Born January 5, 1914, Logan was one of five children and spent his childhood
moving with his family every couple of years - Ohio to Michigan to Idaho to
Pennsylvania - and back again. During the Great Depression, Logan drooped out of
school in the eighth grade to help the family try to make ends meet by working
odd jobs - milking cows, sweeping floors, helping farmers with crops and livestock.
When he got older Logan found work in a mine, a sawmill, and as an electrical
appliance repairman, at the same time he attended night school to make up for
the education that he had missed.
In 1939 at the age of 25 Logan enrolled in the first class of the new Transylvania
Bible School where he was the oldest of nine students, four men and five women.
While in his junior year Logan received his orders to report for induction into
U.S. Army on January 3, 1941, just 2 days short of his 27th birthday.
Logan began his basic training and military career by being assigned to H Company
(Heavy Weapons) of the 145th Regiment of the 37th Infantry Division at Camp Shelby,
Mississippi. After almost a year of training on December 7, 1941 after the bombing of
Pearl Harbor the unit was ordered out of Camp Shelby and assigned to guard against
sabotage at strategic points along the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico.
It was during this time that Logan began his rapid rise in the enlisted ranks to
the rank of Staff Sergeant. In January 1942 the Unit shipped out of San Francisco,
aboard the ship Uruguay, on there way to their first overseas assignment,
the Fijian Islands.
While on the Fijian Islands the 37th Divisions job was to set up coastal defenses
and to patrol the islands looking for Japanese radio relay stations that where reporting
on allied shipping and troop movements in the area. In January 1943 the 37th received
new orders to move to Guadalcanal. Just before receiving these orders Logan was given
a battle field commission to the rank of Second Lieutenant.
Logan led his company onto Guadalcanal to secure the beach for the rest of the battalion,
following close behind. On Guadalcanal the unit was used mainly for patrol duty in the
mopping up of the Japanese. While on one of these patrols, Logan had his first face to
face encounter with the enemy and recorded his first three enemy kills. On July 3, 1943
the unit was on it's way to New Georgia Island.
The unit was suppose to spearhead the assault on New Georgia Island along with the
Marines and again Logan's company was chosen the lead the Battalion ashore. But while
preparing to load aboard the landing crafts, the ship they where on was hit and every
one had to abandon ship, it was going down fast. Swimming to other landing craft and
boats Logan's company made it ashore and established a beach head. Only about one third
of the battalion made it ashore, the rest being driven back out to sea by the heavy
enemy fire. It took a day of grueling fighting before the rest of the unit made it ashore
and the beachhead began to expand. During the ensuing battle for the heavily defended
island of New Georgia, Logan's battalion was twice surrounded by the Japanese once for
over 30 days at a place they called starvation ridge, fighting a blocking action they
survived by eating whatever eatable vegetation they could find and dried rice taken from
the dead enemy troops, with only the rain water they could collect in their canteen cups
to drink. After the battle for New Georgia the unit moved back to Guadalcanal for rest
After only 3 days back on Guadalcanal a call for volunteers for a secret, dangerous and
hazardous mission was sounded. Logan and a lot of his men answered the call. Within
24 hours they found them selves on a boat bound for New Caledonia. Once they arrived in
New Caledonia they were consolidated and organized, along with volunteers from all
divisions who had fought in the South Pacific, into a battalion of combat veterans.
After 3 weeks the battalion boarded the ocean liner Lureline which had sailed from
San Francisco with two other battalions of volunteers. Now the almost 3,000 volunteers
set sail for Bombay India, arriving over a month latter in September 1943. During the
long trip Logan and the other combat veterans were used to train the other two battalions
in the ways of jungle combat.
During the next four months this unit trained at different sites in India, learning
guerilla-type tactics and honing their skills as a unit. The unit was designated the
5307th Composite Unit (Provisional) and latter became known as Merrill's Marauders,
named for its leader Gen. Frank D. Merrill. During this time Logan was promoted to
1st Lieutenant and given the job of Platoon leader for the I & R Platoon of the 3rd
battalion. In January of 1944 Marauders moved to Ledo India in preparation of it's
mission to spear head the drive into Northern Burma, to clear the way for the building
of the Ledo Road, wich would connect with the Burma Road and create a much needed land
route to help supply the Chinese. In early February 1944 Logan's I & R Platoon led the
Marauders on the march into Burma.
