to language school to study Vietnamese.

During the Vietnam War, Jerry served two tours. One as chief advisor to the famed 44th 'Black Tiger' Vietnamese Ranger Battalion, whom he accompanied to the field on their combat patrols, guiding their tactics and supporting with air and artillery assets. During this tour Jerry received the terrible wounds, from which he was not expected to recover. Leona flew to the Philippines to be at his bedside. After a year's hospitalization and another lengthy recovery period, Jerry Devlin resumed active duty. He returned to Vietnam for a second tour in 1967, serving with the famed 25th Infantry Division. Jerry was a graduate of the Army's Command and General Staff College.


Major Jerry Devlin served 20 years in the U.S. Army from 1950-1970, including service with the 187th, Airborne Regimental Combat Team in Korea.

Trained in the Vietnamese language, he also served with the Black Tiger 44th. Ranger Battalion in Vietnam completing two combat tours.

Among his decorations, Major Devlin is a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, the Purple Heart and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.

After retiring from the US Army, he became an airborne and military historian. Author of three books

- Back to Corregidor: America Retakes the Rock Hardcover June 1992

- Silent Wings: The Saga of the U.S. Army and Marine Combat Glider Pilots During World War II November 1985

And his first book, which many have called "The Bible of the Airborne"

- Paratrooper: Saga of Parachute and Glider Combat Troops During World War II April 1979

In 1995 Major Devlin was inducted into the Ranger Hall of Fame at Fort Benning, Georgia

 
 
Burial:
Beaufort National Cemetery
Beaufort
Beaufort County
South Carolina, USA
 
Created by: John Michael
Record added: Nov 12, 2016
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MAJ Gerard M Jerry Devlin
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- John Michael
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- John Michael
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