Member of the Regiment biography for
CSM (Ret.) Randal R. Helton (1990)
CSM (Ret.) Randal Helton served the Signal Regiment
from 1956 to 1990 through wars and reorganizations. Beginning and interlacing his Army
career with 501st Signal Battalion, he also served with 34th Signal Battalion and 8th
Signal Battalion in Germany; 501st again while in Vietnam; first sergeant duty
at Fort Gordon, Ga.; first sergeant again with 33d Signal Battalion at Fort Richardson,
Alaska; command sergeant major for Joint Communications Support Element, MacDill AFB,
Fla.; and command sergeant major for 127th Signal Battalion, Fort Ord, Calif.
More upper-level positions as the Signal Regiment required
his leadership were at Communications Command Signal Battalion in Okinawa; command
sergeant major, 16th Signal Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas; command sergeant major, 7th
Signal Command, Fort Ritchie, Md.; command sergeant major, Communications Command, Fort
Huachuca, Ariz.; commandant, noncommissioned officers academy, Western Command,
Hawaii; and command sergeant major, Defense Communications Agency, Washington, D.C.
CSM Helton was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal,
Legion of Merit, Bronze Star medal, Meritorious Service Medal with four oak-leaf clusters
and the Signal Corps Regimental Associations Silver Order of Mercury award. He was
inducted as Distinguished Member of the Signal Regiment in 1990, along with his
appointment as Honorary Sergeant Major of the Regiment.
CSM Helton died in 1998 and is buried at Arlington
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Helton as Honorary Sergeant Major
of the Signal Regiment, 1990.