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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 ‘V_device_for_Valor’

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

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Click here to listen to the audio episode.

 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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