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letter, framed handwritten

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 36392
  • Accession Date:11/14/1990
  • Item Summary:Framed, handwritten letter dedicated to U.S. Army Corporal (CPL) Darrel Anthony Bondrowski. The letter is addressed, "Hi Dad", is signed, "Your son / Louis Bondrowski", is undated, and opens with the lines, "The last time you saw me I was just starting to walk. / I really didn't get to know you or you to know me." The author of the letter says of the father whom he never knew that, "All the people I have talked to said that you would have done just about anything for anybody. / I think you and me are a lot alike. / I became a Vol. Fireman to help people anyway I can." He then concludes his letter to CPL Bondrowski with the line, "I miss you and wish you were here today so, I didn't have to come to this black wall, but you thought it was right thing [sic] to do by going to Vietnam." The artifact was left at The Wall by Louis Bondrowski in November 1990.

assemblage

  • Catalog Number:VIVE 36523
  • Accession Date:11/14/1990
  • Item Summary:Shadow box display dedicated to U.S. Army Private First Class (PFC) Billy Dean Brigman and consisting of: a leather document presentation binder containing military issue, Bronze Star Medal & Purple Heat Medal award certificates, a printed letter, a handwritten letter, a handwritten poem, & two (2) Air Mail letter envelopes. The handwritten letter dated, "28 Feb 67" is from, "S/Sgt (E-6) Robert L. McClain", is addressed to PFC Brigman's mother, and describes the circumstances of PFC Brigman's death in combat in Vietnam on January 17, 1967. In his letter, SSG McClain says of PFC Brigman, "I must say you had a brave son with a lot of pride [...] I think you should be a very proud mother to have a son like Brigman." The artifact assemblage was left at The Wall along with another shadow box display (VIVE (36522)) by an anonymous donor in November 1990.

display, shadow box


  • Catalog Number:VIVE 36522
  • Accession Date:11/14/1990
  • Associated Name(s) on The Wall: BILLY D BRIGMAN
  • Item Summary:Shadow box display dedicated to U.S. Army Private First Class (PFC) Billy Dean Brigman and consisting of a variety of military issue ephemera, including: a Purple Heart Medal/ribbon/lapel pin, a Bronze Star Medal/ribbon/lapel pin, a U.S. Army 503rd Infantry Regiment distinctive unit insignia pin, a black & white photographic print, a military name plate, two (2) cloth patch U.S. Army enlisted rank insignia- Private First Class E-3 ((PFC), full color), two (2) enlisted U.S. Army collar disk insignia, and a cloth patch, U.S. Army 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team shoulder sleeve insignia, full color. The artifact assemblage was left at The Wall along with another shadow box display (VIVE (36523)) by an anonymous donor in November 1990.
  • Accession Group:VIVE-00077
  • Related Items: VIVE 36523 - assemblage
  • Record Component Qty:18
