I Am The American Legion- Mark H. Ochsenbein

“The American Legion is a great patriotic organization. Not only do (Legionnaires) care about veterans, but they care about their families, and that is important to me.”


YEARS: 1977-1998

MOS: Military Police, Special Operations (Green Beret) and Aviation

RANK AT DISCHARGE: Lieutenant colonel

- Bronze Star
- Meritorious Service Medal with silver, bronze oak leaf clusters
- Air Medal with “V” device
- Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters
- Army Achievement Medal
- Southwest Asia Service Medal
- Korea Defense Service Medal
- Humanitarian Service Medal
- Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)
- Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)
- Master Aviator Badge
- Master Parachutist Badge
- Air Assault Badge
- Special Forces Tab
- Honduras Jump Wings
- Thailand Jump Wings
- Thailand Balloon Jump Wings

AMERICAN LEGION POST: Post 46, Cookeville, Tenn.


- National Security Commission consultant (2011-present)
- District commander (2004-2005, 2007-2008)
- Boys Nation senior section counselor (2004, 2006-present)
- Tennessee Boys State assistant director (1996-1998, 2001-present)


  1. LTC Ochsenbein was a building block in my life in high school. He was the Head JROTC instructor while I was in the program. He taught me life building leadership that I still use today 16 years later! I left home early due to in home issues and he was there and helped me by giving me that adult figure I needed in my life. He was like the dad that I didn't have. He thought me self worth and helped me through many insecurities I had.
    Also,my now husband and I were high school sweethearts and we've both always had "old souls" and LTC "O" gave us advise so many times that's we've carried to this day! He has impacted my life in ways he will never know. Thank you so much LTC "O"!

  2. Wow I've seen this guy in person not only that I've been involved with a program call Boys State! I bet if anyone mentioned the name, Devin Wiggins he would remember me. It was an honor being involved in a program with Mr. Ochsenbein! I would do it all over again.

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