Jason Carroll, of Molalla, named VFW All-American State CommanderJason Carroll, the 2013-14 Veterans of Foreign Wars State Commander, was awarded All-American honors at the 115th National convention of the Veterans fo Freign Wars in St. Louis, Mo last week.

Carroll is a life member of Molalla Post 3973 .

“It was ah honor and privilege to lead the 16,000 members of the Veterans of Freign Wars in Oregon for the past year,” Carroll said. “Members in all 87 posts throughout the state worked hard to meet our goals and objectives in supporting veterans and communities.”

Under Carroll’s leadership, Oregon finished the year in the top three states and departments in the world in VFW programs and membership.

All-American honors is the highest award given to departments, districts and posts by the VFW National Commander.

Carroll, a life member of the Molalla VFW Post, has served in a progression of statewide leadership positions over the past five years, each for a one-year term. Starting as state surgeon, he advanced to judge advocate, junior vice commander and senior vice commander.

As state commander, Carroll travels to the 90 VFW Posts throughout the state.

Carroll served in the U.S. Army from 1966 to 1988, including service in Vietnam from December 1966 to September 1968 and August 1969 to December 1971. He was based at Tan Son Nhut Air Base, near Saigon, although he said he served in different areas throughout the country during the Vietnam War.

His foreign service during his 22-year career in the Army included foreign service tours in Somalia and Korea.

He retired in 1988 at the rank of Lt. colonel after serving as the assistant chief of staff , G-4 transportation for I Corp at Fort Lewis, Wash.

He was decorated numerous times to include the award of the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with three oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with five oak leaf clusters and numerous service and campaign medals to include the Vietnam Service Medal with eleven campaign stars.

Carroll, a graduate of Colton High School class of 1962, attended the University of Oregon, earning a BBA degree in 1966 and an MBA degree in 1977. He is also an Honor Graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

A life time resident of Colton, he has been involved in cattle, hay and Christmas tree farming operations. He has served as a commissioner of the Colton Water District for 20 years.

Molalla is part of District 15. Four posts in District 15, Oregon City, Canby, Sandy and Gresham all received the All-American honors.

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