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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?
It is WHAT IT TOOK TO EARN IT
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
COMBAT INFANTRYMAN'S BADGE...
THAT REALLY TELLS THE STORY

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Posts Tagged ‘infantrymen’

73- Combat Camaraderie of Infantrymen

Monday, July 27th, 2015

This episode delivers an audio narration of a brief article published by the American Airborne Association. The article appeared in the Summer, 2015, edition of the Airborne Quarterly Magazine, pg. 21-22.

AbnQrtlyMag-coverThis article was written by Sam Holliday, a Korean War Veteran (armigercc@comcast.net).

The only graphic images that this article contains are black-and-white images of the Combat Infantryman’s Badge (aka CIB) — actually 4 of them:

– The CIB for the first campaign and enemy engagement;

– The CIB with a star;

– The CIB with two stars; and

– The CIB with three stars.

The editor’s footnote at the end signifies the song “Dogface soldier” — a favorite of infantrymen since WWII, and the theme song from the movie about the story of Audie L. Murphy called “To Hell and Back.”

Select this link to listen to the audio episode in another window.

 

Copyright (c) 2015, SamHolliday and the American Airborne Association Magazine called The Airborne Quarterly, Summer 2015 edition, pages 21-22. All rights reserved.

41- Debunking the Myth wrongly created by the Media about the Vietnam War Combat Infantryman

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

In this episode of the H21 Southern Chapter of the Combat Infantrymen’s Association, we deliver the audio narration of the article from VFW Magazine’s February, 2010, edition titled:  “Debunking the Myth of the ‘Addicted’ Army.’

This is an article written by Jeremy Kuzmarov, in which the truth about the perpetration of a stereotype and myth was created by the Media, journalists, reporters, and even members of the US Congress and government about the Vietnam Combat veteran. This MYTH was so outrageous–but unfortunately, it caused so much damage–that is pictured the combat Vietnam veteran as a ‘baby-killer, psycho, dope-addict, heroin-addict and loser.’

As if a combat veteran needs more stigmas and more depression delivered by the rejection of an ungrateful American public, the Vietnam veteran had to cope with this for over 40 years. Now, the truth about the lies that were spread by TV, media, news and Congress is finally delivered–and even with the statistics and studies that show who the guilty parties were.

Thus, how can you blame a Combat Vietnam Veteran like myself that cannot trust the media at all? or who hates the mere presence of reporters and journalists and equates them to the lowest scum of the earth and slimiest creatures with nothing else on their minds except getting sensationalism to exaggerate the facts and get their story published?

And, most of all, don’t you think it is ironic that perhaps THEY THEMSELVES–the reporters and journalists who went out with the combat troops for only a couple of days (instead of the entire mission) and returned to the safety of the REAR and the security of hot water, clean linen and the comforts of ‘home’ to their typewriters would be the ones creating this sensationalistic exaggeration of the real situation about drugs in Vietnam?

I suggest that these same reporters, journalists and scum of the media were the ones who smoked the heroin, smoked marijuana and took the pills and got high while in the rear–because the could do so while the grunts kept them secure–and then blamed the partaking of drugs on the grunt himself. After all, he who wielded the pen controlled the media.

Little did they know how much damage, pain, loss of job and happiness, and how much misery they would cause in the lives of honest, returning Vietnam combat veterans who only did their duty, but would find the same words when they returned home to this frenzied stereotype:  “Sorry, we don’t want any Vietnam Vets; we don’t want any trouble from psychos, baby-killers or drug-addicts.”

Yes, Media and reporters and journalists. Thank you for the forty years of misery and pain–just so you could get your exaggerated story published, while the combat vets were spilling their blood and guts every day in the bush, the paddies and the mountains, the Central Highlands all the way from the DMZ to the Delta.

The question is: has the media changed since then?

In my opinion, I think not. Very little has changed, and the soldiers are the ones that have to fight the misinformation and exaggeration delivered to the public by the worthless entity called the Mainstream Media (or should we call it “Lame-stream Media”?).

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35- Update- Upcoming Events and summary of 12Sept2009 meeting

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

In this episode of the H21 Austin, Texas, Southern Chapter Combat Infantrymen’s Association, podcast, we give you an update of the upcoming events for the rest of 2009, as well as a summary of the meeting held on 12 September 2009.

CIB Association

We wish to welcome our newest member, Kevin Scharmen, who is a SouthWest Asia CIB recipient and still in the Army. He is the liaison with the 82nd Airborne Division Association Wounded Warrior Program at Ft. Sam Houston and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Welcome, Kevin!

