Posted on May 10, 2017
PFC Donnie Harold Harris
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Command Sergeants Major (CSM) Program was established in July 1967 with the first 192 selectees in December 1967. And five of them would ultimately serve in the newly established position of Sergeant Major of the Army
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PFC Donnie Harold Harris
PFC Donnie Harold Harris
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I live in a one owner house that was bought from the estate of a Retired Command Sargent Major. I was told the story several times that he was one of the first ones to get the rank. The difference was when he got it. His Name was CSM Spiers. Retired to Indianapolis as a Batchelor and lived in the house he helped build for his mom and brother in 1951. Lived till he was 95 or so. Anyone ever know of Him?
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One of those CSM's served as the SMA as a CSM (the only one to do so) until a specific rank denoting the SMA was developed. However, when someone is selected for the SMA position, they are appointed by to SGM to take the SMA position. Neat fact.
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SGM Omer Dalton
SGM Omer Dalton
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In 1967 I was promoted to E7. At that I had never seen it heard of a sergeant major E9. I deployed to Vietnam in 1968 and upon return in 1969 believe I saw my first sergeant major. As a retired SMG myself, I still don’t know when the grade of E9 was established.
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SSG Shavonde Chase
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1968?
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CPT Bob Coleman
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After reading the responses here, I am confused. While Plebes at West Point, we were often asked "If a Major outranks a Lieutenant, why does a Lieutenant General outrank a Major General?". The standard answer was because the rank of Major General had once been "Sergeant Major General". After reading the history of SGM outlined here, I am confused. Can anyone help me out?
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