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Japan Logistical Command. In December 1951, Anna Hugonin became the first WAC in Northern Command to make warrant officer. Pictured here, BG Andrew Tychsen pins on her new warrant officer rank at Camp Fowler in Japan.

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Allied Forces Headquarters.  ""14 Sept 1945. Caserta, Italy. Col. James Maloney, Commandant AFHQ, Congratulates 1st Sgt. Idel Anderson, 6666th HQ. Co., AFHQ, after presenting her with the Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Achievement in Connection with military operations in Italy. "

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This is from the 2/502nd Infantry in Vietnam. The man on the left was CSM Walt Sabalauski and he was the oldest man serving on the front lines in Vietnam to be awarded the DSC when he was with C/2/502nd Infantry. He was awarded 3 x CIB's for WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. There are training areas at Ft Campbell and at Schofield named after him. I was lucky to meet him when he came to one of our reunions at Ft Campbell back in the 1980's. The man next to him I believe is LTC "Shamrock" Shay.

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Just now, Ealbert said:

This is from the 2/502nd Infantry in Vietnam. The man on the left was CSM Walt Sabalauski and he was the oldest man serving on the front lines in Vietnam to be awarded the DSC when he was with C/2/502nd Infantry. He was awarded 3 x CIB's for WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. There are training areas at Ft Campbell and at Schofield named after him. I was lucky to meet him when he came to one of our reunions at Ft Campbell back in the 1980's. The man next to him I believe is LTC "Shamrock" Shay.

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Did a big write up on him in this topic.

 

See Post # 415

 

 

 

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4 minutes ago, patches said:

Did a big write up on him in this topic.

 

See Post # 415

 

 

 

Thanks for sharing - it was really amazing to watch how all of the Vietnam vets looked up to CSM Sabalauski - there were several that were in that same battle when CPT Carpenter called the napalm strike on their position. I also got to meet COL Frank Dietrich during the same reunion - another triple CIB recipient who was an enlisted paratrooper in WWII and earned the DSC in Korea. All were very humble warriors.

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A Drill Sergeant at Fort Ord California, this sometime in late-sh 1963 into 1964. This being juust before the Campaign Hat is reintroduced for Drill Sergeants, and he is at this time wearing the common "Cadre Liner" with Metal Rank affixed.

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1st Lieutenant David M. Monihan, West Point 1950 16th Infantry 1st Infantry Division Germany, interesting  point is he is already a Senior Parachutist. Says in hi Bio on the West Point site that he was an EM in WWII, born 12 January 1926, so perhaps he was a Paratrooper, arrived overseas after the War??? No CIB right, nor for Korea either it would seem, so perhaps he served in Germany the whole time, nothing out od the ordinary

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A Sergeant of the 40th Infantry Division in Korea in 1953, must of been a Paratrooper back in the states before shipping out right as he's wearing a Khaki Garrison Cap with the Paraglider patch, but curiously he didn't wear his wings on his OG Wool Shirt.

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Charles H. Bell, III West Point 1950, Bell served in the 11th Airborne Division, apparently at Fort Campbell, no fither info, even his Obit does not mention much on his time in.

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A 2nd or 1st LT Richard T Metheny 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division, in an undated portrait, location unknown, hmm no ribbons at all, maybe in Texas still before The Cav ships out for OZ in late July 1943, like maybe portrait done say in May or early June of 43?

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12 hours ago, Antoon said:

These pictures are displayed in the war museum at Catánia on Sicily.

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Who knows what the SSI is that both men wearing?

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4 hours ago, Antoon said:

Who knows what the SSI is that both men wearing?

I'm pretty sure it's the patch for the Army newspaper "Stars & Stripes". Here's a couple of examples that are similar from the CBI and Pacific editions of the paper. 

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Winthrop Rockefeller as a PFC serving with the 1st Infantry Division in 1941. He was later commissioned through OCS and rose to the rank of Major, serving with the 305th Infantry Regiment 77th Infantry Division in Guam and Okinawa.

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Cadre of the Ranger Department at Fort Benning wearing subdued Infantry School SSI and AIRBORNE tab with full color RANGER tab on jungle fatigues. Check out how the outline of the SSI appears behind the crease in the sleeve in the second picture due to the heavy starch and ironing.  

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A Twelfth Army Group officer being presented the Legion Of Merit by General Patton. It's interesting that as an Army commander (Third or Fifteenth), Patton would be presenting awards to officers of a higher headquarters to which his own command was subordinate.  

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143rd Sustainment Command with AIRBORNE tab worn by a member of the 421st Quartermaster Company (Aerial Delivery), an Army Reserve parachute rigger unit located in Fort Valley, Georgia, a few miles from me.

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