Regimental Division,
Office Chief of Signal

United States Army Signal Center, Fort Gordon, GA
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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 officer’s 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 Association’s 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 National Cemetery.

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CSM (Ret.) Randal Helton
Helton as Honorary Sergeant Major of the Signal Regiment, 1990.

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