JUST WANTED TO SHOW THIS PATCH. FIRST ONE I HAVE HAD. IT IS ABOUT AN INSIDENT THAT HAPPENED IN 1976 . THANKS
PANMUNJON TREE CUTTERS ASSN PATCH 9TH INFANTRY
Posted 12 May 2018 - 04:21 PM
RANK WAS PINED TO PATCH AND THE BASE OF THE TREE AND THE 9TH DI WAS ATTACHED UNDER THAT
Posted 12 May 2018 - 06:05 PM
Instead of barely mentioning the "incident at Panmunjom:, perhaps it would be more illuminating to share the facts with your audience.
On 18 Aug 1976, US and ROK soldiers were trimming a tree on the DMZ due to its' blocking the view of UN observers into the north. Two US officers, Capt Arthur Bonifas and iLT Mark Barrett, both unarmed (a "legal requirement based on the numbers of US and ROK personnel) led the work.
More than a dozen NK soldiers angrily ordered the work detail to stop, telling the detail the tree had allegedly been planted by Kim Il-Sung, the grandfather of the current president of NK. The work party ignored the NK soldiers, and then a NK army truck drove up with approx. 20 more soldiers. The work detail was again ordered to stop, and when they did not, the NK soldiers were ordered by one of their officers to attack the work detail with axes.
Both Bonifas and Barrett were murdered by the NK soldiers. Most of the work detail was wounded in the assault. The two US officers' took the brunt of the attack.
Adds more interest to your artifacts.
Tensions were extremely high, and three days later, a well armed US and ROK work detail thoroughly trimmed the tree. The NKs stood by and glared but did nothing.
The remains of the tree were left standing for several years before it was replaced with a monument.
Posted 16 May 2018 - 09:07 PM
I POSTED UNDER WHAT IS IT WORTH AND SOMEONE SAID IT MAY BE A CURRENT FAKE. IS THIS A FAKE PATCH OR ORIGINAL. THANKS ED
Posted 17 May 2018 - 05:00 PM
Just my opinion I do not like it because it has that I have been made to look old to it.I have never seen one but you asked for opinion so I gave mine.Other member please chime in.Scotty
Posted 20 May 2018 - 11:46 AM
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