Army colonel honored for foreign assignment

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Posted: January 8, 2013

The Winchester Star

John Claybrook was made an honorary “comando” in the Chilean Army in 2002, by the Retired Comandos Association, because he was instrumental in creating the service branch in 1962. His work training Chilean soldiers in the skills of U.S. Army Rangers led to the modernization of the South American country’s army. In November 2012, he was honored again for his work officially by the Chilean Army itself, on the 50th anniversary of the first commando training course he created.
Col. John H. Claybrook, U.S. Army Ret., shows plaques and medals he received as a honorary Chilean commando and retired Chilean Army commando. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)

WINCHESTER — Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury resident John H. Claybrook, a retired U.S Army colonel, earned two medals and a plaque — honors from the Chilean Army for his service to...



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