In this audio episode, we go at great lengths to detail each of the line items in the agenda of the meeting held on 12 September 2009 at the VFW Post 8787 meeting room in Austin, Texas.

For a look at the pdf file of the 1-page agenda, click here:  Agenda-meeting 12Sept 2009.

You can look at the items we discussed and then hear the details of the items in the podcast audio episode.

Paramount among the topics were:

1.  The POW/MIA ceremony participation on 18 September 2009 in downtown Austin. For details, contact Tony Martinez (cell number 512 228 7045).

2. If anyone wants to go to the Branson, Missouri, National Convention and reunion, the chapter will reimburse $75 for the attendance fee. Please contact Tony Martinez, Financial Officer of the chapter. More details about the National Convention and Reunion in Branson are on page 1 and pages 14-17 of the Blue Badge quarterly newsletter from National.

Blue Badge about Branson

3. Upcoming meetings:

– October 24, 2009– scheduled joint meeting, hosted by the 82nd Airborne Division Association in San Antonio. More information on this in the next podcast episode, as well as the mailing of the newsletter.

– November 11, 2009– Meet at 7:30 a.m. on the Congress Ave. bridge between 1st Street and Riverside Drive, for participation in the Austin Veterans’ Day Parade and ceremony. Members should be in CIB Association uniform.

– Dec. 5 or 12, 2009– Austin chapter will host a family holiday social event and pot-luck gathering. More details to be provided later.

– 9 January 2010– The chapter will have its monthly meeting in San Antonio, Texas. More details on this later.

– 6 February 2010– The chapter will have its monthly meeting in the Fort Hood, Texas, area (e.g., Killeen or Harker Heights or Copperas Cove, etc.). More details on this later.

– The March and April meetings will resume in Austin, Texas. One of these months will have the chapter host the joint meeting with the 82nd Airborne Division Association at VFW Post 8787.

For more details on other items, please feel free to listen to the 22-minute audio podcast.

Copyright (c) 2009, Matrix Solutions Corporation and the Combat Infantrymen’s Association. All Rights Reserved.

17- CIB Austin meets 82nd Airborne Paratrooopers

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

In this episode of the Southern Branch H21, Austin Chapter, of the Combat Infantrymen’s Association podcast series, we focus on several events for the CIB Austin chapter.

(1) The chapter meeting on 2 August 2008:

In this meeting, we had a full Agenda. You can get to view what it was by clicking here: PDF- Agenda

(and how the items discussed are described in the audio mp3 file of this episode).

(2) During the meeting, it was approved by a vote of the members to schedule a trip to San Antonio to attend a meeting of the 82nd Airborne Division Association, Alamo Chapter: 82nd Abn Div Association patch

We wanted to present both a certificate of appreciation, but also a complementary membership, to Darrell G Harris, author of the book Casablanca to VE-Day: A Paratrooper’s Memoirs.

[Note: you can get a full interview of this paratrooper’s history in episode 12 of this podcast series]

(3) The 82nd Airborne Division Association Meeting on 27 August 2008:

– We presented the Certificate of Appreciation to Darell G. Harris – click here to view the certificate: PDF for certificate;

Bobby Briscoe presented a free membership to D. G. Harris to the Combat Infantrymen’s Association;

Bobby Briscoe then presented a signed copy of his book, Jungle Warriors, to D. G. Harris (my apologies for not having a steady hand while taking the photo);

Bobby Briscoe presents DG Harris with a copy of Jungle Warriors

D. G. Harris also presented signed copies of his own book, Casablanca to VE-Day, to the members of the CIB Association, Austin Chapter.

– Attending the meeting were: Bobby Briscoe, Tony Martinez, John Torres and Fred Castaneda;

– The members talked to those paratroopers with CIBs and encouraged them to join our association. Below, Fred Castaneda and DG Harris (note- Fred is a member of BOTH the CIB Austin and 82nd Airborne Association, since Fred served 2 tours with the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) and the 505th PIR, and like Darrell, has both jump wings and a CIB badge);

DG Harris and Fred Castaneda at the 82nd Abn Div Assoc meeting

– We met Don W. Bailey, a future interviewee, as he received his CIB for the combat that he saw in Grenada in 1983; and

– We agreed to have a joint meeting for both the 82nd Airborne Division Association, Alamo Chapter, and the CIB Association in Austin in the first half of 2009 at the VFW 8787 location, so that the camaraderie between these 2 groups can continue and grow.

