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

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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 (

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.”

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

42- How the iPad can help disadvantaged combat veterans

Friday, April 9th, 2010

In this episode of the H21 Southern Chapter podcast series of the Combat Infantrymen’s Association, we deliver to you an interview with Richard Ehrlich, a Vietnam Combat veteran who was with both D/325 AIR of the 82nd Airborne Division, as well as having been a Green Beret with the 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam. This interview was conducted at the time when Richard was standing in a long line for a long time as he waited to purchase the Apple(R)¬† iPad(R) on day one of its availability.

Richard Ehrlich is leading the way to have applications developed for mobile devices–like the Apple(R) iPhone(R) and iPad(R)–for productive use in the health industry by health professionals. What is most amazing is that he is trying to help disadvantaged veterans (i.e., those who are disabled, especially after returning from tours in combat zones and with service-connected combat-related complications)–but, instead of giving material goods or words of encouragement, he wants to help them to become web developers for medical applications.

Yes, his mission is to help them with training for applications being developed for the iPad. In this way, they would become web developers for these mobile applications–and his mission is to have 100,000 such veterans employed within the next 5 years.

What qualifications would the veterans need?

He is looking for those who were trained as Army medics or Navy Corpsmen–because they would already have the training and background¬† in the medical field to assist in the creation and delivery of the applications.

As you will hear in this audio podcast, Richard is not fooling himself with a grand design of a perfect environment. He will go to the greatest need first and then find, create and deliver the application to meet and exceed the requirements from the actual world of the reality of the environment. As he said, it is not that different from a military operation that is planned–and that planning goes out the window when the operation starts, and then the “LGOPS” (“little groups of paratroopers”) or the “A-Detachment” (i.e., a Special Forces typical team in Vietnam) will get the job done with the actual requirements.

Richard also cites the two best qualities of these disadvantaged veterans:

(1) They know how to follow SOPs (“standard operating procedures”). This is important with an ISO 9000 non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization, such as his–; and

(2) They don’t know the meaning of what spoiled or “entitled” civilian counterparts always use as an excuse: there is no such a phrase as “Not my job” in their vocabulary. These veterans will keep on going and be creative, and they will adjust, they will improvise and they will find a way to get the job done with superior results.

A great example is cited by Richard–that of Alan Babin, a hero Army medic who was severely injured in Iraq in 2003 while serving with Richard’s old unit, the 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. His story was delivered in an earlier podcast episode in this series which centered around the web-based videos “In their Boots.”

With a pool to draw from by getting the support of the Wounded Warrior Program from Fort Hood to Fort Sam Houston in Texas (a 200-mile area), it is easy to see how qualified candidates would be available for him to help.

The iPad and its possibilities from creative developers like Richard Ehrlich to help disadvantaged veterans show that technology could assist those who need it most at this time. As Richard stated in this interview:  This country has a habit of easily sending off young men to war, but it has a hard time of taking care of them later when they need it.

Note: during this interview, there was quite a bit of Airborne and combat veteran camaraderie between the interviewer and Richard. However, it was all from the heart; and this spontaneous show of the respect, honor and trust between two combat veterans should not detract from the key messages of the audio podcast.

Kudos to Richard Ehrlich for his trust and support of these veterans.

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