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Posted 13 September 2019 - 04:36 AM

Here is an Expert Infantryman Badge being worn in Vietnam, which was a rare sight. What is interesting about this particular soldier is that he eventually rose to the rank of Command Sergeant Major and his entire career before and after Vietnam was spent in the Infantry, including armored, Ranger and airborne units, but for some reason his sole combat tour was spent in an artillery unit of II Field Force, Vietnam

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Posted 07 October 2019 - 05:24 PM

Came across this pic.
Ribbons look to be DFC, WW2 Vic, WW1 Vic, American Def w/star, AP CAMP w/ silver & bronze star, & Phil Lib.
My guess is that the wearer was in the PI on 8DEC41 as some type of aircrew, even though no wings, and then fought as Infantry.
Picture is from a Clark AB FB page I belong to.Posted Image

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Posted 01 November 2019 - 01:00 PM

Here's a Chaplain Colonel with a CIB and ribbons for service in World War II and Korea. 

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 04:24 PM

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A little more info on this Chaplain, he's one Earl S. Bloxham a Presbyterian Minister.

 

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A native of New York and a veteran of three wars, Earl S. Bloxham served in the U.S. Army for over 34 years, retiring in 1974. During World War II, he served under Patton;s 6th Armored Division seeing action at Normandy, Bastogne, the Battle of the Bulge, the Crossing of the Rhine, as well as being one of the first Allied soldiers to enter and liberate Buchenwald concentration camp. During the Korean Conflict, Earl S. Bloxham served as a Chaplain and participated in Chipyong, the Battle for Old Baldy, and the Battle of Pork Chop Hill. He served in Vietnam and participated in the Tet Offensive of 1968. Additionally, as an Army Chaplain, he smuggled Bibles through Czechoslovakia to the Iron Curtain countries during the height of the Cold War and served as Post Chaplain at Fort Gordon from 1965 to 1967. Col. Bloxhams military medals and decorations include the Combat Infantry Badge, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star with Two Oak Leaf clusters, European Campaign with Five Battle Stars, Korean Service with Three Battle Stars, and Vietnam Campaign with Four Battle Stars, and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm.

 

From my research I found he became a minister after WWII and reentered as a Chaplain some time before the Korean War, he served as Padre in the 2nd Infantry Division Division Artillery.

 

His listing for the award of the Commendation Ribbon, that will be the Commendation Ribbon with Metal Pendant, the award that would in time be called the Army Commendation Medal. Curiously not finding as of yet his command in Vietnam, but did see by 1972 he was appointed Staff Chaplain 1st Army, probably at Fort Meade (1st Army HQ reassigned from Fort Hamilton Brooklyn NY NY to Meade in 1966)

 

 

CPT Earl S Bloxham General Order: 052-53 Award: CR 2nd Infantry Division Division Artillery   CHAPLAIN CORPS  Date Of Action: July 21, 1952

 

 


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Posted 12 November 2019 - 04:50 PM

 

post-1761-0-19861200-1572641996.jpg

 

 

A little more info on this Chaplain, he's one Earl S. Bloxham a Presbyterian Minister.

 

From My Deep Background.

 

 

 

A native of New York and a veteran of three wars, Earl S. Bloxham served in the U.S. Army for over 34 years, retiring in 1974. During World War II, he served under Patton;s 6th Armored Division seeing action at Normandy, Bastogne, the Battle of the Bulge, the Crossing of the Rhine, as well as being one of the first Allied soldiers to enter and liberate Buchenwald concentration camp. During the Korean Conflict, Earl S. Bloxham served as a Chaplain and participated in Chipyong, the Battle for Old Baldy, and the Battle of Pork Chop Hill. He served in Vietnam and participated in the Tet Offensive of 1968. Additionally, as an Army Chaplain, he smuggled Bibles through Czechoslovakia to the Iron Curtain countries during the height of the Cold War and served as Post Chaplain at Fort Gordon from 1965 to 1967. Col. Bloxhams military medals and decorations include the Combat Infantry Badge, the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Bronze Star with Two Oak Leaf clusters, European Campaign with Five Battle Stars, Korean Service with Three Battle Stars, and Vietnam Campaign with Four Battle Stars, and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm.

 

From my research I found he became a minister after WWII and reentered as a Chaplain some time before the Korean War, he served as Padre in the 2nd Infantry Division Division Artillery.

 

His listing for the award of the Commendation Ribbon, that will be the Commendation Ribbon with Metal Pendant, the award that would in time be called the Army Commendation Medal. Curiously not finding as of yet his command in Vietnam, but did see by 1972 he was appointed Staff Chaplain 1st Army, probably at Fort Meade (1st Army HQ reassigned from Fort Hamilton Brooklyn NY NY to Meade in 1966)

 

 

CPT Earl S Bloxham General Order: 052-53 Award: CR 2nd Infantry Division Division Artillery   CHAPLAIN CORPS  Date Of Action: July 21, 1952

 

 

 

Found unit in Vietnam, Staff Chaplain II Field Force Vietnam, May 1967 to April 1968.



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Posted 25 November 2019 - 07:27 PM

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A nice full color portrait of one Normando A. Costello, Major General, Fort Jackson South Carolina, Commanding, was taken in 1958, here we see a custom rack with a custom MINI  CIB all on a Army Green cloth panel.

 

A lot of gaps in searching, but at least we know some units he was in Costello in WWII was the old man of the 346th Infantry, 87th Infantry Division for around two months,  October 1944 to December 1944, before start of the great German Offensive when the Golden Acorn Division enters into combat in the Ardennes.

 

https://history.army...OB/87ID-ETO.htm

 

He next shows up in command of the 319th Infantry, 80th Infantry Division, taking command in February 1945, don't know what he was doing between the time he leaves the 87th Division and comes to the 80th, maybe kicked upstairs a Corps Staff officer for a bit???

 

https://history.army...OB/80ID-ETO.htm

 

His Silver Star

https://valor.milita...ro/102768#57804

 

 

 

Costello mentioned here in an article on the capture of Weimar.

 

https://www.seattlet...wwii-surrender/

 

Costello as we see does not serve in Korean during the war, but does take command of the 7th Infantry Division, probably after he leaves Jackson don;t know no more on his further service in the 1960s.

 

. History of the 7th Infantry Division BAYONET! The BAYONET ...

In October 1985 the Division was resurrected as the 7th Infantry Division (Light) at its old post,. Fort Ord, CA. ... The Regular Army units selected to form the nucleus of the. Div are stationed as ...... Normando Antonio Costello - 1958. Maj. Gen.

 

He passes in 1985 and rests at Fort Benning Georgia.

 

https://www.findagra...ntonia-costello


Edited by patches, 25 November 2019 - 07:28 PM.



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