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Colonel Jaime Sabater, U. S. Marine Corps Retired

Colonel Sabater attended the U.S. Naval Academy for two years before transferring to Roanoke College in Virginia where he earned a BA degree in Political Science.  He was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1960 and spent the next 26 years in service to the Corps, retiring as a full colonel. 

 During his years of service, he had various assignments including:  Platoon Commander , Operations Officer--both at the Battalion and Regimental level, Infantry Battalion Executive Officer and Commanding Officer of the 1st Battalion 5th Marines.  He also spent a tour at the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Bainbridge, Md., in  Research & Development in Boston Mass., four years in the Defense Intelligence Agency with a tour as the Defense Attaché in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and lastly as the Plans Officer for the U. S. Navy and Marine Corps Foreign Military Sales and Training Office.  

 Colonel Sabater served two tours in Viet Nam, one as a Rifle Company Commander and Battalion  Operations Officer during the period 1967-1968  and a second tour as the Operations Officer of a special negotiating team (Four Part Joint Military Team- FPJMT) . As a member of this team , he traveled   to Hanoi almost on a weekly basis from September 1974 to the month preceding the Evacuation in April 1975. 

 During the planning for the evacuation, he organized a small group of officers and enlisted men into an organization which was called the Special Planning Group (SPG).  The SPG was the in -country organization responsible for coordinating the evacuation of all U. S. personnel from Saigon proper to Tan Son Nhut Air Base and then eventually to offshore shipping. 

 Colonel Sabater  attended various high level schools including the Naval War College, the National Intelligence School, The Foreign Service Institute and the DIA Attaché School. 

 Upon his retirement from the Marine Corps he lived and worked in Europe as the regional Director of Marketing and sales for a U. S. defense firm until his retirement in 1996. He and his wife Laura have one son and currently live in Gig Harbor, Washington where he spends his time golfing, fishing, hunting and playing his guitar.

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