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The WWII, Korea, Vietnam 3rd Award Combat Infantryman Badge Holders, Photos and Biographies


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21 minutes ago, patches said:

Some updates on Sturm, Some gaps, but great additions.


C.O. of a Service Company in the 253rd Infantry 63rd Infantry Division, 


In Korea C.O. of Company E 23rd Infantry 2nd Infantry Division.




This OCS page has him as only a 2nd Award, note the 1st Battalion 9th Infantry Division Korea, this may be a typo, and was supposed to say 1st Battalion 9th Infantry. So disregard the previous on him as this site was found afterwards, and is in conflict with his OBIT hich says he was in Vietnam as a Battalion Commander.



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On 12/13/2017 at 10:51 PM, patches said:

221. ROBINSON, Robert M


A curious one, can find no Robert M. Robinson in either the Active or Reserve Officer Registries of 1968 or 69


Did find a Robert M. Robinson in WWII He was in the 505th PIR in WWII as an enlisted man.




Robinson, Robert M., USA - Awarded: SS - World War II



Could this one really in fact be Robert H. Robinson??


This from the January 1969 Active Officers Registry.





This Robert H. Robinson co wrote a 1966 article for The Infantry Magazine called The Battlefield:A Gameboard. So it could be Robert H, rather than Robert M



No other info on units in Korea or Vietnam or anything else in fact.


His shirt from the late 60s at any rate, post originally by member andrei.




On 12/13/2017 at 11:34 PM, patches said:

Another frustration, Robert H. Robinson we see from this 1 January 1966 entry is he went to the Command & General Staff College 1963, I have this yearbook, but he ain't in it :wacko: Also that he was a LT Col TEMP from 1962 so where does this Major shirt come into play then, as it has the characteristics of being one worn in the 67-70 period :blink: Did he wear a shirt with his PERM Grade of Major sometimes??? Strange Huh. I'll check my other yearbooks, perhaps the 63 date for the C&GS College is a typo.



I found the following information about Robert mercer Robinson on a Facebook militaria page.

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11 hours ago, seanmc1114 said:


I found the following information about Robert mercer Robinson on a Facebook militaria page.

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Thank You Sean!

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On 1/8/2018 at 9:01 PM, patches said:

258. STRUGALA, Edward R.


In WWII 99th Infantry Division, Korea and Vietnam, no info.



Found that Strugala was Sergeant Major of the 3rd Battalion 21st Infantry 196th Infantry Brigade (Sep) 1966-67.

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On 8/29/2016 at 10:18 PM, patches said:

105. GRANGE, David E.,Jr.








The oft talked about David Grange Jr and his late 70s direct embroidered Tapes and Qualification badges and Stars on his fatiques.


He's still with us at 91 years of age. He was at Benning when I went through in Jan-April 80 for Basic and AIT.



As 3rd Brigade 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile) in 1971.






Some more pictures of General Grange, including a better shot of one of the pictures shown in the original post.


Most of the biographical sketches I have read on the general state that he made three combat parachute jumps, one in World War II (Southern France) and two in Korea. However, all of the photos I have seen show him with only two combat jump stars on his Parachutist Badge. 

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On 1/21/2018 at 10:55 PM, patches said:

Eugene Kelley Jr



According to this, gives 3 CIBs, says Battlefield Commission in WWII. This gives a thumb nail sketch. Not known which unit he was in in WWII or Korea. Note how they omitted either MTO/ETO and or PTO Ribbon.





One of his assignments in Vietnam


This from the 5th SF GP (A) Command Section Roster


Kelley Eugene Jr LTC 07/04/67 06/16/68


On 1/22/2018 at 12:05 AM, patches said:

Believe his assignment before 5th SF GP was that of the 1st Military Intelligence Battalion (Air Reconnaissance Support) (1st MIBARS). In the one photo of Kelley we see he's wearing a subdued 3rd Infantry Division Combat Patch, which is very rare for Vietnam, whether it's for WWII or Korea?






Here is a photo of Brigadier General Eugene Kelley, Jr. while commanding the U.S. Army Intelligence School between 1975 and 1977. It is possible that his branch was technically Military Intelligence when he earned his third CIB in Vietnam as he served as deputy commander of the 5th Special Forces Group between assignments as commander of the 1st Miltary Intelligence Battalion and 66th Military Intelligence Group. 


Here is his bio from the Military Intelligence Museum Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=pfbid0w1XNSpv9fPTGMmpMuzxPpz8h5Vt2SgKy8JGRHTf9fog2L6b828xsdhj7PNRWU2aDl&id=100975972300716



11 August 1975

On 11 August 1975, Brig. Gen. Eugene “Gene” Kelley, Jr., took command of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School (USAICS) at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. His two-year tenure as the commanding general coincided with a significant Army intelligence reorganization that included the consolidation of all intelligence training under USAICS.