(4) If you are interested in acquiring the audio version of the books described in this podcast, here are the links for the audio version (note: the hardcopy versions are almost depleted):

Casablanca to VE-Day: A Paratrooper’s Memoirs by Darell G. Harris;

Casablanca to VE-Day- A Paratrooper's Memoirs

Jungle Warriors by Bobby Briscoe.

Jungle Warriors

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13- CIB Reunion reminder – and local meeting on 2Aug2008

Monday, July 21st, 2008

CIB chapter, Southern Branch H21

In this episode, we deliver 2 items of news to the local chapter:

(1) Notice of the chapter meeting scheduled for Saturday, 2 August 2008, at 18:00 hrs. at the meeting room of the complex located at 7707 IH-35 South, Austin, Texas 78744.

The topics to be discussed are given in the audio file of the podcast episode.

Please confirm your attendance with the Commander or XO. And, if you have any questions or need directions, please contact either:

Commander: Bobby Briscoe —

Telephone:
(512) 804-0789

or

Executive Officer: John Torres –Telephone: (210) 849-5732

(2) The second item discusses a reminder of the upcoming event, the Combat Infantrymen’s Association National Convention at the Academy Best Western Hotel, Colorado Springs, Colorado from October 9-12, 2008.

A brief synopsis of the agenda items for the days of the event–as well as registration details–are mentioned. We hope to have a good presence at this annual event of the organization. We also plan to propose some suggestions for this event, as well as the local chapter. Please plan on attending the meeting, as we will vote on these issues.

For more details and registration forms for the upcoming Combat Infantrymen’s Association National Conventionk please refer to pages 15 to 18 in the newsletter of The Blue Badge. If you wish to view the pdf document of the May, 2008, edition, then please click here: PDF document

Or you may go to the web site of the CIB Association and get all the issues availabale of the newsletter, including back issues, and especially the May, 2008, issue of the Blue Badge.

We will be posting another espisode during the week of August 4-8, with a summary of the meeting scheduled for 2 August 2008.

Copyright (c) 2008, Matrix Solutions Corporation and the Combat Infantrymen’s Association. All Rights Reserved.

12- D.G. Harris- Paratrooper Combat Infantryman in WWII

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

In this espisode of the Austin, Texas, Chapter – H21, Southern Branch — of the Combat Infantrymen’s Association, we are fortunate to deliver an interview with Darrell G. Harris, who was one of the first troopers to earn the CIB (Combat Infantryman’s Badge) in World War II.

Darrell was part of the 504th PIR (Parachute Infantry Regiment) of the 82nd Airborne Division for most of his tour in the European campaign. He was an COMBAT AIRBORNE INFANTRYMAN, a demolition specialist Infantryman who was a parachutist who made 3 combat parachute jumps in Europe. He is also one of the charter members of the 82nd Airborne Division Association–as he joined it in France in 1945, before he had come back home to the USA after the War.

The picture, below, shows Darrell G. Harris today, wearing his 82nd Airborne Division Association vest and hat.  He is also wearing the medallion for WWII Veterans that he received in Washington, D.C. at the Inauguration of the WWII Memorial. Notice that his parachutist wings (that is, his “jump wings“) are worn above the CIB. This shows the common way that the CIB was worn in World War II by the Combat Infantrymen, as shown below:

Darrell mentioned that it was common practice in those days to always wear the paratrooper airborne wings above the ribbons, and the CIB (which was first initiated in 1943) was usually worn beneath the ribbons–totally the opposite of today. For the current regulations specify that the CIB is always above the ribbons–even the ribbon of the Congressional Medal of Honor. In fact, Darrell described Colonel Tucker, his commander, wearing the CIB and the jump wings in his dress uniform–especially how the CIB was worn under the Jump Wings and ribbons.

Contrast this with the modern day (circa 1970’s, during the Vietnam War), when the CIB is worn as the highest badge above any and all ribbons, and even above the Jump wings.

For most of his European tour of duty (3 years), Darrell was part of the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, which has the nickname of “Devils in Baggy Pants.”

In the podcast episode, Darrell describes his friends and comrades-in-arms during the Market Garden Operation. In his book (see below for info),  Darrell included a photo of 3 troopers after Operation Market Garden. He is the soldier on the far left. Sadly, the other two troopers were killed in action in Europe and during the Battle of the Bulge.

In the podcast episode, Darrell describes how he captured his memoirs in a short book that he wrote called Casablanca to VE Day – A Paratrooper’s Memoirs.

If you wish to order copies of the book, here are the 2 ways to do so:

(1) For the AUDIO version of the book (now on PremiumCast.com) where you can have the audio narration downloaded directly to your mp3 player via ITunes:

go to:  http://www.premiumcast.com/A-Paratroopers-Memoirs

and the price is just $7. US Dollars payable via Paypal.

