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Nothing Uncommon and Obscure about this being worn in 1953, but it is a great shot of Mark Clark wearing his 5th Army as a "Combat Patch"

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seanmc1114

Here is a member of Company K 75th Infantry, the LRRP unit assigned to the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. He served a previous tour in 1968 with the provisional LRRP unit attached to the 3rd Brigade 82nd Airborne Division after its arrival in Vietnam in 1968 that subsequently became the 78th Infantry Detachment until being redesignated Company O 75th Infantry in February 1969. He is wearing a theater made subdued 82nd Airborne SSI with a subdued LRRP tab over it and unknown pocket patch.    

 

I believe that's a 75th Infantry Regiment DUI patch on the folded up brim on the side of his Aussie hat. 

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Combat Patch.82nd Airborne Division.LRRP Tab.Vietnam.2.jpg

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doyler

Not sure this has been posted. General Westmoreland presenting awards to Thai soldier. Typically we see Westmooreland wearing the 187th RCT  team. Here he is wearing the 9th Infantry patch from his service in WW2 with the 34 Field Artillery Battalion and  later 9th ID staff.

 

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Major Clarence R. Bess, a 1939 West Point graduate, wearing the Philippine Division SSI worn as a combat patch. He was a Bataan Death March survivor and POW from 1942 to 1945. What I find interesting is that by the time this photo was taken in 1946, he had been liberated, attended jump school and made a battalion commander of the Airborne Command.

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1st Cavalry Division with AIRBORNE tab worn by a non-jump qualified artilleryman who had served with the 2nd Battalion 19th Field Artillery as a forward observer with the 1st Battalion 12th Cavalry.  

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The Philippine Division as a Combat patch once again.

 

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He is Robert Besson, West Point 1937, with 2 years prior EM service,  in the PI he was initially in the 57th Infantry (Philippine Scouts) Philippine Division, but was transferred out and became a officer in the Philippine Army that was juuuust forming up, despite him being still a Captain, he was a battalion commander in one of the regiments of Filipino 21st Infantry Division, maybe the 1st Battalion 21st Infantry Regiment of that division, and was with this unit when he became a prisoner.

At this time these two photos are taken he was the Skipper of the 2nd Battle Group 9th Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Benning Georgia. Besson has a 2nd Award of the CIB, he was the C.O. of the 2nd Battalion 7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division in Korea 1950-51.

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His BIO.

 

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Just now, patches said:

The Philippine Division as a Combat patch once again.

 

254929417_robertbesson359.jpg.9f4a46b2eb26046ccf46a9268e5af69b.jpg

He is Robert Besson, West Point 1937, with 2 years prior EM service,  in the PI he was initially in the 57th Infantry (Philippine Scouts) Philippine Division, but was transferred out and became a officer in the Philippine Army that was juuuust forming up, he  despite him being still a Captain, he was a battalion commander in one of the regiments of Filipino 21st Infantry Division, maybe the 1st Battalion 21st Infantry Regiment of that division, and was with this unit when he became a prisoner.

At this time these two photos are taken he was the Skipper of the 2nd Battle Group 9th Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Benning Georgia. Besson has a 2nd Award of the CIB, he was the C.O. of the 2nd Battalion 7th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division in Korea 1950-51.

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His BIO.

 

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Besson's Award Citations for The Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star and Legion of Merit, Besson passes away in 1976.

 

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/6025

 

Also found this for sale.

 

https://www.ima-usa.com/products/original-u-s-wwii-colonel-robert-besson-pow-japanese-interrogation-phonograph-recording-dated-december-1943

 

And he apparently is the younger brother of Lieutenant General Frank S. Besson Jr.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_S._Besson_Jr.

 

 

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Member of the California Army National Guard wearing the 5th Air Force SSI with KOREA tab as a combat patch.

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The next guy in line to the soldier in the post above is seen here wearing the 9th Service Command SSI as a combat patch.

Combat Patch.9th Service Command.1.jpg

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