CIB Badge

Of all the Medals Upon our Chest From the Battles and War we knew, The one admired as THE VERY BEST
Is the one of Infantry Blue. It is only a rifle upon a wreath,
So why should it mean so much?
That gives it that Magic Touch. To earn this special accolade
You faced the enemy's fire
Whether you survived or not
God dialed that one desired.
For those of us who served the cause
It is the

CIB Badge

Posts Tagged ‘Grunt’

65- Reflections from a Combat Infantryman- receiving Bronze Star after more than 40 years later

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

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 In April of 2012, Tony Martinez finally received the recognition and award for his service during the Vietnam War — some 42 years after the incident for which the BRONZE STAR medal with the “V” device for Valor  was given.

Tony currently serves as the Commander of Division 4 of the Combat Infantrymen’s Association. His memories from his days in Vietnam with Bravo Company Recon (a LRRP outfit) in the 11th Light Infantry Brigade of the 23rd Infantry Division “Americal” still haunt him for the loss of his comrades-in-arms, his buddies and his “brothers.”

However, as you will hear in this audio episode of the Combat Infantrymen’s Association Podcast, Tony explains what the medal means to him — even after 42 years since he earned it.

As you will hear in this audio episode, there is also honor given to those 3,417 Texas who died in Vietnam with the 2014 Dedication of the Texas Vietnam Veterans Monument, located at the Texas State Capitol building grounds in Austin. And Tony has participated as part of the Honor Guard for events that have led up to the final dedication of such a memory to those whose lives were taken during the Vietnam War from the state of Texas.

Our thanks to Tony for his service and dedication and heroism, for we know as CIB recipients what it means to have earned this medal and the suffering, pain and danger that accompanied it.

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39- Combat Infantrymen in Vietnam and the soldiers of today

Friday, December 25th, 2009

In this episode of The Combat Infantrymen’s Association, H21 Southern Branch Austin, Texas, Chapter, we deliver to you an audio narration of the article published in the supplement called “Welcome Home” of The VVA Veteran publicatiion (from the Vietnam Veterans of America organization) in November/December, 2009.

The title of this article is:

“…What is the diffeence between the soldiers you knew in Vietnam and the soldiers of today?”

Joe Galloway after the dedication of the Vietnam Memorial Wall replica in Mineral Wells, Texas

The article starts on page 4 of the WELCOME HOME supplement publication and is delivered complete in its entirety and unabridged.

The article is delivered from the heart by Joe Galloway. In an earlier episode of this podcast series, we had the opportunity to meet Joe in person and interview him for 8 minutes with his thoughts about the value of the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, especially as it relates to the Vietnam War Grunt.

As you will hear in this audio narration, what is exceptional in this article is that the Vietnam Veteran Combat Infantryman is the leader in providing the welcome-back, the thanks-for-your-service, and the honor to those who sacrificed from the conflicts today in the Middle East. And we feel similarly– as Joe mentioned–that as long as a Vietnam War grunt still exists, there will ALWAYS be this honor and gratitude rendered to those returning from sacrifice and service overseas from being in harm’s way.

As most Vietnam War veterans, Joe is in his late sixties (68, as of last May in 2009, if we remember from the in-person interview) as far as age goes. His experience and his sacrifice in valor speaks for itself:

Joseph L. Galloway is a military columnist for McClatchy. During the Vietnam War, Galloway served three tours in Vietnam for United Press International. Decorated for rescuing wounded American soldiers under heavy enemy fire during the battle at Landing Zone X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley, he was the only civialian awarded the Bronze Star by the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War. With Lt. Gen. Harold G. Moore, Galloway co-authored a detailed account of these experiences in the bestselling book WE WERE SOLDIERS ONCE…AND YOUNG.

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