CSM Jan Schalavin
from Varalja, Hungary
CSM Schalavin served with: C_Co 2_75_Ranger_Bn
Born in 1938, Ranger Schalavin was 77 years old at the time of his death in 2015.
CSM Jan Schalavin 's Biography
Ranger Schalavin served a tour in Korea, two tours in Germany and three tours in Vietnam. - Jan was an Army Ranger. He served as an instructor in the Ranger School, as well as being the first ever First Sergeant for Company C, 2nd Ranger Battalion. He was graduate of the Sergeants Major Academy, class #4 in 1978. He served a Sergeant Major of the the ROTC Program at Southwest Missouri State College, Command Sergeant Major of the 1st Ranger Battalion from May 1979 thru April 1982; and Command Sergeant Major of the 173rd light Infantry Brigade(sep) from April 1982 thru January 1985.
Long time Eagle River, Alaska, resident Jan Schalavin, 77, passed away peacefully at Providence Hospital on Nov. 27, 2015, in Anchorage, Alaska. Burial will be at Ft. Richardson National Cemetery on Feb. 19, 2016. A celebration of life will take place on Feb. 20, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the Eagle River VFW Post 9785.
- Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Dec. 16, 2015
CSM Schalavin was born in Varalja, Hungary, on Feb. 20, 1938, to Joseph Schalavin and Katarina Tollaczi, of Hungary, both deceased. He left Hungary and settled in Lititz, Penn., where he became a lifelong Philadelphia Eagles fan. He enlisted in the Army on April 13, 1959. After basic training he was assigned to the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment at Ft. Campbell, Ky. Through the the years, he advanced to Platoon sergeant in the 101st Airborne Division and the 173rd Airborne Brigade as well as the 1-36th Infantry and 3rd Armor Division.
Jan was an Army Ranger. He served as an instructor in the Ranger School, as well as being the first ever First Sergeant for Company C, 2nd Ranger Battalion. He was graduate of the Sergeants Major Academy, class #4 in 1978. He served a Sergeant Major of the the ROTC Program at Southwest Missouri State College, Command Sergeant Major of the 1st Ranger Battalion from May 1979 thru April 1982; and Command Sergeant Major of the 173rd light Infantry Brigade(sep) from April 1982 thru January 1985.
After that, he served as the Command Sergeant Major of the Infantry School in Ft. Bennington, Ga. He was then assigned to Schofield Barracks in Hawaii as the Command Sergeant Major of the of the 25th Infantry Division. Ranger Schalavin served a tour in Korea, two tours in Germany and three tours in Vietnam.
He was on the ground at Desert One in Iran 1980.
His awards include the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars for Valor and one for Meritorious service, the Purple Heart with three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm and the Meritorious Service Metal with five Oak Leaf Clusters. He was authorized to wear the Combat Infantry badge, the Ranger Tab, the Master Parachute badge and the Expert Infantry badge.
CSM Schalavin retired in 1993, after serving his country proudly for 35 years. He was a member of VFW Post 9785 in Eagle River. Jan was an educated man,having earned two bachelors degrees from the University of Alaska-Anchorage after he retired. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Some of his fondest memories were of a hunt on Kodiak Island where he bagged a huge Alaska Brown bear and his hunting trips to Nebraska for buffalo and pheasant with his friends.
He was genuinely at peace at his cabin and fish-wheel on the Copper River in Glennallen, Alaska, where all his friends from the VFW would come to visit and fish. His smoked salmon was some of the best. If he wasn't hunting or fishing, you could find him cooking or telling war story or two at the VFW over a rum and coke. He was a very funny man with a wonderful sense of humor.
People were just drawn to him. He loved taking his grandkids to the VFW for Sunday brunch. Jan was a kind and generous man and gracious host. He was the epitome of being a Ranger, and the consummate soldier and NCO. As a senior NCO, he "took care of his boys." He was a father, grandfather, leader, mentor and the best kind of friend a person could ever have. He touched so many people's lives all over the country.
He will forever remain in our hearts.
He is survived by his daughter, Brooke Schalavin; and grandkids, Beau Janos and Chloe-Anne Schalavin-Romero of Eagle River. His dog, BO, will be waiting for him to throw the ball. He truly was a "one of a kind" man and will be sorely missed. Rest in Peace, Jan ... RANGERS LEAD THE WAY.
Published in Alaska Dispatch News on Dec. 16, 2015
PHOTO of CSM Schalavin with beverage is courtesy of Ranger "Peter" Parker who served with CSM SChalavin in 2/75 Ranger Bn
Silver Star Citation
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Platoon Sergeant Janos Schalavin (ASN: RA-13657947), United States Army, for gallantry in action.
Platoon Sergeant Schalavin distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions in connection with the military operations against an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam on 23 November 1967, while serving with Company C, 4th Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry, 173d Airborne Brigade (Separate).
On the above date, Company C was given the mission of assaulting the right sector of Hill 875 near Dak To, while in contact with a well fortified North Vietnamese Army battalion. As the company moved forward, it came under heavy automatic weapons mortar fire.
Sergeant Schalavin constantly exposed himself to deadly fire while giving orders and repositioning his men for the conflict. When confronted with an enemy sniper who was hiding in a forward foxhole, Sergeant Schalavin made his way to an advantage position where he personally killed the sniper who was shooting his men.
While moving forward, the platoon was hit by heavy enemy mortar fire and sustained a direct hit on one of the squads which caused many causalities. Sergeant Schalavin regrouped his men and had them lay down a deadly base of suppressive fire to keep the enemy down and allow movement of the wounded men.
Sergeant Schalavin ran to the wounded men, assisted in their emergency first aid treatment and supervised their evacuation to a safer area. He then ordered his men to move out and continue the assault. During a second mortar attack they were more fortunate and lost fewer men, for Sergeant Schalavin never ceased exposing himself to direct the firing and positioning of his men.
When still another concentration of enemy mortar fire was directed at the advancing element of Sergeant Schalavin's platoon, he called in the location of the enemy mortars. Within seconds, the mortars were silenced by friendly 81 millimeter mortars. Sergeant Schalavin again rallied his men for the final assault.
His quick actions and complete disregard for his own safety were directly responsible for saving many lives and contributed greatly to the success of the entire mission. His devotion to duty and personal courage were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.
General Orders: Headquarters, I Field Force, Vietnam, General Orders No. 521 (June 17, 1968)
Action Date: November 23, 1967
Rank: Platoon Sergeant
Company: Company C
Battalion: 4th Battalion (Airborne)
Regiment: 503d Infantry Regiment, 173d Airborne Brigade (Separate)