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Here's a named M1 liner with helmet that I recently found for $30.00. Named to Pomp Corley.

 

Enlisted ASN as listed on liner: 6399256

Enlisted ASN according to online records: 06399256

Officer ASN according to online records: O-2262320

 

Chester "Pomp" Corley served with the 79th Infantry Division during WWII and the 2nd Infantry Division during the Korean War. His Silver Star action during the Korea War earned him a battlefield commission.

 

His promotion to officer status was not permanent, when he retired he retired at the rank of Sergeant Major (E-9). Enlisted in Jan 1937 and was a First Sergeant (E-7) by Dec 45, by 1951 he is Master Sergeant (E-7) then a 2nd Lt (O-1) rising to the rank of Captain (O-3) before retiring as a Sergeant Major (E-9) in October 1962. Strange way the Army does things.........

 

Awards and decorations that I can figure out from an article on him and from my research. This doesn't take into account, unit awards or awards that aren't medals, no slacker that is for sure!

 

1. Silver Star Medal

2. Bronze Star Medal

3. Purple Heart Medal w/ 2 Oak Leaf Clusters

4. Army Good Conduct Medal

5. American Defense Service Medal

6. American Theater Campaign Medal

7. European, African, Middle Eastern Campaign Medal

8. World War II Victory Medal

9. Army of Occupation Medal

10. National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 Bronze Star Device (Korea and Vietnam)

11. Korea Service Medal (United States)

12. United Nations Medal

13. Republic of Korea Korean War Service Medal

 

14. French Jubilee of Liberty Medal (Not worn on Military Rack)

 

His helmet liner has his pre WWII Service Number painted on it. After his commission he recieved a new Service Number, this is what made the research on him hard.

 

The helmet is a rear seam, manganese steel rimmed Schlueter made helmet (Schlueter only made helmets during WWII). The paint on the helmet appears to be from the Korea War period. The liner is a Firestone made liner, and has the front rivet hole typically found on WWII liners.

 

He served in the US Army during three wars, WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

 

I need to get a period helmet chin strap, and the leather liner strap to restore this helmet.

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Mike in Florida
TSgt, USAF Retired (1986-2008)
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Double post!

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Mike in Florida
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Here's his stone, note as this is not a government stone, who ever did this, maybe on the instructions of his family had Captain put on, aslo nor SSM mentioned.

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Pomp was in the 313th Infantry

 

http://privateletters.net/ARTIFACTS/History_313th_Infantry_WW2.pdf

 

2nd Inf Div in Korea, sub unit so far unknown, as his Regiment is not listed in this find.

 

Corley, 2LT Pomp (2ID)

 

So he will of course have Two Awards of the Combat Infantryman Badge.

 

 

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One fine point, his National Defense Service Medal will be without a star device, NDSM's second award during this period is an oak leaf cluster.

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One fine point, his National Defense Service Medal will be without a star device, NDSM's second award during this period is an oak leaf cluster.

Ah duh, Army uses clusters not stars on the NDSM. Good catch I brain farted there, whereas in the Air Force we use clusters versus stars.

 

I know in Korea he was assigned to Heavy Mortars Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division.

 

His Silver Star Citation:

 

GENERAL ORDERS:

 

Headquarters, 2d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 118 (December 31, 1950)

 

CITATION:

 

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Second Lieutenant (Infantry), [then Master Sergeant] Pomp Corley (ASN: 0-p2262320), United States Army, for gallantry in action as a member of Heavy Mortar Company, 23d Infantry Regiment, 2d Infantry Division, in action against an armed enemy on 31 August 1950 in the vicinity of Changnyong, Korea. On that date Lieutenant Corley, then platoon sergeant of a 4.2 inch mortar platoon, was assigned the mission of rendering supporting fire to a battalion which was surrounded and was under attack by a numerically superior enemy force. Advancing to a forward observation post he exposed himself to intense enemy fire in order to direct the fires of his platoon from this position. When his platoon also became surrounded by enemy forces he inspired his men by his fearless actions to remain in place and continue their devastating fire upon the advancing enemy. Only when his position became untenable did he order a withdrawal. Leading his platoon in a skillful withdrawing action he succeeded in evacuating all his vehicles and weapons and all personnel without sustaining casualties. The gallantry and inspirational leadership displayed by Lieutenant Corley on this occasion reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.