(2) For the paperback version of the book,

please contact D. G. Harris at telephone (210) 342-2591.

The three “firsts” of which Darrell G. Harris was involved make him truly a man of history:

He was one of the first paratroopers in the U.S. Airborne (the Airborne units were first created in 1940, and Darrell was in the first all-paratrooper unit, the 82nd Airborne Division since 1942:

82nd Airborne Division patch

– He was one of the first Infantrymen in World War II to earn the CIB (Combat Infantryman’s Badge):

CIB

– He was one of the very first members of the 82nd Airborne Division Association (a charter member who joined while still in France in 1945).

Darrell is currently the Secretary of the San Antonio Alamo Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division Association. Darrell, we salute you!

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11- “In Their Boots”- Alan Babin and his Survival and Struggle

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

This is a special episode of H21-Southern Branch-Austin, Texas, chapter of the Combat Infantrymen’s Association. We publish this because of a special event that occurred–the premiere screening of the first in a series of a documentary video that concerns the returning veterans from the Middle East.

As you will hear in the audio mp3 file of this podcast episode, the screening was for the first episode of a multi-year project called In Their Boots. This will be a video, and it will be broadcast weekly from the first episode on 2 July 2008. However, this will not be on television. Rather, it will be on the web at http://www.intheirboots.com.

What was so special about this screening? It centered around a local hero in the Central Texas area–Alan Babin. Yes, his story will be the first in this series which will be broadcast live on the web on July 2nd, 2008:

In Their Boots web site featuring Alan Babin

As you may remember from our earlier podcast episode number 5 that described the ceremonies from the Memorial Day event in Pflugerville, Texas, Alan Babin was honored by the members of the Combat Infantrymen’s Association:

CIB Team and Alan Babin

As a wounded warrior from Operation Iraqi Freedom, Alan’s spirit and dedication touched the heart of all the CIB Association members.

Even though Alan Babin was not an Infantryman with an MOS of 11B, he was a medic that was wounded while trying to aid an Infantryman that needed medical assistance under fire from the enemy. Thus, he was the veteran-of-honor at the Memorial Day ceremony when he took the wreath of his beloved 82nd Airborne Division Association and delivered it to rest alongside the other flowers and wreaths to pay tribute to those who have fallen in all the wars and all the campaigns for the U.S. military.

Alan Babin and the Wreath at Memorial Day

What was encouraging is that this was Alan’s first time in his iBot (self-propelled wheelchair) and did not need assistance in going to lay the wreath. Rosie Babin, his mother, provided this footage of video that captured the moment:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqMgTzGDJfM

The aftermath of Alan Babin’s struggle for recovery is one of the most inspiring role-models of courage, determination, attitude and “guts” that would make any combat infantryman proud to know this young man.

Alan Babin, we salute you, and we thank you for teaching us the meaning of the word “hero”–not just in combat, but also for the courage it takes in recovery and success, for we know that you will make it. Airborne! All the Way!

In Their Boots premieres on 2 July 2008 with the story of the Babin family and Alan’s experiences of his recovery. Take it from us, this is one episode you do not want to miss.

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03-Interview with Chapter Commander and XO- part 2- Mental Health closure and a Book

Monday, May 19th, 2008

In this podcast episode for this post of the Austin, Texas, Chapter of the Combat Infantrymen’s Association, we deliver the second part an interview with the Chapter Commander (Bobby Briscoe) and the Executive Officer or XO (John Torres). This interview took place on 25 April 2008 and was conducted by Fred Castaneda, the Public Affairs Officer for the chapter, which is one of many and belongs to the National organization of the Combat Infantrymen’s Association.

(Below: John Torres discusses the value of a “Welcome Home” to the Combat Infantryman with Fred C.)

Fred C and John Torres

As we continue this discussion, we examine the motivation and dedication of the individuals who earned the CIB to start the Combat Infantrymen’s Association Chapter in Austin, Texas. We finish our discussion of the problems that plague the Combat Infantryman upon returning from the overseas campaign. From PTSD to anxiety and panic disorders to the broken marriages and the lack of understanding and communication with the spouses and the family — these are real issues that are burning into the heart and spirit of all combat infantrymen.

The final part of this interview describes the book written by Bobby Briscoe of his experience in Vietnam. This book is called The Jungle Warriors- A True Story. As said by John Torres during this interview, this book has provided closure to some of the infantrymen, while at the same time providing understanding to the spouses.

