When a decorated U.S.
Marine, honored three-times for valor and heroism in the line of
duty, retires from a long and distinguished military career – it’s
safe to say said Marine has earned a break! However, for Retired
Lieutenant Colonel John Foldberg of Atascadero, California, military
retirement was a green light for a second career as a Farrier.
Melanie Kim meets Foldberg on his ranch in North
San Luis Obispo County and sees how this new life suits him as he
trades one type of medal for another! We’ll also meet John’s wife
and 3 daughters who are all involved in the new family business
and thrilled he’s at home instead of in harm’s way.
We’ll take a peek at his former military career
in medals and pictures, tag along to see what a Farrier does and
see a unique picture frame Foldberg creates from horse shoes.
Biography for Lt. Col John D Foldberg,
USMC (Ret) Military Experience:
After serving in the United States Army enlisted ranks, John D Foldberg
attended Western State College in Gunnison Colorado. Upon graduation,
he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps on
August 8, 1980.
His first assignment was with the 3d Battalion,
4th Marines Company I, where he served as a Rifle Platoon Commander,
Weapons Platoon Commander, Company Executive Officer, and Company
Commander. Following this tour he was the Operations Officer for
UNITAS deployment to South America and West Africa, and then was
assigned to Recruiting Station Denver, Colorado where he was the
Operations Officer for three years. After graduation from Amphibious
Warfare School in 1988, he served as a United Nations Military Observer
in Lebanon and Egypt. He and the U.N Military Observers were awarded
the Nobel Peace Prize in 1988 for their peacekeeping efforts in
the Middle East.
In his assignment to 3d Battalion, 7th Marines
in 29 Palms, California he served as Rifle Company Commander for
Company I during combat operations in the Gulf War. Upon selection
for promotion to Major he became the Operations Officer for the
battalion. His next assignment took him to the Marine Corps Institute,
Marine Barracks 8th & I in Washington DC, where he served as
both the department head for Course Development and Operations/Executive
Officer. While at 8th & I, he was one of the ceremonial Parade
Commanders for two seasons. In 1996 attended the Naval Command
and Staff College in Newport, Rhode Island, and graduatied with
highest distinction with a MA in Strategic Studies and National
In preparation for a tour overseas, he attended
the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California to learn
the Greek Language. Once in Athens, Greece, he became the Chief
of the Exercise and Training Division at the Office of Defense Cooperation. While there, he also served as the Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection
Officer, for which he was awarded the Department of Defense Anti-Terrorism
Program Manager of the Year Award in 1998.
Upon returning to the United States, he served
as the Executive Officer for the Marine Corps Support Activity in
Kansas City, Missouri.
Lt. Col Foldberg is a graduate of the Marine Corps’
Basic School, Infantry Officer Course, Amphibious Warfare School,
Naval Command and Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College, Defense
Language Institute, U.S. Army Ranger School, and U.S. Army Airborne
School. He also earned Greek jump wings.
Lt. Col Foldberg has been recognized for valor
or heroism three times, and his personal awards include the Navy-Marine
Corps Medal, the Bronze Star (with combat “V”), the Defense Meritorious
Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Joint Service
Commendation Medal, two Navy Commendation Medals, A Navy-Marine
Achievement Medal, and a Combat Action Ribbon.
He retired from the Marine Corps on Sept 1, 2001
and is currently self employed as a Certified Farrier working in
the northern part of San Louis Obispo County, California.
He has been married to Carrie Machado Foldberg
for 23 years and they have three beautiful daughters C.J., Sandy and
rest of Episode 911