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U.S. Army General Mark W. Clark (right) shaking hands with Sergeant Oscar G. Johnson Jr. after presenting Johnson with the Congressional Medal of Honor. Rome, 6/29/45

 

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45th Infantry Division. Gen. Joseph T. McNarney (left), Deputy Supreme Allied Commander, Mediterranean Theater of Operations, congratulates T/3 William H. Mauldin after awarding him the Legion of Merit for exceptional conduct in the performance of outstanding services in the Mediterranean and European Theaters from November, 1943 to June, 1945, as a cartoonist for Stars and Stripes, U.S. Army Newspaper. 6 June 1945

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Another veteran of the 474th Infantry Regiment. Note he is wearing the ribbons for the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with one campaign star and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with either four or five campaign stars. He most likely served with the 1st Special Service Force on Kiska in the Aleutian Islands and later in Italy and France before being transferred to the 474th. Also note that he is wearing a campaign star on the ribbon of his World War II Victory Medal which was sometimes done unofficially to denote foreign service. 

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Some photos of the 74th Regimental Combat Team mid-1950's. The SSI is the same worn by the 474th Infantry Regiment during World War II. But also note the soldier in the first photo is also wearing the DUI of the 74th Infantry Regiment which was approved in 1954.

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Members of the 136th Army Band of the 103rd Regimental Combat Team playing at annual training at Fort Devens, 1955. Note the trombone player on the right is wearing a Combat Infantryman Badge.

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Member of the 3rd Infantry Regiment ("The Old Guard") wearing the Military District of Washington SSI on his dress blues - 1949. Note the double enlisted collar insignia and rank chevrons.

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8 hours ago, seanmc1114 said:

Member of the 3rd Infantry Regiment ("The Old Guard") wearing the Military District of Washington SSI on his dress blues - 1949. Note the double enlisted collar insignia and rank chevrons.

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Oddly and interestingly enough shoulder patches were authorized for wear on the Dress Blue coat throughout most of the 50s, I say most because they may have rendered unauthorized by say 1958-59. The officer above , Lt Col Clarence Drye was CO of the 1st Battalion 3rd Infantry in 1955.

Elvis around 1959, no more shoulder patches.

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Lt. Gen. Leslie J. McNair wearing the Army Ground Forces SSI on an inspection tour of Camp Blanding, Florida. Officer on right is wearing Replacement & School Command SSI. In black and white photos, sometimes the only way to distinguish these is by which way they are oriented.

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Cadre of the New Hampshire National Guard's Mountain Training Center wearing the National Guard Schools SSI with MOUNTAIN tab. Note the soldier on the far left is wearing the Asymmetric Warfare Group SSI as a combat patch. Technically he is wearing it reversed.

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All of these come from the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records' archival records of Fort Huachuca's newspaper, The Apache Sentinel.

 

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The Apache Sentinel, March 31, 1944.  Editorial Staff of the Tiger Rag, 827th Tank Destroyer Battalion.  Wearing Tank Destroyer Force patch.  Cpl. James W. Cannon, T/5 Peter S. Wilkins, Cpl. Herbert B. Evans, Pvt. Fred D. Braithwaite, Pvt. Sherwood Q. Goggins, Sgt. Kelly Christian.

 

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The Apache Sentinel, May 19, 1944.  WAC Commanding officer 1st Lt. Irma J. Clayton and XO 2nd Lt. Violet W. Askins.  9th Service Command on both.

 

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The Apache Sentinel, July 23, 1943.  Marksmanship awards bestowed on Fort Huachuca MPs.  Lt. R.J. Green, Lt. Col. E.L. Hogan, M/Sgt. McWillie James, PFC Allen Harris, and Sgt. Joe Lee.  Master Sergeant James was a long-time competition shooter in rifle and pistol, having served in the Army for 29 years and 7 months when this photo was taken, starting with the 25th Infantry. 9th Service Command SSI all around.

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Brigadier General Kenneth C. Leur wearing the 193rd Infantry Brigade SSI with AIRBORNE tab. Presumably he would be the brigade commander, so he would not be attached to any kind of LRRP unit and the brigade itself was not airborne. 

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7 hours ago, seanmc1114 said:

Brigadier General Kenneth C. Leur wearing the 193rd Infantry Brigade SSI with AIRBORNE tab. Presumably he would be the brigade commander, so he would not be attached to any kind of LRRP unit and the brigade itself was not airborne. 

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Leur was the commander of the brigade from 1979 till sometime in 1982, early 82, why the AIRBORNE Tab? Maybe worn for affinity with those jump units of the brigade?

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Major General William H. Schneider, commander of the 25th Infantry Division, observes as members of the 2nd Brigade battle opposing forces during the training Exercise OPPORTUNE JOURNEY 4-83. The unit is preparing for Team Spirit '84, an annual joint training exercise held in Korea. Note the soldier appears to be wearing either olive green jungle fatigue pants or cold weather pants and an OG-107 shirt as late as 1983. 

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A Honduran soldier, left, and 1LT Santos de la Rosa, 7th Infantry Division (Light), trade uniform patches during the joint Honduran/U.S. exercise Cabanas '88

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