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This grouping represents the service of the ONLY USMA Graduate who was a POW prior to graduating from West Point. During WWII he was an enlisted man serving with the "Golden Lions" , the 422nd Infantry , 106th Infantry Division who was captured during the Battle of the Bulge.

 

The most interesting piece is his USMA Cadet robe which he put a number of pieces of his insignia on. The CIB is ususual because the background is USAF blue, since that was his branch of service after he graduated.

 

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That is awesome.Thank you for sharing

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Interesting badge Bill, pins on back look Japanese.

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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I've been looking for a 3rd award Sterling for awhile now. Found this pretty reasonable. Is this a gemsco Hallmark?

 

Yes, G22 is for GEMSCO. Nice badge.

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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This rare German-made badge ( L.CHR.Lauer ) sold on eBay recently. These don't show up very often at all.

I have seen some that look identical in every detail except they lack the maker stamp. I believe that the same firm made

these but didn't mark them. I saw a CIB like this on a uniform at the SOS a few years back with DIs from the Nuremburg Trial.

The DIs were also marked "L.CHR.LAUER". This makes me think the early badges were marked, and later runs were not.

Just speculation though.

 

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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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This rare German-made badge ( L.CHR.Lauer ) sold on eBay recently. These don't show up very often at all.

I have seen some that look identical in every detail except they lack the maker stamp. I believe that the same firm made

these but didn't mark them. I saw a CIB like this on a uniform at the SOS a few years back with DIs from the Nuremburg Trial.

The DIs were also marked "L.CHR.LAUER". This makes me think the early badges were marked, and later runs were not.

Just speculation though.

 

 

I have a couple Lauer DI's on my Ike like you described above.

 

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Here's a nice one I was able to add to my collection, first one I've found marked like this.

Williams & Anderson in STERLING. My other W & A badges just have the logo and letters "GI".

 

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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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I believe Korean made. Very nice CIB.

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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I have this CIB in my collection and have seen a handful of others over the years.

 

 

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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 never sure what time period it was from, but I came across this picture of a 1st ID ( 18th IN Regiment ) on occupation duty after the war. If you look at his CIB you will see the same SSI pin on his CIB.

 

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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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This rare German-made badge ( L.CHR.Lauer ) sold on eBay recently. These don't show up very often at all.

I have seen some that look identical in every detail except they lack the maker stamp. I believe that the same firm made

these but didn't mark them. I saw a CIB like this on a uniform at the SOS a few years back with DIs from the Nuremburg Trial.

The DIs were also marked "L.CHR.LAUER". This makes me think the early badges were marked, and later runs were not.

Just speculation though.

 

 

Nice badge.

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I picked up a nice little collection of CIBs this week, mostly common badges but there were a few interesting ones;

 

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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 a better look at the boxed GEMSCO badge;

 

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Secretary, Arizona Chapter, The Orders and Medals Research Society
ASMIC Member #5364, OVMS Member #11939
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And this interesting boxed CIB, US made I'm thinking, but not gov't contract. No maker's marks.

Probably 1960's-70's era.

 

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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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Here's a early miniature CIB. This is made by Vanguard and marked with their earlier logo & V-21.

Notice they used the "GEMSCO" pattern with acorns.

 

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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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