After graduating from the
University of Alabama in May 1968, Lieutenant Colonel Stanford entered
the Marine Corps in January 1969, with the 57th OCC. Completing The
Basic School in August 1969 with "I" Company (Basic Class 9-69), 2nd
Lieutenant Stanford was assigned to the rd Marine Division as a Platoon
Commander with Company "G", 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines. Upon completion
of a Mediterranean Cruise with 6th Marines, he received orders to
Vietnam where he served as Company Executive Officer and Infantry
Platoon Commander with Company "G", rd Battalion, 5th Marines. Medical
Evacua4on from Vietnam sent now 1st Lieutenant Stanford to Camp Lejeune
where he served in Special Services until his discharge from active
duty in December 1971.
While in the
civilian world, Lieutenant Stanford taught school in Cobb and Rockdale
Counties in the Atlanta metropolitan area, coaching wrestling, track,
football, and basketball. While out of the Marine Corps as an inactive
reserve officer, he was promoted to the rank of Captain. When his
application for return to active duty was approved in January 1973,
Captain Stanford received orders to the Marine Corp Development and
Education Command at Quantico, Virginia, where he served as a tactics
instructor and staff platoon commander at the Basic School. From August
1975 to May 1976, Captain Stanford attended Amphibious Warfare School
and finished the summer as a platoon commander at OCS.
September 1976 found the captain
in Okinawa assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division,
as the S-3A Training Officer for six months before assuming command of
Company "E" for the deployment phase of the tour.
Upon completion of the
tour in Okinawa in September 1977, Captain Stanford was sent to the
Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris
Island, South Carolina where he served as Commanding Officer, Company
"D", 2nd Battalion, Recruit Training Regiment, until his selection to
major in October 1978. Major Stanford completed his tour at Parris
Island as the Depot Clubs Officer.
From December 1980 until
June 1984, Major Stanford served as Commanding Officer, Company "D",
Marine Security Guard Battalion with
headquarters in the Republic of Panama. In this capacity, he was
responsible for Marine Security Guards in 27 Embassies in Latin America.
August 1984, Major Stanford was assigned first as the Operations
Officer, then Executive Officer of 2nd Landing Support Battalion, 2nd
FSSG, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. During this period, he was
selected for promotion to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Upon his
promotion, he was assigned as Strategic Mobility Officer for 2nd FSSG.
Before completing his tour at Camp Lejeune, he was selected by the
Commandant to join other former Marine Security Guard officers to
conduct a program study of the Marine Security Guard program in the
aftermath of the breach of security in the Embassy in Moscow. This duty
sent him to Belgrade and Zagreb, Yugoslavia for 60 days starting in
1987, Lieutenant Colonel Stanford assumed duties as the Senior Marine
Officer and Amphibious Plans Officer for Commander, Task Force 76 in
Okinawa. In September 1988, he was assigned to Headquarters Marine
Corps as Head of the Marine Security Guard Section providing liaison
between the Department of State and the Marine Corps on matters related
to Marine Security Guards. After a year in this assignment, he was
reassigned to the Special Operations Section where he helped establish
Marine Corp and DoD support for law enforcement agencies in
counter-drug operations along the U. S. southwest border.
Colonel served his last year on active duty as Head of the Ground
Doctrine Section at the Warfighting Center in Quantico, Virginia,
retiring on 1 July 1992. After serving
two years in the private sector, Lieutenant Colonel Stanford took over
the MCJROTC Unit at Mullins High School
in Mullins, South Carolina. In July 1996, he moved to Covington,
Georgia where he opened the new MCJROTC program at Newton High School
where he still serves.
Colonel Stanford's personal decorations include the Silver Star Medal,
Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and
Combat Action Ribbon.