Posted: Dec 15, 2018
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS! FROM YOUR NATIONAL COMMANDER
I remember my 1st Christmas away from home. It was 1966 and I had just completed AIT as a combat engineer at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. My family had not seen me for 5 months. I was so excited about rejoining my family, having roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, candied yams, gift giving.
Imagine my shock to learn I would not be going home. I would be carrying lumps of coal to keep our barracks warm and running hot water to keep the water pipes from freezing. Sadly, I called my parents. I remember Dad telling me, “Well son, you take good care of yourself. We will all miss you.” I made the best of it.
The Christmas of 1967, I was stationed with the 25th Infantry Division, headquartered at Cu Chi. I had by then led many combat missions as an Infantry Platoon Leader. I was tired. Worn down from lack of sleep. I learned that I would be having roast turkey on Christmas day with my new family – my fellow combat warriors.
I also learned that two hours before, there would be religious services from our army Chaplains representing Catholics, Methodists, Presbyterians, Jews. It was strange. Our clothes wet and hanging from our bodies. Yet here we were, heads bowed in prayer, thanking God for being alive and wishing our families a joyous Christmas.
After the service we grabbed aluminum trays that were quickly filled with roast turkey and all the trimmings. All chatting away, there was no rank among us only the comraderie that exists among us. All American patriots.
Our youth has long gone. Many of us are suffering from medical problems related to getting old, others suffering from recent wounds received in the Middle East and elsewhere.
Wherever you are this Christmas, let us offer up a silent prayer to our fellow combat warriors; to family members not in the best of health; to our fellow active duty Infantrymen stationed in a foreign country far away from family and country.
We all thank God for His blessing. Unbowed by hardship we shall make the best of it because that’s what we are – Combat Soldiers!
Posted: Dec 15, 2018
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS! FROM YOUR NATIONAL COMMANDER I remember my 1st Christmas away from home. It was 1966 and I had just completed AIT as a combat engineer at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. My family had not seen me for 5 months. I was so excited about rejoining my family, having roast turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, ... Read more
Posted: Nov 8, 2018
Combat Warriors! Greetings to all my fellow soldiers who have been awarded the Combat Infantry Badge. You are at the site and home of the warriors of the United States Army. We answered the call from our nation to defend the democratic ideals that make our country the beacon of justice, a country that protects its citizens ... Read more
Posted: May 28, 2018
CIAssoc Members, People often ask me the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day. Memorial Day is meant to be a somber day of recollection of those who fell in line of duty and for all veterans who are no longer with us. We remember them and respect their duty. Veterans’ Day is a day ... Read more
Posted: Oct 31, 2017
I am honored to be elected to serve as the National Commander of the Combat Infantrymen’s Association for the next 2 years. We have many exciting things developing for our association. You will be kept up to date on them as they progress. We have a new website to keep members apprised of activities and ... Read more
Posted: Aug 9, 2017
Of all the medals upon our chests From battles and wars we knew The one admired as the very best Is the one of infantry blue It’s 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 Touch. To earn ... Read more
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