Lieutenant General Melvin Zais

The Island Packet newspaper tells a pretty interesting story about incoming State Education Superintendent Mick Zais' father, Melvin, that we felt our readers would want to read:
Melvin graduated in 1937, prepared to be a journalist. But first he was committed to a hitch in the U.S. Army. During the buildup to World War II, he volunteered for America's first airborne battalion. By 27, he was a lieutenant colonel. He rose to four-star general and was commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam.

The blue-collar Yankee married a Tennessee belle, and they had two boys. Both of them graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Like their father, both were paratroopers in Vietnam. And all three of their sons have been paratroopers in Iraq.

Both of Melvin's boys got doctorates, and the younger one, Mick Zais, made it to two-star general. Last week, Mick Zais was elected South Carolina's state superintendent of education.

Lt. General Melvin Zais, a veteran of both the Second World War and Vietnam War, led the 101st Airborne division and then the Third Army. His many decorations and honors include the Distinguished Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Silver Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Legion of Merit with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Bronze Star. In his later years, he retired to Beaufort County.

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