However, Bobby Briscoe ends the interview by explaining how a great deal of the funds obtained from the sale of the book (either via audio podcast or the paperback version) will be used for programs by the CIB Association chapter for outreach to disadvantaged veterans, as well as different types of assistance to the families and children of the veterans. The idea is certainly to “give back to the community.”

The final part of this episode gives you an excerpt from the audio version of the book, The Jungle Warriors (the beginning of Chapter Six- Big Bloody, Big Red).

Copyright (c) 2008, Matrix Solutions Corporation and Bobby Briscoe. All Rights Reserved (Podcast music licensed from www.MichaelandMike.com)

02- Interview with Chapter Commander and XO- part 1- Earning the CIB

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

Interview-What is the CIB?

In this podcast episode for this post of the Austin, Texas, Chapter of the Combat Infantrymen’s Association, we present the first part an interview with the Chapter Commander (Bobby Briscoe) and the Executive Officer or XO (John Torres). This interview took place on 25 April 2008 and was conducted by Fred Castaneda, the Public Affairs Officer for the chapter.

(Below: Bobby Briscoe, Commander, and John Torres, Executive Officer, of the Austin Chapter of the CIA)

Bobby Briscoe and John Torres

In this discussion, we examine the motivation and dedication of the individuals who earned the CIB to start the Combat Infantrymen’s Association Chapter in Austin, Texas. This chapter is one of many and belongs to the National organization of the Combat Infantrymen’s Association. We also investigate exactly what the CIB award is, how it is earned, and what it really means to those who have earned and received it.

John Torres (the Chapter XO) states candidly that if people know what it took to earn the CIB, then the respect and honor due to the combat infantryman will be given, and there will be a more meaningful appreciation for the sacrifices made by that individual.

In addition, Bobby Briscoe also describes the programs that the chapter will establish to help those returning infantryman who have earned their CIB in the Middle East in the current OEF/OIF campaigns. In addition to greeting the troops upon their return from overseas, these other programs will include both assistance in communication and moral support for the families of any disadvantaged veteran after returning. Also, programs to help the children of the CIB veterans will be created.

The discussion continues in the next episode and post, with the conclusion giving honor and respect to the Combat Infantryman. Please find out more about the CIB Association chapter in Austin and other cities by listening to this interview.

Copyright (c) 2008, Matrix Solutions Corporation and the CIB Association- Austin, Texas, Chapter.

1A- The “thousand-yard stare”–the eyes of a Combat Infantryman

Saturday, May 17th, 2008

In this post of the Austin, Texas, Chapter of the Combat Infantrymen’s Association, we are reminded of the familiar phrase that has been echoed in the movies, in the books and plays of the 20th Century literature, and in the journals of the media reporters…the “thousand-yard stare” of a combat infantryman. This phrase reveals a look that is laden with the burdens borne by the Combat soldier of the Infantry:

The 1000-yard stare of a Vietnam

This photo shows you the hollow stare of a combat infantryman of the Vietnam War after returning from a combat mission in the jungle, and while waiting for the next day’s insertion by choppers again to the “bush.”

For our brothers in the Army that earned the CIB (Combat Infantryman’s Badge), this type of look is all too common for the combat-weary soldier who had to endure the hardships of the combat zone in whatever campaign in which he was serving–while at the same time come face-to-face with the threat of death. And sometimes, he had to experience the injury and death of his comrades or his buddies during a mission against the enemy.

Whether it was in World War II or Korea or Vietnam or Grenada or Panama or Desert Storm or Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom — the campaigns really don’t matter — the Combat Infantryman feels the pangs of exhaustion, sleepless nights, the fear and sheer terror in a firefight or enemy contact or even booby traps or IED situations. He somehow keeps the machine of his body going against all odds, even surprising himself that he could keep himself moving or going through the situations where even he thought were beyond human endurance.

However, the casualties of war go far beyond the physical wounds and injuries–they strike at the very heart of his mind, his soul and his desire to survive. As the strain takes its toll both in the combat zone and also for years after the return from the campaign, the affects start rearing their ugly heads–from the “hyper-vigilance” of the grunts who fought in the bush and the rice paddies of Vietnam, to the World War II infantryman on the South Pacific Islands.

Thus, we respect and honor those men who earned the CIB because they still carry in their minds and spirits a lot of the weight from the burden of those days in combat, where the experiences they lived gave them something that they did not even know they had picked up — the “thousand-yard stare.”

In the History Channel’s 1993 video in the Weapons at War series titled The Grunts of Vietnam, one veteran who was interviewed mentioned that “If I see him in the eyes, I can tell if he is a Vietnam Veteran … you can see how it was caused…it is like a ‘shining’…”

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