Thursday, June 25, 2015

US Infantry Badges

While doing the inventory of the Textile Collection, a small box of medals and badges were found.

 The first one shown above is the Combat Infantryman badge (CIB), awarded to infantrymen and Special Forces soldiers in the rank of Colonel and below, who personally fought in active ground combat while assigned as members of either an infantry, Ranger or Special Forces unit any time after Dec 6, 1941.  It recognizes the inherent sacrifices of all infantrymen face. After the US declaration of war in 1941 the War Dept. had difficulty recruiting infantry branch volunteers namely due to the fact  that of all the soldiers, it was recognized that the infantryman continuously operated under the worst conditions and suffered the most casualties while receiving the least public recognition.

The WWII CIB was a silver and enamel badge, consisting of a 3 inch wide rectangular bar with an infantry-blue field upon which is superimposed a Springfield Arsenal Musket, Model 1795. It is to be worn one quarter inch (0.25") above the service ribbons above the left breast pocket of the Class A uniform coat.

The Marksmanship Badge with Rifle Bar is earned by soldiers who qualify with a rifle during training.

The two gold colored crossed muskets, (showing two vintage 1795 Springfield muskets) is the Branch insignia of the US Infantry. It is 3/4" in height and was  first introduced into the Army as the insignia of officers and enlisted men of the Infantry in 1875.

Infantryman's Creed:  I am the Infantry. I am my country's strength in war. Her deterrent in peace. I am the heart of the fight..,.wherever, whenever. I carry America's faith and honor against her enemies. I am  the Queen of Battle. I am what my country expects me to be..the best trained soldier in the world. In the race for victory I am swift, determined, and courageous..armed with a fierce will to win.  Never will I betray my country's trust.  Always I fight on...through the foe, to the objective, to triumph over all.  If necessary, I will fight to my death.  By my steadfast courage, I have won more than 200 years of freedom. I yield not to weakness, to hunger, to cowardice, to fatigue, to superior odds, for I am mentally tough, physically strong, and morally straight.  I forsake country, my mission, my comrades, my sacred duty. I am relentless.  I am always there, now and forever.  I AM THE INFANTRY! FOLLOW ME!

Thanks to photographer, J Hamilton, and researcher T Gray.