Mike in Florida
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The Star as the device on the NDSM within the Army came into use later though. But be aware, that 1961 date for device is nothing more then a 1960s-1970s-80s retro reg, meaning that the Oak Leaf Device for a second award of the NDSM came out only in 1966,and this 1966 brief below gave the authorization to wear it if one was awarded the first award, and seeing that Corley retired in 1962 would not have had the device on his uniform.

 

The Army directive that implemented the second award of the NDSM (AR 672-5-1, Change 14, dated August 26, 1966).

 

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AR 672-5-1 was revised and reissued twice after the 1966 NDSM change took effect: June 3, 1974, and April 12, 1984, and the oak leaf cluster continued to be the prescribed device to indicate a second award, as shown here (from the 1984 edition).

 

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On February 25, 1995, AR 600-8-22 superseded AR 672-5-1 (April 12, 1984) and changed the Army NDSM second and subsequent award device to the Service Star, as shown here.

 

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AR 600-8-22 was revised and reissued on December 11, 2006, with the service star continuing to be the prescribed device to indicate second and subsequent awards.

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As an example of many, a June 1962 portrait of one Rutland Beard, a WWII, Korea Vet no device on the NDSM, Beard goes on to be awarded a third CIB in Vietnam.

 

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As an example of many, a June 1962 portrait of one Rutland Beard, a WWII, Korea Vet no device on the NDSM, Beard goes on to be awarded a third CIB in Vietnam.

 

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Correct me if I'm in error here. But this is the way we do it in the USAF, and as far as I know the same criteria flows over to other branches.

 

The NDSM was authorized for.......

 

Korean era service Jun 50 to Jul 54

Vietnam era service Jan 61 to Aug 74

 

With him retiring in 62 he would be eligible for the initial NDSM for Korea ear service, then qualified for the second NDSM for Vietnam era service. He retired approximately 21 months after the eligibility period for Vietnam era service opened.

 

I see pictures of a lot of veterans with there ribbon rack not updated. My dad did 26 years and his was a disaster. Not every military member ran out and updated their ribbon rack as soon as the became eligible for an award. Plus if your records aren't updated, you can't wear an award just because you qualify for it. I've had an award take 2 years to make it into my records, so I couldn't wear it until then.


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Correct me if I'm in error here. But this is the way we do it in the USAF, and as far as I know the same criteria flows over to other branches.

 

The NDSM was authorized for.......

 

Korean era service Jun 50 to Jul 54

Vietnam era service Jan 61 to Aug 74

 

With him retiring in 62 he would be eligible for the initial NDSM for Korea ear service, then qualified for the second NDSM for Vietnam era service. He retired approximately 21 months after the eligibility period for Vietnam era service opened.

 

I see pictures of a lot of veterans with there ribbon rack not updated. My dad did 26 years and his was a disaster. Not every military member ran out and updated their ribbon rack as soon as the became eligible for an award. Plus if your records aren't updated, you can't wear an award just because you qualify for it. I've had an award take 2 years to make it into my records, so I couldn't wear it until then.

Focusing strictly on the 1950-54 and 1961-74. The 1966 brief is the official start date of the reinstatement of the National Defense Medal for that time period, it ceased to be awarded back in 1954, the 1961 date is the retroactive date for eligibility of the reinstated NDSM, meaning that anyone currently in 1966 serving gets the NDSM, that includes trainees who just graduated Basic or Boot, these guys genreally start wearing them in short order, usually after they get to their first unit. and if one was in the 50-54 period, then they receive a second award and wear the device, the 61 date is a mere formality really.

 

Taking Capt Beard as an example, we see he is not wearing a device in this 1962 portrait (I can post many many more examples taken in 1962 through 1966), cause the NDSM was not awarded at this time, sometime in the summer say of 1966, Beard and every one else who was in Korea or in the service in that period (One didn't need to be in Korea fighting to get one), upgrades his medal with a Oak Leaf or Star if in the Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard, the Air Force uses a star too.

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