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I've noticed in some older photos showing US Army personel mostly officers with unit citations worn on the left pocket flap under their decorations. Most of what I've seen are ROK or Phillipine awards. Why were these worn on the left pocket flap rather than over the right pocket where unit citations were traditionally & currently worn by Army personel? Is there a reg that covered that placement?


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Chad C. Rogers

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Since it is a unit citation it should be worn over the right pocket. However, I would say it is split 50/50. Of the four jackets I have that have a KPUC, 2 are below the ribbons on the left chest and 2 are above on the right chest. Since they had just come out I think the regs were not clear/strictly enforced. I think the GIs who put it on their left chest under the US awards treated it as a foreign award.

 

Let me find some pictures...

 

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Okay here we go, each will have a nice little blurb about it.

 

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A little blurry, but you get the idea. This is actually a 25th ID KW service, and after he came home went with the 24th.

 

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I had to restore this one. It is an IX Corps jacket and they got the KPUC. On the inside there were holes and stains from the clutches on the silk lining.

 

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7th ID...not much else to say. The KPUC is upside down, but it came that way.

 

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I'm in the process of restoring the original ribbons to this jacket. Like the IX corp, there were clear holes and stains under the pocket there.

 

That's all for now.

 

Rob


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When the Phillipine and Korean PUC's were first introduced they were worn on the left pocket flap because they were foreign awards and the DoD didn't want them to be on the same level as the US PUC. Im not sure which year they were switched to the right pocket though.


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I believe the switch was made around 1965 or so. I seem to recall seeing a photo of a group of Green Berets escorting the casket of a fallen comrade around 1964/65, and those who had the ROK PUC wore it on their left pocket flap.


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Link here to see a group of 27th Infantry officers being decorated at Schofield Barracks in October 1955. Shown are several examples of the DUC over right pockets and the ROK PUC on left pocket flaps. And link here to see some USAF examples of wearing these same awards in mid-1950s.


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Thank you. I've seen some Phillipino awards worn as such as well. I'd be interested in someone finds that date of when they were moved to with the other unit citations.

 

Another question. When did the USAF moved their citations from the right to left side? Early on? Anyone know of early USAF uniform regs available online?


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Chad C. Rogers

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