In 1942, at the age of eighteen, Gene Kelley was drafted into the U.S. Army as an infantryman. Assigned to 2d Battalion, 386th Infantry, 97th Infantry Division, he earned his first of three Combat Infantryman Badges in the latter part of World War II. Having received a battlefield commission, Kelley decided to remain in the Army after the war. He served in the Korean War, attended the Infantry advanced course, and completed the area studies, strategic intelligence, and imagery intelligence courses at the U.S. Army Intelligence School at Fort Holabird, Maryland. In 1966, he deployed to Vietnam for back-to-back assignments as commander, 1st Military Intelligence Battalion (Air Reconnaissance Support), and deputy commander, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. Kelley then served as commander, 66th MI Group; assistant deputy director for human resources, Defense Intelligence Agency; and director of intelligence operations, Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Intelligence.


On 11 August 1975, General Kelley assumed command of USAICS, replacing Brig. Gen. Harry H. Hiestand, who had departed the schoolhouse in mid-July. Kelley’s first task was to prepare USAICS for consolidation, along with other branch schools, under one of the Army’s newest major commands, the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC). To fit the standardized school model, USAICS created separate training and combat development directorates and established its School Brigade as the single command, staff, and support element for the entire center. The brigade and its three battalions moved their headquarters in the newly constructed Riley Barracks.


At the same time, the Army renewed its focus on the Soviet Union and produced new doctrine to ensure the Army could “win the first battle of the next war.” To support this effort, the Intelligence Organization and Stationing Study (IOSS) sought to develop a more coordinated and effective structure for all Army intelligence, integrating electronic warfare and intelligence and placing emphasis on tactical levels of combat at corps and below. This drove USAICS’ concepts, doctrine, and material developments, as well as training.


While Combat Electronic Warfare and Intelligence battalions were being organized for each of the Army’s combat divisions, General Kelley directed USAICS to reorient training to this tactical emphasis. Under his direction, USAICS stood up tactical counterintelligence courses, developed the Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield concept, and began training officers how to integrate intelligence from all sources. The final piece was integrating signals intelligence and electronic warfare taught at the Army Security Agency Training Center and School (ASATC&S) at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, into USAICS’ combat intelligence training. Consequently, on 1 October 1976, General Kelley oversaw the realignment of the ASATC&S under USAICS’ command and its redesignation as the U.S. Army Intelligence School Devens.


When General Kelley relinquished command to Brig. Gen. Albert Stubblebine on 1 August 1977, he reflected on the “landmark” progress made over the previous two years. After lamenting that the previous separation of the “various sub-elements of intelligence…sometimes led to less than satisfactory combat effectiveness,” General Kelley praised the “joining of intelligence under one command structure within TRADOC.” He predicted it would “increase the overall efficiency and increase our ability to stay abreast of technology and thus provide the field commander with a multiplier of combat power.”

—Lori S. Stewart, USAICoE Command Historian


Photo: Brig. Gen. Eugene Kelley, Jr., USAICS commander, (right) with Col. William C. Powell, deputy commandant, USAISD, following the consolidation of the ASATC&S with USAICS"

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On 11/25/2017 at 10:58 PM, patches said:

192. NIST, Cecil W.,Jr.


Nist was a West Point Grad, class of 1951? Did he serve as an enlisted man in WWII. Seems so, in the 77th Infantry Division.





And this is his Father, also a West Pointer. note he was in the 77th Infantry Division as well for a spell in WWII, probably a Battalion Commander (Says Regimental), Nist Senior also commanded the 7th Cavalry 1st Cavalry Division in the Pusan Perimeter.



Nist Jr was in the 23rd Infantry, 2nd Infantry Division in Korea, belieave GO below is for a award of the Bronze Star.

1LT Cecil W Nist Jr General Order: 115-53 Award: CR 2nd Infantry Division 23rd Infantry Regiment D CO Date Of Action: September 17, 1952






Can't find much on Nist Jr in Vietnam, he was some kind of staff officer in 1971, on a second tour we should think.



Nist Jr's Wife's OBIT



He passed in 2021 at 95, here's his Academy portrait with CIB No 1, and his Ribbons. From his OBIT, he may have been a MACV Advisor.

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On 6/8/2018 at 9:12 PM, patches said:

William Bull,


Came across this from the May 1982 issue of SOLDIERS, a magazine I remember looking at when I was in, and now just got it again. A article on William Bull in that he was the first recipient of the Expert Infantryman Badge, Bull at this time was a Technical Sergeant in Company A, 399th Infantry 100th Infantry Division, in the article as you'll see (You'll have to zoom in on it to see narrative better) it gives his story to a great degree, member of the V for Victory War Show, an award of the Soldiers Medal etc etc, also stating he was not only in WWII with the 100th Infantry Division, but in Korea, 1st Cavalry Division 1950-51, and in Vietnam 25th Infantry Division 1968-69, and I quote "By the time of his retirement in April 1972, Bull added to his chest the Bronze Star with valor device, a two star Combat Infantryman Badge"



Buts that's where the info drops off curiously, no listing of the Soldiers Medal don't even see an Obit, only find few references to him online, no regiment in the Cav in the Korean War, or battalion in the 25th Div in Vietnam, the only finds so far being the mention of his EIB, and a course named after him with the EIB Test. The article only has two great WWII photos of him, but unfortunately no photo of him when he retired. So we'll make him as it stands right now one more 3rd Award recipient who didn't make it to the list.


Have to post the pages in two postings as they are too large for the one post, and I don't want to make them any smaller then they are.



A portrait of him in 1942 when he was in the V for Victory War Show, at this time he is a staff Sergeant

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