While in Burma Logan's I & R Platoon had scouted about twelve hundred and fifty miles
of jungle trails. They fought 18 battles, experienced a total of four men killed and
five wounded and were estimated to have killed over twelve hundred and sixty enemy
soldiers. The whole time in Burma the Marauders were supplied by air drops whenever
possible, The unit was most of the time underfed, exhausted and pushed beyond a point
believed to be humanly impossible. During the Marauders final battle for the town of
Myitkyina Logan was evacuated to a hospital in India after being found in his fox hole
passed out, suffering from exhaustion, malnutrition, malaria and hand grenade wounds.
After only a couple of weeks in the hospital Logan was sent back to Myitkyina to help
with the final mop-up operations. After six more weeks of combat he was again evacuated
for battle injuries, At that time there were only a couple of hundred men of the
original three thousand Marauders left.
After Several months in the hospital at Ledo India, Logan was ordered back to the states
for complete recuperation, the long journey back had finally begun. Once back in the states
Logan was assigned to the Infantry Replacement Training Center, at Anniston, Alabama. A
couple months later Logan was reassigned to the Infantry Training Center at Fort
Benning, Georgia. where he taught officer candidates the tactical concepts he had
developed while behind enemy lines in Burma.
After World War II came to a close, Logan was sent to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, were
he received his discharge from active duty as a Captain. He signed on with the inactive
reserves an re-enrolled at Transylvania bible school, but because of constant bouts of
recurring attacks of malaria, he found it difficult to concentrate on his studies. Logan
decided to accept a pastorate at a little Methodist church in southwestern Pennsylvania,
and completed his theological degree by correspondence. It was while in this position that
he met and married his lovely wife Mary on February 14, 1948 (Valentine's Day). After 3
years Logan finally finished his degree and requested a return to active duty in the hopes
of being able to transfer to the Chaplain Corps.
March 1948 found Weston back in the service of his country stationed at Fort Mead, Maryland
as the Post Information and Education Officer. Weston applied for a transfer to the Chaplain
Corps, but due to a technicality his transfer was denied and had to remain in the Infantry.
Weston remained at Fort Mead for two years and then in 1950 received new orders to go to
Once in Japan Weston was assigned to be the Company Commander of H-Company, 17th
Regiment, 7th Division. H-Company was a machine gun and 81-millimeter mortar company.
After six months with H-Company Weston and most of the company were transferred to
25th Division and began to prepare for shipment to Pusan, South Korea to back up the
24th Division, the Korean War had just begun.
Once in South Korea Weston was sent to a town called Taegu and assumed command of
Alpha Company, 27th Regiment, 25th Division (Known as the "Wolfhounds"). Early in the
action while near a town called Masan, Weston was wounded three times (thigh, arm, and chest)
as he led his men in blunting an advance by a North Korean assault unit. Weston received the
first wound (thigh) while single-handedly he engaged the attackers as his radio man was sent to
get help from the rest of the company. His second wound (arm) came as he was directing the
company into defensive positions. He then went to the aid station to be patched up and immediately
return to the action crawling and dragging a box of fragmentation grenades with him. Weston's
third wound, a chest wound, came as he was leading a counter attack on the enemy's flank.
Weston bleeding profusely from his chest wound was still able to get on a radio and direct the
4.2in. mortar platoon fire on a column of North Korean reinforcements. With the situation under
control Weston organized the wounded and followed them to the aid station where he was
evacuated to Pusan with the other wounded men and then sent to Japan for further surgery.
The action by Weston and his company was instrumental in halting the advance of the enemy
on Pusan. This battle was latter to be called one of the main turning points in the war. For his
action in this battle Weston was recommended for a Congressional Medal of Honor, but the
regimental commander knocked it down, Weston did however receive the Distinguished Service
Cross for his actions.
After recovering from his wounds in Japan, Weston returned to South Korea in September 1950.
