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- PEISINGER, Roman J.
- Colonel, US Army
- Colonel Peisinger was born August
4, 1907 in Montgomery, Minnesota where he lived for a year. Early
boyhood was spent in Fort Dodge, Iowa, later moving to Southern
California with his family in 1919. He attended elementary school
in Los Angeles and Pasadena; high school and junior college in
Pasadena. Colonel Peisinger enlisted in the California National
Guard in January 1924 and has served continuously since then.
After graduation from a National Guard Officer Candidate School
he was commissioned a 2d Lt in July 1928. From then until called
on active duty in March 1941, Colonel Peisinger variously commanded
a Machine Gun Company, Battalion Headquarters Company and a Rifle
Company. Subsequently he commanded a Heavy Weapons Company and
an Infantry Battalion prior to embarking for the Pacific Theater
as a member of the 40th Infantry Division.
Colonel Peisinger's staff assignments have been varied. These
include experience at Battalion, Brigade, Sector Command, Corps,
Theater, Department of the Army and Joint level. During WWII
he served in the office of Chief of Staff Headquarters USARPAC.
Following this was a tour of duty with War Department General
Staff (P&O Division). It was during this period he was integrated
into the Regular Army. This was followed by duty in the J-3 Division
of Joint Task Force Three the organization that put on the 1951
atomic tests at Eniwetok Atoll. Next Colonel Peisinger was designated
the Army Member of the Joint Test Group, a unit designated to
form a permanent continental atomic test organization and to
put on the 1952 tests in Nevada. Following this Colonel Peisinger
was designated IG with Field Command, ARMED FORCES SPECIAL WEAPONS
PROJECT. In this capacity he headed joint inspection teams testing
the atomic capability of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine teams
in many parts of the world. Altogether, Colonel Peisinger spent
8 years in various phases of the atomic program. Duty as IG for
I Corps in Korea from November 1955 to January 1957 followed.
Upon completing an assignment as Chief U.S. Army Advisor Group
(NGUS), Louisiana he retired in November, 1960.
Colonel Peisinger was five feet eleven inches in height, weighed
190 pounds and was of medium build. He was interested in hunting,
fishing, bowling, softball, photography and was a volkswagen
Submitted by his son Roman J. Peisinger, Jr. LTC USA-RET
- ADJ-1 Jet Mechanic, First Class,
Born and raised in Detroit, "Pikul"
enlisted in the United States Navy in May 1941 and was a member
of Class 48 at Naval Boot Camp at Great Lakes, Illinois. From
there, he attended Aviation Metalsmith School at the Naval Armory
in Chicago. Stationed in Iceland in 1942, Pikul received the Presidential
Unit Citation with Patrol Squadron 84 (Anti-Submarine Patrol Squadron)
for sinking six (6) German submarines in the Atlantic Ocean.
After Iceland, Pikul was stationed first
in South Wales and then at Dunkswell, Devonshire, England as an
Aviation Mechanic working on anti-submarine planes PBY Catalinas.
In 1955 and 1956, based at NAS Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, Washington,
Pikul flew anti-submarine patrols out of Kodiak, Alaska with P2V
Anti-Submarine Patrol Squadron.
Pikul retired in 1962 at NAS Alameda, California
with the rank of ADJ-1 (Jet Mechanic, First Class).
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