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Officers With Marksmanship Badges On Their Dress Uniforms 1930s-Early 1970s


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Captain John Milton Cloninger, Jr.

 

Major Cloninger was "Mr. Wolfhound" aka the "Widow Maker". His WWII and Korean War diaries are in the 25th Infantry Division archives. A newspaper article (not always reliable) noted that he had been wounded four times and has two Silver Stars

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The actor Van Heflin, now I'm not positive if this is him when he was in the Army or if it is from a movie he was in :lol:. His bio states he was a Combat Photographer in the Air Corps, an officer? doesn't say, maybe he was an officer, Field Artillery commissioned then switched to Signal Corps? In any event it's a cool photo, and certainly is in keeping with the many photos seen thus far of both O's and EM's where the badge is worn above the pocket flap rather than in the more familliar position on the flap itself.

 

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And here's another photo of Van Heflin, is this from a film.

 

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Because here he is again, this time with a Expert Badge and AC BOS, on the other hand I haven't seen in his IMDB any wartime movies where he played an officer except one, and that one was an Uncredited role in Land and Live in the Jungle, a Army Survival film.

 

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A officer of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment West Germany circa 1962-63. wears his badge with pride.

 

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Okay, technically this is a warrant officer, but note the crazy placement of his shooting badges. Was this ever in any way regulation?

 

He has three ribbons from his former Naval service (Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal and Navy Unit Commendation) among his personal ribbons,

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Okay, technically this is a warrant officer, but note the crazy placement of his shooting badges. Was this ever in any way regulation?

 

He has three ribbons from his former Naval service (Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal and Navy Unit Commendation) among his personal ribbons,

Now that is really Off the Wall! :lol:, I don't know how on earth he got around post with these like that, unless he was married and lived off post and donned this uniform and went straight to a local civilian photography studio, but on the other hand........ what he didn't know! :lol:

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Col. Earle L. Lewis served as the commander of the 109th Engineer Regiment from its founding in 1923 until his death on 17 September 1941. Col. Lewis suffered a fatal stroke during the famed Louisiana Maneuvers, the series of war games that tested the organizational structure and fighting capabilities of National Guard and regular Army units prior to their World War II deployment, mostly to the European theater. COL Lewis joined the South Dakota National Guard in 1903 and saw duty along the Mexican border and in Europe during World War I. The 109th was first established as a battalion of engineers in 1921, with then Maj. Lewis in command. By 1923 the Army authorized expansion of the 109th to a full regiment.

 

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Infantry School captain. I have seen anecdotes that said officers would typically not wear any badge less than Expert but this officer clearly has a Marksman badge.

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Medical Service Corps lieutenant wearing a basic Marksman Badge on the day of his commissioning from ROTC in 1963.

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Military Intelligence lieutenant from a 1977 Fort Benning OCS class book with former Marine Corps enlisted service wearing a Marine Corps Good Conduct ribbon and Expert Badge.

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Found that every unit commander n the 1969 yearbook for the 1st Armored Division poses for his portrait wearing all his marksmanship badges and all the Q-Bars attached to the badge.

 

 

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I really went overboard in scanning these guys :lol:

 

But I did it cause we see a lot with the Sharpshooter and Marksman Badge, usually we see just the Expert.

 

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