Posted 05 October 2007 - 05:31 PM
Posted 05 October 2007 - 06:28 PM
Posted 05 October 2007 - 06:35 PM
The only authorized cords are the French Fourragere (two different for different number of awards) Belgian Fourragere and the Netherlands Orange Lanyard. There are also gold Aiguillettes worn by White House Aides and the blue infantry cord that started in the 1950s. Anything else are ROTC, Military School, band, or fantasy
Actually, there were 3 different French fourrageres, the Belgian, the Dutch Orange Lanyard and an RVN red/yellow fourragere too. The latter was converted to a unit citation ribbon later.
The FSSF wore a red/white/blue shoulder cord too.
Posted 05 October 2007 - 08:08 PM
Posted 05 October 2007 - 08:29 PM
We can argue all we want about what was authorized vs not autorized, but these are the "cords" that I can think of off the top of my head.
1. Braided green with red flecks or stripes- French fourragere to the Croix de Guerre
2. Braided green with yellow flecks or stripes- French fourragere to the Medalle Militaire
3. Braided red with green stripes (also shows up as pink) Belgain fourragere to the Croix de Guerre.
4. Orange single cord- Order of Willem Knight 4th class- aka the Dutch Orange Lanyard
5. Braided red white and blue cord- First Special Service Force (once you've handled a couple of real ones, you won't be fooled by a fake)
6. Braided red, white & black cord- RCAF usage but worn unofficially by many US troops on Occupation duty in Germany
7. Red and yellow braided fourragere- Republic of Vietnam (SVN) fourragere to the Cross of Gallantry (awarded and worn though later forbidden by regulation)
8. Red braided cord- Royal Thai Parachute brevet. Forbidden for wear to US forces though occassionally encountered.
The Gold cords are worn by aides to General officers in the army, flag officers in the navy.
Posted 06 October 2007 - 06:56 AM
There may have been another, quite obscure, given by Luxemburg -- yellow and blue I think. If I recall correctly these went only to a small unit or two.
The gold cords worn by attaches and aides are called aguilettes (sic) and are a symbol of office.
I think I can photo and post pix of examples of all (except the FSSF and Lux) of these -- but not till tomorrow at least. Can anyone else get something going photowise sooner?
Edited by Gil Sanow, 06 October 2007 - 07:26 AM.
Posted 06 October 2007 - 07:02 AM
Posted 06 October 2007 - 07:25 AM
These are worn either as a full cord or partial, depending on the uniform being worn at the time.
Posted 06 October 2007 - 06:27 PM
I was able to dig up a couple of photos of the coat in question. I apologize for the poor quality of the photos; they were taken with a cell phone. However, I can try to get better photos of the shoulder cords in the next couple of days. The one on the left shoulder is red/white/black. I知 not 100% sure of the color on the right. I know it has some white/red in it, but I can稚 remember if there are any other colors. Also of note is the Germany bar on the Occupation ribbon.
Posted 06 October 2007 - 09:29 PM
I have a 5th Army,2nd Lt. ike jacket.It has a black/yellow-gold shoulder cord on the left sleeve.I have owned it for around 20 years and have no idea what the cord is.Nothing stands out on the ike.There is a purple heart ribbon on the ribbon bar.The 5th Army patch is a standard US made cotton patch.No combat patch on the right sleeve and no name or Serial number.
Posted 07 October 2007 - 07:45 AM
If the other is red/white/black, it could be some sort of variation of the Berlin Brigade cord. I will post a good one later today if all goes well.
Posted 07 October 2007 - 02:13 PM
Posted 07 October 2007 - 06:30 PM
Posted 07 October 2007 - 06:42 PM
In the meantime, here's a shot of the Belgian C de G fourragere. These are WW2, and are similar to the French WW2 version, but with the colors reversed. Red is dominant, with green flecks. Sometimes the red is more pinkish.
This particular one is actually Belgian-made. It appears on the uniform of BG Clare Hibbs Armstrong who commanded "Antwerp X", the anti-aircraft defenses of Antwerp. He was later attache to Belgium.
Posted 08 October 2007 - 08:28 PM
The French C de G fourrageres were awarded to units twice cited in the orders of the French Army. A unit cited twice again received the MM fourragere. I belive several 1st Div units received it in WW2 though their first citations were in WW1.
Posted 08 October 2007 - 08:34 PM
First is an occupation era 16th Infantry LT's Ike with the MM fourragere.
Second is a 327th GIR Ike with both the Belgian C de G fourragere and the Dutch Orange Lanyard.
Third is a Korean War era 9th Infy Ike with both the Infantry cord and the WW1 French C de G fourragere.
Note also that the infantry blue cord is worn with matching disc backgrounds indicating a combat-ready unit.
Posted 08 October 2007 - 08:40 PM
Posted 08 October 2007 - 08:43 PM
Posted 08 October 2007 - 08:45 PM
Posted 08 October 2007 - 08:49 PM
These gold cords were worn on the left shoulder by attaches and on the right by aides to generals, secretaries and the president. This is the full dress style. In recent times there has also been a service aiguilette which is a single braided cord and "pencil"on the Army green uniform and on the blues when the four-in-hand necktie and ribbons are worn.
Posted 09 October 2007 - 02:48 AM
THanks for sharing those images of the cords- fourrageres and aguillettes too. My only comment is that the fourragere to the Medalle Militaire really isn't very commion. IIRC, only the infantry regiments of the 1st Infantry Division earned them having been cited twice for the Croix de Guerre in World War I and twice in World War II.
One other "cord" that I thought of is the Distinctive Insignia of the Old Guard. It is a black leather strap with buff leather intertwined down the center.
Posted 09 October 2007 - 04:19 AM
Posted 09 October 2007 - 05:24 AM
Edited by Allan H., 09 October 2007 - 05:26 AM.
Posted 09 October 2007 - 06:32 AM
Posted 09 October 2007 - 01:46 PM
Edited by collector, 09 October 2007 - 01:56 PM.
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