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  1. 2nd Inf Div soldiers could earn the right to wear the division patch as a combat unit shoulder sleeve insignia from 1968 to 1973 if they served north of the Imjin River (e.g., adjacent to or within the DMZ). In 1973, hostile fire pay was discontinued for Korea. Soldiers qualified for HFP if they were assigned north of the Imjin River during a given month. After six months of HFP, they earned an overseas bar for wear on their Class A uniform, and the right to wear the 2nd ID patch on their right sleeve when they departed Korea.
  2. In the 1970s, Tae Kwan Do was a mandatory part of physical training throughout the 2nd Infantry Division (along with the standard push-ups, sit-ups, and run). At least in the direct support Field Artillery battalion I was in, we had one or more Black Belt KATUSA soldiers in each battery. Soldiers could take additional Tae Kwan Do lessons on their own time after duty hours. Many units had Tae Kwan Do teams, and there was competition across the division. Guessing these two are winners of one of those tournaments. Muhammed Ali made a 3-day trip to Korea in late June 1976, including a visit t
  3. In 1978, I had a female sergeant assigned to the Service Battery I commanded in Germany (1st Infantry Division Forward). She was from the Division Support Command element -- and attached to my supply section. She went with my unit to the field just like everyone else in the battery.
  4. Colonel John W. Paddock, Commanding Officer, 155th Airborne Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion, 17th Airborne Division (photo likely taken in the fall of 1944 in England, prior to the division deploying to fight in the Battle of the Bulge).
  5. Colonel Thomas S. Gunby, Executive Officer, 17th Airborne Division Artillery (photo likely taken in the fall of 1944 in England, prior to the division deploying to fight in the Battle of the Bulge). 17th Division Artillery Commander was BG Joseph V. Phelps
  6. The 82nd Airborne Division tended to march to its own drumbeat. In the mid-1970s, the 82nd Abn Div was wearing maroon berets, though they were not authorized by AR 670-1. I (along with three other officers) was sent TDY to the Field Artillery Survey Officer's Course at Ft Sill, OK (target acquisition and surveying in artillery batteries were taught there) in spring 1974. All of us young lieutenants from the 82nd Abn DIVARTY were told when we arrived that we were not permitted to wear the maroon berets while at Ft Sill. We initially told them to pound sand - we were TDY and not assigned to
  7. The 56th Artillery Group (later 56th Artillery Brigade; later 56th Artillery Command) was the Pershing missile unit in Germany from 1964 until the missiles were withdrawn from service after the INF Treaty was signed. The 56th consisted of three Pershing missile battalions (1-41 FA in Schwabisch-Gmund, 3-84 FA in Neckarsulm and Heilbronn, and 1-84 FA in Neu Ulm), plus an infantry battalion for local defense (2-4 Inf with companies in Heilbronn, Kornwestheim, and Neu Ulm), a chemical decon detachment, and a maintenance battalion. To the best of my knowledge, the 2-4 Inf was one of o
  8. Notice on the 6 April 1948 color photo of the return to the Capitol of the national flag which had flown there on 7 Dec 1941, and then been raised over Rome, Berlin, and Tokyo, that the Army colonel on the far right (with back to the camera) is wearing riding breeches and riding boots with spurs. The other officers in the same row on the steps of the Capitol all have on Military District of Washington SSI, and I presume he does as well - though I cannot blow up the picture with enough clarity to be sure. Below is a photo from the other side of the Capitol, showing the officer on the right.
  9. Here is a color newsreel film of MacArthur showing the flag raising at the reopened US Embassy in Tokyo in September 1945. https://archive.org/details/42874MacarthurFootage
  10. Here is a link to a color newsreel film taken during the flag raising in Berlin in July 1945. http://footage.framepool.com/en/shot/356885643-henry-l-stimson-george-patton-flag-ceremony-lucius-clay
  11. On 7 Dec 1941, a Congressman from Texas introduced a motion that the flag flying over the Capitol was to be preserved - and flown over Tokyo once the U.S. had defeated them. When Germany and Italy declared war on the United States, the motion was amended to include Rome and Berlin. This flag was subsequently raised over Rome (on 4 July 1944), Berlin (on 25 July 1945), and Tokyo (in September 1945) - as each was occupied by the U.S. Army. President Truman raised the flag over what later became Clay Kaserne in Berlin when he was in the city for the Potsdam Conference. In this photo (6
  12. Captain Roger Donlon was the first Medal of Honor winner in Vietnam. (He also was the reviewing officer for the annual parade of the 1st Junior ROTC Brigade in El Paso, TX in 1968. Back then, JROTC was mandatory for all high school students in Texas - for at least two years. The 1st JROTC Brigade had 11 battalions of cadets -- one for each high school in El Paso. There was another JROTC Brigade in Ysleta, TX -- just to the south of El Paso -- which had another 10 battalions of cadets. Different times.)
  13. Thanks -- great information.
  14. Noticed that MG Miles is wearing his old colonel's overcoat in both photos (with 5 rows of braid on the sleeve) and a non-regulation sword belt / slings. He also has a distinctive collar trim on the second photo. You cannot see the cuff braid in that photo. In the painting below of LTG Miles, he has clearly designed his own cuff and collar braid, and his own shoulder knots. In the second photo, LTG Miles is wearing a unique white M1902 visor cap (with just two stars above the eagle, even though he was a 3-star at that point) with his full-dress blue uniform.
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