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A family friend sent me a picture of these badges and requested my help to I.D.

I recognized the top piece as The Order of the Bayonet with a green outline in the circle. There is another with no green outline and is just red.

The bottom piece I have researched, but have not come up with any information. Both I believe are related to the 7th I.D, and exhibit exquisite workmanship.

 

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You are correct that the top badge is the Order of the Bayonet. I have seen the green border above, as well as the all red circle and even a black border. Not sure what the differences are.

 

The bottom badge is very interesting. I have never seen anything like it. I'm really hoping someone here can identify.


Bob Davis
Secretary, Arizona Chapter, The Orders and Medals Research Society
ASMIC Member #5364, OVMS Member #11939
US Army Infantry 2001-2009, OIF/OEF Veteran

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The bottom badge is a "Colombian" Combat Infantry Badge. The Colombian Infantry was attached to elements of the 7th Infantry Division for pretty much the entire Korean War.

 

 

 

A family friend sent me a picture of these badges and requested my help to I.D.

I recognized the top piece as The Order of the Bayonet with a green outline in the circle. There is another with no green outline and is just red.

The bottom piece I have researched, but have not come up with any information. Both I believe are related to the 7th I.D, and exhibit exquisite workmanship.

 

 


Donald E. Shook Jr.

B Company, 4th Battalion, 17th Infantry - Ft Ord, CA 1984-1988

Distinguished Member of the 17th Infantry Regiment

National Infantry Association Order of Saint Maurice

deshook@7thinfantry.com

Embroided Patches For Sale - Embroidered Patches

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I'm interested in anything to do with the 17th Infantry Regiment, and or the 7th Infantry Division and would be interested in buying, trading, or just talking about any items related to these units!

 

 

 

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The Officer's version had a star on the top, center of wreath. Also, when an american soldier (who was awarded the badge) wore the badge, it was worn on the right side, opposed to Colombian personnel. who wore it on the left.

 

 

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Donald E. Shook Jr.

B Company, 4th Battalion, 17th Infantry - Ft Ord, CA 1984-1988

Distinguished Member of the 17th Infantry Regiment

National Infantry Association Order of Saint Maurice

deshook@7thinfantry.com

Embroided Patches For Sale - Embroidered Patches

sig02.jpg

 

I'm interested in anything to do with the 17th Infantry Regiment, and or the 7th Infantry Division and would be interested in buying, trading, or just talking about any items related to these units!

 

 

 

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Very bad picture of the officer's award -

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Donald E. Shook Jr.

B Company, 4th Battalion, 17th Infantry - Ft Ord, CA 1984-1988

Distinguished Member of the 17th Infantry Regiment

National Infantry Association Order of Saint Maurice

deshook@7thinfantry.com

Embroided Patches For Sale - Embroidered Patches

sig02.jpg

 

I'm interested in anything to do with the 17th Infantry Regiment, and or the 7th Infantry Division and would be interested in buying, trading, or just talking about any items related to these units!

 

 

 

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A great picture that I recently found on the internet - an enlisted Colombian soldier circa mid to late 1953 (attached to 17th Infantry Regiment, per DUIs)

Note the enlisted combat Infantry badge and order of the bayonet award on opposite side.

 

 

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Donald E. Shook Jr.

B Company, 4th Battalion, 17th Infantry - Ft Ord, CA 1984-1988

Distinguished Member of the 17th Infantry Regiment

National Infantry Association Order of Saint Maurice

deshook@7thinfantry.com

Embroided Patches For Sale - Embroidered Patches

sig02.jpg

 

I'm interested in anything to do with the 17th Infantry Regiment, and or the 7th Infantry Division and would be interested in buying, trading, or just talking about any items related to these units!

 

 

 

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I learn something everyday here. Amazing.

 

-Ski


In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

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Here's a good picture of the award being worn by LTC Beverly Money Read (1-17 Commanding Officer) Circa late 1953. You can also see the Military Order of the Bayonet being worn by the Major, second from the right.

 

 

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Donald E. Shook Jr.

B Company, 4th Battalion, 17th Infantry - Ft Ord, CA 1984-1988

Distinguished Member of the 17th Infantry Regiment

National Infantry Association Order of Saint Maurice

deshook@7thinfantry.com

Embroided Patches For Sale - Embroidered Patches

sig02.jpg

 

I'm interested in anything to do with the 17th Infantry Regiment, and or the 7th Infantry Division and would be interested in buying, trading, or just talking about any items related to these units!

 

 

 

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Wow. I had no idea. Thanks for the informative posts!


Collecting 3rd Armored Division items of all kinds from all eras, specializing in the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment.

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Here is a picture from a book I have that was printed in Japan in Jan, 1953.

 

LTC Alberto Ruiz-Novoa, Commander, Colombia Infantry Battalion in Korea

 

He assumed command of the Colombian BN on 4 July, 1952. I've had this book for years but never noticed this badge until I was really looking for it! Notice he also wears 31st IN collar brass and DIs. Much like the Ethiopian BN that was attached to the 32ns IN, I assume the Colombians were attached to the 31st?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bob Davis
Secretary, Arizona Chapter, The Orders and Medals Research Society
ASMIC Member #5364, OVMS Member #11939
US Army Infantry 2001-2009, OIF/OEF Veteran

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Excellent Excellent.....Excellent contribution there Buffalo Grunt. Do believe these are the first photos of the Colombian Battalion of the Korean War posted in any forum.

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And some Vets at a Parade in Bogota a couple of years ago, note the 7th Div Order of the Bayonet Badge and the Colombian Combat Infantry Badge worn by some.

 

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Hi everyone, thanks to this thread I was able to identify my mystery badge that I found in a box of badges; it turned out to be the Colombia Combat Infantry badge. Here's some pictures of it:

 

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How come mine has stamping on the back whereas the other one in the first post doesn't? Also, can anyone please give me an indication as to the value of my badge?

 

Many thanks!

 

- Chris

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How come mine has stamping on the back whereas the other one in the first post doesn't?

 

More than likely a manufacture variant hallmark, just like U.S. made stuff, lots of different makers make them.

 

Value of my badge?

 

No Idea personally, I always pay what da man want :lol:.

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The problem I have is that I cannot find any examples for sale on the internet nor can I find any examples that have sold in the past. This is why it was so hard to identify and also why it's so hard to gauge a value of it. Does anyone have any idea what they have sold for in the past? Does anyone here own any examples?

 

- Chris

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I've never seen one for sale, I think value would depend on the buyer in this case. I wanted an Ethiopian Combat Infantry Badge for my 32nd Infantry collection and probably overpaid. Someone who collects KW 7ID items might really want this. I like how your badge is marked. I think it's in the ballpark of $100 - maybe higher. Having the picture above of US soldiers wearing the badge helps.


Bob Davis
Secretary, Arizona Chapter, The Orders and Medals Research Society
ASMIC Member #5364, OVMS Member #11939
US Army Infantry 2001-2009, OIF/OEF Veteran

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The Ethiopian CIB? Looks similar to ourn. This officer from a 1971 photo at the Ft Leavenworth C&GS School has Korean War service, unfortunately the image didn't scan well, but he is wearing that ribbon for well known UN service medal.

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A officer of the Colombian Army and Korea Vet Lt Col Jose J. Rodriquez late 60s.

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