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Really strange bird or rather CIB!!! I don't think it is a fading problem as ribbons and CIB look too fresh & crisp. Maybe Theater made and the tailor misunderstood what color the original owner requested on the CIB background color and he (wearer) said "what the heck". Very surprised (wearer) he got away with wearing this "loose goose" unauthorized CIB but judging from the others we have seen on this great thread so did a lot of others.

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Here's a picture of an interesting Bullion CIB I pulled from eBay; 37th ID SSI on right sleeve, CBI SSI on left sleeve, 147th Infantry DIs - but the CIB is redish/pink color.

Did the GI just want something that stood out? Is there meaning behind the color? Was he Artillery and switched to Infantry?

 

 

It appears to have been made with a pink background.

Pink goes well with the light blue panties.

 

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Here's a badge I picked up awhile back that I think is Italian made. Wreath is made from cordage or piping of some sort.

 

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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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Here's another odd one. This started out as a German BEVO CIB. The rifle and blue background was cut out and sewn to a tan backing. Bullion was then added for the border and the wreath.

This could have done for wear on the khaki shirt of perhaps summer/khaki dress uniform. I'm not sure where this piece was made. Very strange heavy wool backing.

 

 

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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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German BEVO CIB for comparison;

 

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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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Here is a close up of that pink CIB, minus the young aspiring model:

 

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A more detailed discussion of it is on the UA CIB thread:

 

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/303577-unauthorized-combat-infantryman-badges/page-4

 

One thing of note, now that I have the actual uniform in hand, is that the pink CIB is not the result of fading. As MECHINF-A15 noted, the ribbons underneath the CIB are not faded ... you would expect both the CIB and the ribbons to have equal fading or not. So, the pink color is intentional ... unfortunately, I have no idea why.

Looking for:

 

1. CIB with M16 instead of 1795 Musket

2. Rarer current era brassards and armbands

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this!

 

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Looking for:

 

1. CIB with M16 instead of 1795 Musket

2. Rarer current era brassards and armbands

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this!

 

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Here are two CIBs I bought at the Mesa Military Show this weekend - Vietnam era hand embroidered and a German-made bullion badge directly embroidered on an Ike jacket.

 

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Bob Davis
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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RD12, that German bullion sewn directly to the Ike is totally awesome!

 

Here are two CIBs I bought at the Mesa Military Show this weekend - Vietnam era hand embroidered and a German-made bullion badge directly embroidered on an Ike jacket.

 

 

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RD12, that German bullion sewn directly to the Ike is totally awesome!

 

 

 

Thanks, I don't recall ever seeing one directly embroidered like this before. It's on a jacket to a 71st DIV soldier.

 

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ASMIC Member #5364, OVMS Member #11939
US Army Infantry 2001-2009, OIF/OEF Veteran

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Nice variety Bill, the CIB with ribbon rack is a good find.

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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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I was searching the www and come across this.

 

https://witherells.com/lot/us-aviators-medals-incl-3-medal-groups-and-2-navy-crosses-in-3-frames-3162657

 

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I'm searching for my collection:
White House Service badge and certificate
Presidential Service and Vice Presidential Service badges and certificates
Army Staff (former General Staff) badge, certificate and collar insignia, DoD and JCS badges
Aide de Camp collar insignia ( Army, USAF, USMC )

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Interesting group, Michael. Too bad that website apparently does not have the name of the guy who earned all of those ribbons in WWII and Korea.

Looking for:

 

1. CIB with M16 instead of 1795 Musket

2. Rarer current era brassards and armbands

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this!

 

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Here is a cloth CIB I picked up this past weekend at the show in Pomona. I've been looking for one of these for awhile. This badge (embroidered on heavy material) was probably produced near MacDill AFB, CENTCOM Headquarters during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. See the discussion here; http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/250839-centcom-majors-dcu-theatre-made-patches/?p=2492428

 

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ASMIC Member #5364, OVMS Member #11939
US Army Infantry 2001-2009, OIF/OEF Veteran

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I have seen plenty of CIB challenge coins, but they were all round. This is the first one I have seen that is in the actual shape and size of the CIB (although the bar and musket are both a bit thin):

 

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Looking for:

 

1. CIB with M16 instead of 1795 Musket

2. Rarer current era brassards and armbands

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this!

 

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Silverman Brothers: The standard reference CIB book by Michael Tucker lists SB as Silverman Brothers in Rhode Island. Archibald and Charles Silverman were jewelry die makers from 1926 until 1965.

Looking for:

 

1. CIB with M16 instead of 1795 Musket

2. Rarer current era brassards and armbands

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this!

 

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