Retired U.S. Army Colonel Myron F. Curtis was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Heroism (“V” Device, 3d Oak Leaf Cluster) for heroism in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. At the time, Major Curtis distinguished himself while serving as Executive Officer of the 6th Battalion, 29th Field Artillery, 4th Infantry Division. On 14 November 1969, enemy sappers initiated a well-coordinated attack on Camp Radcliff, Vietnam. During the ensuing firefight, Major Curtis repeatedly exposed himself to the hostile fire to establish and organize the internal security defensive forces. He courageously inspected the perimeter positions and coordinated the overall defense of the battalion area. After the enemy had retreated, Major Curtis led a reaction force in a sweep of the area. Major Curtis contributed immeasurably to the successful defense of the battalion area. Major Curtis’ personal bravery, outstanding leadership, and exemplary devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army (General Order 2685, 4th Infantry Division, 30 April 1969).
Colonel Curtis was born in Panama City, Florida in 1940 and the family moved to Gainesville, Florida when he was two. He had one sister. Colonel Curtis graduated from Gainesville High School in 1958 and the University of Florida in 1962 earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) distinguished military graduate and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Ordnance Corps.
Second Lieutenant Curtis entered service in 1962. After training as a Nuclear Weapons Officer at Sandia Base, New Mexico he was assigned to the Ordnance Guided Missile School (OGMS), Redstone Arsenal, Alabama and taught Nuclear Weapons Maintenance and Support until 1964 when he volunteered to be a Pershing Missile Ordnance Maintenance Platoon leader. He and his platoon trained at Redstone Arsenal and joined the 3d Battalion (Pershing), 84th Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in 1964. In 1966 he branch transferred to the Field Artillery and, as a Captin, was assigned as a Pershing Missile Firing Battery Commander from 1965 to 1967.
In 1972 Colonel Curtis earned a Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida as part of the Army advanced degree education program.
From 1980 to 1983, Lieutenant Colonel Curtis was assigned as the Battalion Commander, 1st Battalion (Pershing) 41st Artillery in Southern Germany.
Other significant assignments for Colonel Curtis included Budget Analyst, Program Analysis and Evaluation Directorate, Pentagon; Analyst, Army Military Personnel Center; Training and Doctrine Command System Manager for Pershing; Grey Locket Program Manager, US Army Systems Development Support Activity; and Training and Doctrine Command Liaison Officer.
During his career, Colonel Curtis earned other awards for service. He is the recipient of four awards of the Bronze Star. Between May 1969 and November 1969 he distinguished himself by meritorious achievement in ground operations against hostile forces in the Republic of Vietnam (General Order 151, Capital Military Assistance Command, 8 November 1969). He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, 1st Oak Leaf Cluster and 2nd Oak Leaf Cluster for meritorious achievement in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force while serving with the 4th Infantry Division, Republic of Vietnam (General Orders 1037 and 2574, 18 February 1970 and 24 April 1970, respectively).
Colonel Curtis served on active duty for 30 years, retiring in 1992. He was hired as an engineering manager for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) and served the Army another 22 years supporting the Software Engineering Directorate, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama. He retired from SAIC in 2012.
Colonel Curtis married Frances Carole Weeks of Lake City, Florida in 1962 just after he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. They have a Son and Daughter and five grandchildren.