Monuments

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                                   Division 5 Headquarters In Oklahoma Dedicates New CIB Monument

VETERANS DAY, 11 NOV 2007, IT WAS ON A SUNDAY, THE FOLLOWING MONDAY,12 NOV 2007, THE MBRS OF H I I OK (ADA) DEDICATED A MONUMENT TO ALL COMBAT VETERANS WHO HAD BEEN AWARDED THE CIB. SIR, ONE THING WE ARE VERY PROUD OF AND IT IS THIS-----AT THE TOP OF THIS MONUMENT IS THE MISSION STATEMENT OF THE INFANTRY, "CLOSE WITH AND DESTROY THE ENEMY BY FIRE AND MANEUVER OR HAND TO HAND TO COMBAT", BELOW THAT IS A REPLICA OF THE CIB. TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE I DON'T BELIEVE ANY OF THE OTHER MONUMENTS THAT I HAVE SEEN MENTION ANY THING SPECIFIC ABOUT THE MISSION OF THE "INFANTRY SOLDIER".  IN EARLY DECEMBER 2013, I SENT A VIDEO OF THIS MONUMENT, WHICH CONTAINED PICTURES OF MYSELF (CDR) AND JACK JONES (XO) OF H I I OK (ADA) TO LARRY ECKARD AND IT WAS PUBLISHED ON PAGE 16 OF THE JANUARY 2014 ISSUE OF THE BLUE BADGE. YES, IT TOOK SEVEN YEARS FOR THE PICTURE OF THIS MONUMENT TO GET PUBLISHED IN THE BB. THE REASON??? WE ARE NOT CONSIDERED TO BE LOUD SINGERS IN CHURCH. WE JUST TAKE 30" STEPS, RENDER THE PROPER HAND SALUTE AND TRY OUR BEST TO DO THE JOB(S) ASSIGNED TO US.

J.L RHODES

CDR - CIA - 5TH DIV

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Official Ohio Monument - Old Church Park - Sunbury, Ohio

New Official Ohio Monument Dedicated On July 5, 2014 In Sunbury, Ohio.  National Commander Jerry Jodrey & State Commander Chris Callen And The Ohio CIA Board, As Well As The Sunbury Mayor, Tommy Hatfield And Other Village Digataries Were In Attendance.

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This statue currently stands outside the Iraqi palace, now home to the 4th Infantry Division and will eventually be shipped home and put in the memorial museum in Fort Hood, Texas. The statue was created by an Iraqi artist named Kalat, who for years was forced by Saddam Hussein to make the many hundreds of bronze busts of Saddam that dotted Baghdad. Kalat was so grateful for the Americans liberation of his country; he melted 3 of the heads of the fallen Saddam and made the statue as a memorial to the American soldiers and their fallen warriors. Kalat worked on this memorial night and day for several months. To the left of the kneeling soldier is a small Iraqi girl giving the soldier comfort as he mourns the loss of his comrade in arms. Why don’t we hear about this in the news? Is it because it is heart warming and praise worthy?

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This is the Corps of New York monument

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This monument is located in Florida

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National Monument Site Improvements

Our National Monument in Asheville NC has finally organized and is now setting pavers in place. The credit for all of this fine work goes to our Ashville chapter Commander Mr. Ray Dunn. When Ray was appointed to assume the Command of this beautiful and patriotic monument in early 2010 he hit the ground running and demonstrated the true professionalism and knowledge required for this project. Ray has established a perpetual care bank account and sold hundreds of pavers. There are only a few remaining spaces left. Ray managed to create an excellent working relationship with the VA Hospital Staff and Supervision. Because of Ray’s skill and talent this project is now reality and he even managed to acquire some additional square footage. Please purchase the few remaining pavers while they remain. We Brother Combat Infantrymen salute and sincerely thank Ray and his wife Marlene for all of this fine honorable work.
 
Earl Kennedy
National Commander 2009-2011
 
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If your request for a brick paver around our National CIB Monument at the Charles George VA Hospital in Asheville, NC was recieved by me before October, 2010, it was installed, along with 550 other pavers.

New installations will be made during the summer and fall of 2011 as we recieve 50 or more donations and paver requests.

We need 200 or more to fill our space. Remember you may buy bricks “in honor of”, “in memory” of family, friends and/or military buddies. It is a great tribute to those living or dead. Please encourage others to participate.

Contact: Ray T. Dunn, 490 Mountaineer Road, Whittier, NC , 28789 Phone: 828-497-6374

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ERNIE PYLE (WWII War Correspondent) once wrote:

“Remember the American Combat Infantryman,

The wind, rain and mud boys.

The guys NO WAR can be won without! “

If you look closely at the back of our new CIB Monument in Asheville, North Carolina you will see that quote by ERNIE engraved there. Thanks to our Past National CIA Commander Jack Wagner who had this quote placed on the back side

On this date back in 1945 this war correspondent was killed by Japanese gunfire off Okinawa. He was 44 years young. If you have been to the PUNCHBOWL on the island of OAHU, HAWAII you would know that Ernie rests there. My dear friend Bud Strople was very close by on that particular date when Ernie was killed.

I just wanted to share this bit of history with you all.

Dan Stankoff

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Combat Infantrymens Associaton Rough Draft

Dear Commanders, Trustees and Staff;

As you are all aware our Highly Esteemed Monument to be placed at the new Fort Benning Museum is moving along in design and pricing. We are beginning to finalize arrangements thanks to Bill Cross our National Communications Officer. Thanks also to the Div # 6 Commander and his staff’s excellent help and advice.It is now time for the cost arrangements to begin. As of today we are looking at a cost estimate of approx. 10,000.00 dollars. This is a bargain considering the location of this monument being in a perfect place for Combat Infantrymen to view and be honored. I am requesting that each of you solicit your Divisions and/or executive staff for financial contributions. Checks will be made to the Combat Infantrymen’s Association (CIA) and marked “Monument Fund” and mailed to the associate finance officer at 8381 Arborfield Ct. Fort Myers, FL 33912. I personally will match the Div #6 and Div # 7 contributions because my son and I are both Life Members respectively of these Divisions. I sincerely hope that each Division can raise as close to 1,000.00 as possible. Please commence your work on this project and thank you all in advance. I will CC Bill Cross in this email and he will answer all detail questions, his # is: 708-209-6193 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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media-imageA-1-1-KS has been working with the State of Kansas in erecting a monument to honor all combat veterans in Gage Park Memorial, Topeka, KS. The project has been approved and was dedicated on Veteran’s Day 2011. This Park has numerous monuments and gardens honoring veterans. Americanism lives in this part of the United States! Proof of being awarded the CIB is required if you want a CIB engraved on your brick. This is open to all Branches of the Service, veterans, active duty, family members “in memory of”, etc.

For more detailed information DOWNLOAD HERE

The Order Form for the Bricks: DOWNLOAD HERE

The Order Form to be a Sponsor: DOWNLOAD HERE

Combat Infantrymen’s Association A-1-1-KS Membership Form: DOWNLOAD HERE

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In addition to regular membership we welcome Individual and Business Support members. Support members can help with the overall operations of our individual units and promotion of our Association. Although they cannot vote or be elected to office they offer great support to our local units. Many members sign up their family and close friends as Support members.