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Pictures of soldiers; note the M-14 and the M-60 in first picture as well as the mix of uniforms/headgear in the second. The caps have 32nd DIs on them.

The caption says "All right, who stole my M-19" typo for M-16?

 

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Buffalo Grunt

Bob, (rd12)

 

I have a 3rd BN, 32nd INF yearbook (Cougar) from 1969 hat I'd be willing to trade with you .. Do you have any 17th Infantry Reg item/s in your collection that you'd trade for it?

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As I mentioned in an earlier post, Ethiopian emperor Haile Salaisse sent troops to Korea as part of the UN forces. They were battalion strength in size and were attached to the 7th Infantry Division.  They spent some time as Division reserve, but for the most part were an an additional battalion attached to the 32nd IN Regt.  The were equipped with US uniforms, weapons, and equipment and fought very well, earning the respect of the 32nd and were feared by the North Koreans & Chinese.  Here is a collection of Ethiopian insignia from the period; pith helmet badge, collar insignia, combat badges, & shoulder tab. Medals awarded to Ethiopian soldiers included UN medal (in Amharic) Ethiopian Korean Service medal, and Republic of Korea War Service Medal. 

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Buffalo Grunt
2 hours ago, rd12 said:

Photo of book didn’t post, 2nd attempt;

 

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Very Cool ... I wonder if they ever did one on the Colombian Bn?

Thanks for sharing .. 

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Thanks to member SammyT, I was able to add another “skull” to the collection. Here’s the name tapes, pins, etc... all together.

 

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Eric Queen

Great collection. Love it. I think I used to own the jeep flag you have. Came from Jason Hardy many years ago. 

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Thanks, I’m glad you enjoyed looking through it. The jeep flag is one of my favorite pieces.
 

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Fantastic collection! Thanks for sharing and boy would I love for there to be a separate section on the forum for Korean War items as well as one for Vietnam.   Scott

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Tonomachi

I picked up these three beat up photographs at the flea market Saturday.   They are period photos of South Korean soldiers one of whom is wearing a US foul weather OD jacket with I'm guessing a 32nd RCT black lettering on white name tape with the small skull and crossbones above the right pocket since the photograph is reversed.  The first name is Lee and I can't make out the middle name that starts with S and last name that starts with T.

 

 

 

 

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Thanks for adding these photos. It is very hard to find photos of the skull name tapes being worn. I also like the camo ascot in the last photo.

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On 4/19/2021 at 2:01 PM, Tonomachi said:

I picked up these three beat up photographs at the flea market Saturday.   They are period photos of South Korean soldiers one of whom is wearing a US foul weather OD jacket with I'm guessing a 32nd RCT black lettering on white name tape with the small skull and crossbones above the right pocket since the photograph is reversed.  The first name is Lee and I can't make out the middle name that starts with S and last name that starts with T.

 

 

 

 

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I received the following information from forum member Wailuna who had a South Korean linguist friend look at the name tag on the last photograph in an attempt to identify this soldier:

 

My Korean connection was able to ID the SSI of the soldier wearing the camo scarf as the "2nd Recruit Training Center" ca. 1951 to 1956. An image of this SSI is shown below.  Based on this information we can infer that the picture was taken between 1951 and 1956 (IMO the pix. more likely was taken at the end of that period...1955 or 1956).  None of my connection's sources would hazard a guess as to the meaning of the Korean characters on the nametape (you might have better luck with the nametapes if there is a Korean American community near where you live.)
 

 

 

 

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seanmc1114
On 7/7/2015 at 8:38 PM, rd12 said:

Here is a picture of the BN CDR in 1975, he is wearing the same type "recondo" badge that I posted previously in post #48. This is the first time I've been able to find the badge being worn.

 

 

 

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On 8/31/2016 at 9:08 PM, patches said:

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Here's one in use, caption and all, from 1976. An interesting application of badge right, normally these had a cloth equivalent for fatique items with the metal badge reserved for Class As/Khakis, but as we see he wears the metal RECONDO badge, and on the pocket flap rather than commonly on the pocket either the right or left depending on unit and if there's another PP being worn. But from another posting earlier on in this very topic, we do see that this was the spot where it was worn, and worn apparently only in metal.

 

As an aside, don't know who the GI is in the Beret is, don't think he's in the 1/32 inf, probably a Green Beret in on the training right guys?

 

 

As another aside, just now on this EDIT came across these on this GOOGLE Image Search page, they're cloth 32nd RECONDO Arrowheads, in a few different colors from R G R Joe s, Legit???

 

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Metal 32nd Infantry Recondo badge worn by a soldier at Camp Casey during a visit by President Ford sometime in the mid-70's.

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easterneagle87

Some years ago, I posted a fatigue shirt with that little circle, black and white, skull and cross bones patch that was sewn above the right breast pocket. I believe I sold it to a forum member, but can't find the photos I took of the shirt. If you have it, re-post it. This is some pretty interesting information and great photos. 

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I have one such shirt named to “Bondi”, another complete shirt was named to “Thoedorsen” but was unfortunately cut up, and just the tape was sold ( that is pictured above ). It would be great to see if there are more that survived. 

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