Around November 1950 Logan was promoted to Major and assigned to the 27th Regiment as Battalion
Plans and Training officer. The United Nation forces were close to total Victory at this time, Weston's
battalion was now in the mountains separating North Korea from Manchuria in China. The battalion
had set up an outpost near a town called Chinsong-ni overlooking the Yalu River. The battalion was
the first unit to be hit when the Communist Chinese forces came streaming across the border. Some
of these Chinese Officers and men were the very same men that Weston had fought side by side with
while he was in the Merrill's Marauders in Burma fighting the Japanese during WWII. The following
months were filled with constant fighting against an overwhelming number of Communist Chinese
forces, often involving hand to hand combat. During this time Weston continually distinguished himself
in the face of battle against the Chinese forces, and was awarded a Silver Star. The Communist troops
were eventually pushed back across the 38th parallel and then unexpectedly Logan received new
orders to return to the U.S.
It didn't take Weston long to settle into his new assuagement as Commander of a officers training
battalion at Fort Benning Georgia, and fill in for a local minister while the minister was away on an
extended vacation. Because there was a shortage of chaplains on post he was also aloud to take
charge of a chapel on post. During this tour of duty at Fort Benning Weston with a little prodding from his
young sons, applied for and was accepted into Jump School at the age of 40 years young. It was while at
jump school that Logan received new orders for Germany.
While in Germany Logan was assigned various positions, 1st as Associate Trainer (G-3) with the 43rd
Infantry Division, then as the Regimental Plans and Training Officers, and finally the Commandant of
the Division NCO Academy, before be reassigned back to the U.S.
Weston's first assignment back in the states was as a Division Plans and Training Officer at Fort Carson,
Colorado. He then was sent to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to undergo training in an advanced course
for field grade officers at the Command and General Staff College. After completion of the advance
course Logan was assigned to the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.. This assignment at the Pentagon
lasted three years. During this assignment Logan was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel while
on an inspection tour of the 101st Airborne Division at Camp Cambell, Kentucky. In 1961 Weston
completed 20 years of service in the army and was given a choice to retire or take another assignment,
he chose a command position with the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
82nd Airborne Division
Weston was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division as the Executive Officer of the 325th Battle Group and
a few months latter was promoted to the Commanding Officer of the battle group. While with the battle
group Logan would often join the group in exhibition jumps. Weston was then ask to join the newly formed
Green Berets which he accepted. He then developed the plans for Special Forces Counterinsurgency course.
After the fifth class had gone through the course Logan received top secret orders for reassignment to
Laos as Special Force Advisor to Military Assistant Advisory Group Laos (MAAGLAO for short).
In Laos Logan and the Green Berets job was to advise the neutral Laotian forces on military operations,
and to keep headquarters informed on the progress of the Communist North Vietnamese were making
on the construction of the Ho Chi Minh Trail. In performing the second part of their assignment the Green
Berets where often placed under attack by the Viet Cong, who where being advised by the Russians. After
a period of time Logan and the Green Berets were pulled out of Laos and sent to Bangkok, Thailand. While in
Thailand Weston formed a joint Green Berets and Thai forces exhibition jump team, the team would go around
Thailand putting on exhibitions and raised enough money to build thirty-two new schools, enlarge four
additional schools and equip two hospitals. The building of these schools greatly enhanced the standard of
living in these communities and gave the Thai people a sense of community. Due to a family medical emergency
Weston asked for and received a transfer to Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Logan finished his illustrious military career at Fort Sam Houston and retired in 1968 as a Colonel. Upon
retirement from the army Weston took a job at Texas A & M University as the Secretary of the YMCA and
Coordinator of Campus Religious Life which he held for 13 years until retiring once again. While at the
University Logan completed his Masters and Doctor of Bible Philosophy Degrees. In his retirement
Logan spends his time volunteering along with his wife, to man the phone at a Christian counseling service,
enjoying his family and the occasional speaking engagement.
"I thank God for the opportunity we have to use our freedom of religion, obtained at so great an expense.
I also thank God that allowed me the opportunity to fight for this freedom. Perhaps this is why it means so
very much to me. " (Colonel Logan Weston, U.S. Army Retired)
A large portion of the information on this page is from "The Fightin' Preacher"
by Logan Weston, published by Vision Press. The information is copyrighted and is used with the permission
of Colonel Weston.