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Armor officer awarded a CIB while serving as an adviser to a South Vietnamese unit.

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Here is LTG Julian Ewell. This picture dates from 1966 when he was still a MG. Note he is wearing a miniature badge, and it is below his ribbon rack which is somewhat unusual by this date.

 

Assignments of note include; Commanded 3rd Battalion, 501st PIR during Normany Invasion (1st combat jump) and Market Garden (2nd combat jump), Regimental Commander of 501st PIR during the Battle of the Bulge, Commanded 9th Infantry Regiment in Korea, 1953 (I assume this is where he earned 2nd CIB), Commanded 9th ID in Vietnam 1968-69. It was here he earned the nickname "Butcher of the Delta" for his reported obsessive focus on body counts. Vietnam controversy aside, a true American warrior who saw quite a bit of combat. More information here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Ewell

 

 

 

 

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Secretary, Arizona Chapter, The Orders and Medals Research Society
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1st Sergeant of Company D 1st Battalion 12th Cavalry of the 1st Cavalry Division wearing a second award of the CIB in Vietnam

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9th Infantry Division soldier in Vietnam wearing subdued U.S. made name and Army tapes and SSI with a full color theater made embroidered CIB.

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More 101st Airborne troopers

Interesting they were pinned on horizontally on the pocket flaps there, no doubt much more easier and convenient then doing a Capt Parmenter :lol:

 

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Screen shot of Retired General Of The Army Omar N. Bradley wearing a CIB on his khakis at a luncheon in his honor in Hawaii in 1976. Technically, he was not eligible for the award.

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Screen shot of Retired General Of The Army Omar N. Bradley wearing a CIB on his khakis at a luncheon in his honor in Hawaii in 1976. Technically, he was not eligible for the award.

He's wearing DIs, do you know what they are?

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He's wearing DIs, do you know what they are?

 

 

I think they are the EAGLES worn by the General of the Army


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I think they are the EAGLES worn by the General of the Army

Yeah that's probably what they are.

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Here's a neat picture pulled from eBay, only marked "Esslingen, Germany 1948" on back.

Nice custom ribbon rack and what looks like could be a bevo weave CIB.

 

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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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Think it's alright to add this one as there's no dedicated topic on this, one Major William E. Berzinec wearing a Mini EIB, photo taken in 1965 at Leavenworth C&GS College.

 

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Berzinec would go on to earn a CIB, earned it the hard way I regret to report.

 

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found this online, sewn on CIB on i think beogams or cloud print?

 

Vietnam, May 1970- American captain Dennis Muchlstedt working two phones while attempting to contact units of 9th Infantry Division who are on patrol in the South Vietnamese-Cambodian border area.

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'A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon'

 

Always looking for Vietnam War US Special Forces/MACV-SOG jungle shirts/uniforms and OG107 Shirts/uniforms.

 

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Two soldiers, probably instructors, receiving their CIB's at Fort Benning in July 1944. They probably transferred back stateside as instructors after early combat tours in either the South Pacific or North Africa//Sicily/Italy.

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Actor Fess Parker, best known for his roles as Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone is pictured on a handshaking tour at Da Nang, Vietnam in 1970.

 

Obviously the CIBs are not his as he has a bunch of badges on his jungle jacket, he was a marine in ww2. Of note is the Australian slouch hat hes carrying as well.

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'A soldier will fight long and hard for a bit of colored ribbon'

 

Always looking for Vietnam War US Special Forces/MACV-SOG jungle shirts/uniforms and OG107 Shirts/uniforms.

 

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The CIB in Combat in Korea late summer of 1952, 40th Inf Div I believe, here the CIB is visible on at least two of the men.

 

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This is a screen shot from an Army video from the early 60s showing a drill sergeant candidate at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Note he is wearing the wool uniform which I have noticed seemed to be fairly common at Dix among DIs. Of special note to this topic is that he is wearing a full size metal Master Parachutist Badge but a miniature CIB which may have a star representing a second award. I can't make out whether the CIB is metal pin on or direct embroidered. It kind of looks like the latter to me but that would seem odd given that his Parachutist Badge is metal pin on.

Any more Info on this Noncom Sean? I think he may be a Three Time awardee of the CIB.

 

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Soldiers of the 199th Infantry Brigade in Vietnam sometime in 1969 or 1970. The lieutenant on the left is probably a platoon leader, so I assume the soldier on the right is a platoon sergeant, although it could be a company commander and field first sergeant. In any event, note the soldier on the right has a CIB with star on his boonie cap. It's hard to tell, but the CIB may be theater made.

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Specialist 5 of the 1st Special Forces Group wearing both the CIB and CMB. Lack of National Defense Service Medal ribbon indicates this was probably 1964 or prior and he served in Vietnam, Laos or both.

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One more Mini CIB sighting, one Major Thomas F. Sheehan S-3 1st Battalion 74th Infantry 1956, an interesting one, can't find no more on him, ETO/MTO, got the Silver Star, two Big Hearts (Scarring on the face, maybe hit in the face one time?), and a Good Conduct Medal, maybe a WWII Battlefield Commission, Infantry?, Tanks? he's got 4 Stars on the Korean Service medal, But if Infantry in WWII why no 2nd Award CIB for Korea right. He's apparently out of the army by 1967, as he doesn't show in either the Active or Reserve O Registry for that year.

 

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Screenshots from an awards ceremony on April 7, 1969 where General Charles Bonesteel, commanding general of the Eighth Army, presented the Combat Infantry Badge to a sergeant of the 2nd Battalion 23rd Infantry. The description of the footage states that this was the first award of the CIB in Korea since July 1969. Notice the variety of theater made SSI.

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Another shot just to show of the theater made SSI.

Great photos sean.

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