Albert L. “Gator” Stricklen

Lieutenant Albert Stricklen, 6th Platoon, 51st Company Infantry OCS, Fort Benning, Georgia.Rank: 1st Lieutenant

Branch: Infantry

Separation Date: December 5, 1967

Number of Years of Service: 4

Wife’s Name: Lauren; Children: 2; Grandchildren: 2

City and State: Umatilla, Florida

Awards: National Defense Service Medal, Viet Nam Service Medal, Expert Badge W/Rifle, VCM W/60 DEV, 2 O/S Bars, Combat Infantry Badge, Purple Heart W/1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star

Civilian Schools & Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, University of Florida 1968, Master of Agriculture, University of Florida 1970, State of Florida Certified General Appraiser, 1990, Member of Appraisal Institute (MAI), 1992.

Summary of Assignments: Entered US Army in 1964 as a Regular Army recruit. Commissioned as 2nd Lt. in OCS Class 1-66 as of Jan 14,1966. Assigned to 1st Brigade, 9th Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas, Assigned to 2nd Bn./39th Infantry as Rifle Platoon Leader, Also served as 2nd Bn./39th Infantry S-4. Shipped out to Viet Nam with 2nd Bn/39th and served as Rifle Platoon Leader and also S-4 at different times. Transferred to 9th Infantry PX during last month or so of tour of duty. Shipped home at end of tour of duty and got out of Army.

Jobs/Profession following military: Returned to University of Florida and completed Bachelor of Agriculture in 1968. Earned Master of Agriculture in 1970. Worked as production manager on 2,000 acres of citrus; sold agricultural chemicals 1970-1979. Returned to Umatilla and took over family owned groves in 1979.Groves froze and was put out of business in 1985. Started over as an agricultural real estate appraiser. Became State of Florida Certified General Appraiser 1990. Started Stricklen Appraisal Services, P.A. in 1990. Earned membership in the Appraisal Institute with MAI designation October 29, 1992. Continue to own and operate Stricklen Appraisal Services, P.A. in Umatilla, Florida with a state-wide real property appraisal practice specializing in agricultural eminent domain, litigation and estate assignments.

Current hobbies/interests: Hunting, Fishing

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