CSM Getrea graduated from Gaithersburg High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland, in 1942, and was drafted into the Army in 1943. He attended basic training and advanced infantry training at Fort Benning where he also graduated from the Airborne Jump School. He served on active duty from 1943 to 1969 – through World War II, Korea and Vietnam – and was permanently retired in 1974.During his distinguished 26-year career, CSM Getreu held a wide variety of logistics administrative, command and staff positions that included Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Central Issue Facility, 82nd Replacement Company; Regimental Supply Sergeant, 187th Regimental Combat Team; Chief Clerk, G4 Section, 101st Airborne Division; Sergeant Major, Command and Control Battalion, 101st Airborne Division; Chief Supply Sergeant, G4 Section, 8th Infantry Division, Airborne Brigade; Chief Clerk, G4 Section, 8th Infantry Division, Airborne Brigade; Brigade Sergeant Major, 8th Infantry Division, Airborne Brigade; Chief Clerk, G4 Section, Fort Ord, CA; Sergeant Major, 503rd Supply and Transportation Battalion, 3rd Armored Division, Germany; and Sergeant Major, 1st Supply and Transportation Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, Vietnam.
US Army Quartermaster Corps
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