  • Item Description:SHADOW BOX DISPLAY DEDICATED TO U.S. ARMY PRIVATE FIRST CLASS (PFC) BILLY DEAN BRIGMAN. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHADOW BOX DISPLAY CASE COMPRISED OF BLACK & CLEAR POLY-PLASTIC. THE PHRASE, "PAT. PEND." IS EXECUTED IN RAISED, BLOCK SCRIPT UPON THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE (UNDER-SURFACE) OF THE DISPLAY CASE. INSIDE THE DISPLAY CASE IS A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, RED FELT BACKING, TO WHICH ARE AFFIXED NUMEROUS ITEMS OF MILITARY ISSUE EPHEMERA AND A BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT. THESE ITEMS ARE DESCRIBED IN A CLOCKWISE FASHION PROCEEDING FROM THE UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER, THUSLY: [UPPERMOST, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER] U.S. MILITARY MEDAL RIBBON & RIBBON LAPEL PIN. MILITARY ISSUE, PURPLE HEART MEDAL RIBBON, FULL COLOR. THE MEDAL RIBBON CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED METAL SUPPORT/SUSPENSION BAR OVER WHICH IS AFFIXED THE NYLON FABRIC RIBBON CONSISTING OF A FIELD OF ALTERNATING, VERTICAL WHITE AND PURPLE STRIPES. MILITARY ISSUE, PURPLE HEART MEDAL RIBBON LAPEL PIN. THE LAPEL PIN CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED METAL AND ENAMEL FIELD CONSISTING OF ALTERNATING, VERTICAL PURPLE AND WHITE ENAMEL STRIPES OUTLINED IN BRASS. BOTH THE MEDAL RIBBON AND THE MEDAL RIBBON LAPEL PIN ARE PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SEGMENT OF PADDED, GOLD COLORED NYLON FABRIC (DISJOINED FROM A MILITARY ISSUE, MEDAL PRESENTATION CASE) INTENDED TO REPLICATE THE APPEARANCE OF VELVET, AND WHICH POSSESSES FABRIC LOOPS FOR MOUNTING/DISPLAY OF THE LAPEL PIN (ABOVE) AND THE MEDAL RIBBON (BELOW). THE PRESENTATION CASE FABRIC IS AFFIXED TO THE UNDERLYING RED FELT FABRIC OF THE SHADOW BOX VIA SOME FORM OF CHEMICAL ADHESIVE MATERIAL. THE ORIGINAL PURPLE HEART, DESIGNATED AS THE BADGE OF MILITARY MERIT, WAS ESTABLISHED BY GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON BY ORDER FROM HIS HEADQUARTERS AT NEWBURGH, NEW YORK, 7 AUGUST 1782. SUBSEQUENT TO THE REVOLUTION, THE ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART HAD FALLEN INTO DISUSE AND NO FURTHER AWARDS WERE MADE. BY ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, THE PURPLE HEART WAS REVIVED ON THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S BIRTH, OUT OF RESPECT TO HIS MEMORY AND MILITARY ACHIEVEMENTS, BY WAR DEPARTMENT GENERAL ORDERS NO. 3, DATED 22 FEBRUARY 1932. THE CRITERIA WAS ANNOUNCED IN WAR DEPARTMENT CIRCULAR DATED 22 FEBRUARY 1932 AND AUTHORIZED AWARD TO SOLDIERS, UPON THEIR REQUEST, WHO HAD BEEN AWARDED THE MERITORIOUS SERVICE CITATION CERTIFICATE OR WERE AUTHORIZED TO WEAR WOUND CHEVRONS SUBSEQUENT TO 5 APRIL 1917. WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE LEGION OF MERIT, BY AN ACT OF CONGRESS, THE PRACTICE OF AWARDING THE PURPLE HEART FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE WAS DISCONTINUED. BY EXECUTIVE ORDER 9277, DATED 3 DECEMBER 1942, THE DECORATION WAS EXTENDED TO BE APPLICABLE TO ALL SERVICES AND THE ORDER REQUIRED THAT REGULATIONS OF THE SERVICES BE UNIFORM IN APPLICATION AS FAR AS PRACTICABLE. THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER ALSO AUTHORIZED AWARD ONLY FOR WOUNDS RECEIVED. (SOURCE: THE INSTITUTE OF HERALDRY- HTTP://WWW.TIOH.HQDA.PENTAGON.MIL) [UPPERMOST, CENTER EDGE] MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. ARMY 503RD INFANTRY REGIMENT DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA PIN,FULL COLOR. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A SILVER COLORED METAL AND BLUE ENAMEL PIN IN THE FORM OF A SILVER SHIELD CHARGED WITH A BLUE, INVERTED TRIANGLE TERMINATING IN A BLUE BROKEN FORT, WITH THREE (3) SILVER PARACHUTES UPON THE INVERTED TRIANGLE. THE SHIELD BEARS AN AFFIXED BLUE SCROLL TRIMMED IN SILVER ALONG THE LOWER EDGE, WHICH BEARS THE UNIT MOTTO, "THE ROCK" EXECUTED IN ARCHED, BLOCK SILVER LETTERING. THE PIN IS PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO THE UNDERLYING RED FELT FABRIC OF THE SHADOW BOX VIA A CHEMICAL ADHESIVE MATERIAL AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE COLORS BLUE AND WHITE ARE THOSE OF THE INFANTRY BRANCH. THE INVERTED TRIANGLE TERMINATING IN THE BROKEN FORT SYMBOLIZES THE UNIT'S AIRBORNE DROP ON CORREGIDOR, WHILE THE THREE (3) PARACHUTES REPRESENT THE THREE (3) OTHER BATTLE HONORS AWARDED THE ORGANIZATION. THE DISTINCTIVE UNIT INSIGNIA WAS ORIGINALLY APPROVED FOR THE 503RD AIRBORNE INFANTRY REGIMENT ON 28 APRIL 1952. IT WAS AMENDED TO CHANGE THE MOTTO ON 28 MAY 1952. ON 29 JUNE 1958 THE INSIGNIA WAS RE-DESIGNATED TO THE 503RD INFANTRY REGIMENT. (SOURCE: THE INSTITUTE OF HERALDRY- HTTP://WWW.TIOH.HQDA.PENTAGON.MIL) [UPPER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CENTER] U.S. MILITARY MEDAL (FULL SIZE). MILITARY ISSUE, PURPLE HEART MEDAL, FULL COLOR. THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE MEDAL CONSISTS OF AN ENAMELED PURPLE HEART WITHIN A GOLD BORDER CONTAINING A PROFILE LIKENESS OF GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON (FACING PROPER RIGHT). ABOVE THE HEART APPEARS AN ENAMELED SHIELD OF THE WASHINGTON COAT OF ARMS (A WHITE SHIELD WITH TWO (2) RED BARS AND THREE (3) RED STARS IN CHIEF) BETWEEN SPRAYS OF GREEN LEAVES. THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE MEDAL CONSISTS OF A RAISED BRONZE HEART WITH THE PHRASE, "FOR MILITARY MERIT" EXECUTED IN RAISED, BLOCK LETTERING BELOW THE COAT OF ARMS AND LEAVES. THE MEDAL IS SUSPENDED FROM A NYLON FABRIC OBJECT RIBBON CONSISTING OF ALTERNATING, VERTICAL WHITE AND PURPLE STRIPES. THE OBJECT IS PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO THE UNDERLYING RED FELT FABRIC OF THE SHADOW BOX VIA A CHEMICAL ADHESIVE MATERIAL AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE ORIGINAL PURPLE HEART, DESIGNATED AS THE BADGE OF MILITARY MERIT, WAS ESTABLISHED BY GENERAL GEORGE WASHINGTON BY ORDER FROM HIS HEADQUARTERS AT NEWBURGH, NEW YORK, 7 AUGUST 1782. SUBSEQUENT TO THE REVOLUTION, THE ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART HAD FALLEN INTO DISUSE AND NO FURTHER AWARDS WERE MADE. BY ORDER OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, THE PURPLE HEART WAS REVIVED ON THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S BIRTH, OUT OF RESPECT TO HIS MEMORY AND MILITARY ACHIEVEMENTS, BY WAR DEPARTMENT GENERAL ORDERS NO. 3, DATED 22 FEBRUARY 1932. THE CRITERIA WAS ANNOUNCED IN WAR DEPARTMENT CIRCULAR DATED 22 FEBRUARY 1932 AND AUTHORIZED AWARD TO SOLDIERS, UPON THEIR REQUEST, WHO HAD BEEN AWARDED THE MERITORIOUS SERVICE CITATION CERTIFICATE OR WERE AUTHORIZED TO WEAR WOUND CHEVRONS SUBSEQUENT TO 5 APRIL 1917. WITH THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE LEGION OF MERIT, BY AN ACT OF CONGRESS, THE PRACTICE OF AWARDING THE PURPLE HEART FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE WAS DISCONTINUED. BY EXECUTIVE ORDER 9277, DATED 3 DECEMBER 1942, THE DECORATION WAS EXTENDED TO BE APPLICABLE TO ALL SERVICES AND THE ORDER REQUIRED THAT REGULATIONS OF THE SERVICES BE UNIFORM IN APPLICATION AS FAR AS PRACTICABLE. THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER ALSO AUTHORIZED AWARD ONLY FOR WOUNDS RECEIVED. (SOURCE: THE INSTITUTE OF HERALDRY- HTTP://WWW.TIOH.HQDA.PENTAGON.MIL) [UPPER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CENTER] U.S. MILITARY MEDAL (FULL SIZE). MILITARY ISSUE, BRONZE STAR MEDAL, FULL COLOR. THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE MEDAL CONSISTS OF A BRONZE STAR WITH A SUPERIMPOSED BRONZE STAR IN RAISED RELIEF AT THE CENTER, WITH THE CENTER LINE OF ALL RAYS OF BOTH STARS COINCIDING. THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE MEDAL CONSISTS OF THE INSCRIPTION, "HEROIC OR MERITORIOUS ACHIEVEMENT" IN RAISED, BLOCK LETTERING AROUND THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF A BLANK, CIRCULAR SPACE RESERVED FOR THE ENGRAVED NAME OF THE AWARD RECIPIENT. THE MEDAL IS SUSPENDED FROM A NYLON FABRIC OBJECT RIBBON CONSISTING OF ALTERNATING, VERTICAL WHITE, SCARLET, AND ULTRAMARINE BLUE STRIPES WITH A SINGLE BRONZE "V" DEVICE AFFIXED TO THE RIBBON FIELD. THE OBJECT IS PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO THE UNDERLYING RED FELT FABRIC OF THE SHADOW BOX VIA A CHEMICAL ADHESIVE MATERIAL AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. PRESIDENT FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT AUTHORIZED THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL BY EXECUTIVE ORDER 9419 DATED 4 FEBRUARY 1944, RETROACTIVE TO 7 DECEMBER 1941. THIS AUTHORIZATION WAS ANNOUNCED IN WAR DEPARTMENT BULLETIN NO. 3, DATED 10 FEBRUARY 1944. THE EXECUTIVE ORDER WAS AMENDED BY PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY, PER EXECUTIVE ORDER 11046 DATED 24 AUGUST 1962, TO EXPAND THE AUTHORIZATION TO INCLUDE THOSE SERVING WITH FRIENDLY FORCES. AS A RESULT OF A STUDY CONDUCTED IN 1947, THE POLICY WAS IMPLEMENTED THAT AUTHORIZED THE RETROACTIVE AWARD OF THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL TO SOLDIERS WHO HAD RECEIVED THE COMBAT INFANTRYMAN BADGE (CIB) OR THE COMBAT MEDICAL BADGE DURING WORLD WAR II. THE BASIS FOR DOING THIS WAS THAT THE BADGES WERE AWARDED ONLY TO SOLDIERS WHO HAD BORNE THE HARDSHIPS WHICH RESULTED IN GENERAL (GEN) GEORGE C. MARSHALL'S ORIGINAL ADVOCACY FOR THE CREATION OF THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL. (SOURCE: THE INSTITUTE OF HERALDRY- HTTP://WWW.TIOH.HQDA.PENTAGON.MIL) [UPPER, CENTER] BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT (PORTRAIT ORIENTATION) UPON A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SHEET OF WHITE PHOTO PAPER BEARING A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED, WHITE BORDER CIRCUMSCRIBING THE IMAGE AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE IMAGE AT THE OBVERSE SURFACE OF THE PRINT IS A FORMAL MILITARY PORTRAIT DEPICTING PFC BRIGMAN POSING IN FRONT OF A NONDESCRIPT STUDIO BACKDROP IN A MILITARY ISSUE, CLASS A ARMY GREEN SERVICE UNIFORM WITH PEAKED CAP. THE PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINT IS PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO THE UNDERLYING RED FELT FABRIC OF THE SHADOW BOX VIA SOME FORM OF CHEMICAL ADHESIVE MATERIAL AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. [LOWER, CENTER] MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. ARMY NAME PLATE. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SEGMENT OF BLACK POLY-PLASTIC BEARING THE LAST NAME, "BRIGMAN" ENGRAVED AT THE CENTER IN RECESSED, WHITE, BLOCK LETTERS. THE NAME PLATE IS PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO THE UNDERLYING RED FELT FABRIC OF THE SHADOW BOX VIA SOME FORM OF CHEMICAL ADHESIVE MATERIAL AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. [UPPERMOST, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER] U.S. MILITARY MEDAL RIBBON & RIBBON LAPEL PIN. U.S. MILITARY MEDAL RIBBON. MILITARY ISSUE, BRONZE STAR MEDAL RIBBON, FULL COLOR. THE MEDAL RIBBON CONSISTS OF A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED METAL SUPPORT/SUSPENSION BAR OVER WHICH IS AFFIXED THE NYLON FABRIC RIBBON CONSISTING OF A FIELD OF ALTERNATING, VERTICAL WHITE, SCARLET, AND ULTRAMARINE BLUE STRIPES WITH A SINGLE BRONZE, "V" DEVICE AFFIXED TO THE RIBBON FIELD. MILITARY ISSUE, BRONZE STAR MEDAL LAPEL PIN. THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF THE LAPEL PIN CONSISTS OF ALTERNATING, VERTICAL WHITE, SCARLET, AND ULTRAMARINE BLUE ENAMEL STRIPES TRIMMED IN BRASS. BOTH THE MEDAL RIBBON AND THE MEDAL RIBBON LAPEL PIN ARE PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO A RECTANGULARLY SHAPED SEGMENT OF PADDED, GOLD COLORED NYLON FABRIC (DISJOINED FROM A MILITARY ISSUE, MEDAL PRESENTATION CASE) INTENDED TO REPLICATE THE APPEARANCE OF VELVET, AND WHICH POSSESSES FABRIC LOOPS FOR MOUNTING/DISPLAY OF THE LAPEL PIN (ABOVE) AND THE MEDAL RIBBON (BELOW). THE PRESENTATION CASE FABRIC IS AFFIXED TO THE UNDERLYING RED FELT FABRIC OF THE SHADOW BOX VIA SOME FORM OF CHEMICAL ADHESIVE MATERIAL AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. PRESIDENT FRANKLIN DELANO ROOSEVELT AUTHORIZED THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL BY EXECUTIVE ORDER 9419 DATED 4 FEBRUARY 1944, RETROACTIVE TO 7 DECEMBER 1941. THIS AUTHORIZATION WAS ANNOUNCED IN WAR DEPARTMENT BULLETIN NO. 3, DATED 10 FEBRUARY 1944. THE EXECUTIVE ORDER WAS AMENDED BY PRESIDENT JOHN F. KENNEDY, PER EXECUTIVE ORDER 11046 DATED 24 AUGUST 1962, TO EXPAND THE AUTHORIZATION TO INCLUDE THOSE SERVING WITH FRIENDLY FORCES. AS A RESULT OF A STUDY CONDUCTED IN 1947, THE POLICY WAS IMPLEMENTED THAT AUTHORIZED THE RETROACTIVE AWARD OF THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL TO SOLDIERS WHO HAD RECEIVED THE COMBAT INFANTRYMAN BADGE (CIB) OR THE COMBAT MEDICAL BADGE (CMB) DURING WORLD WAR II. THE BASIS FOR DOING THIS WAS THAT THE BADGES WERE AWARDED ONLY TO SOLDIERS WHO HAD BORNE THE HARDSHIPS WHICH RESULTED IN GENERAL (GEN) GEORGE C. MARSHALL'S ORIGINAL ADVOCACY FOR THE CREATION OF THE BRONZE STAR MEDAL. (SOURCE: THE INSTITUTE OF HERALDRY- HTTP://WWW.TIOH.HQDA.PENTAGON.MIL) [LOWER, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER] MILITARY ISSUE, CLOTH PATCH U.S. ARMY ENLISTED RANK INSIGNIA- PRIVATE FIRST CLASS E-3 ((PFC) FULL COLOR). THE INSIGNIA CONSISTS OF AN OD GREEN AND GOLD FABRIC PATCH IN THE FORM OF A SINGLE EMBROIDERED GOLD CHEVRON OVER AN OD GREEN BACKGROUND, WITH AN EMBROIDERED GREEN EXTERIOR BORDER. THE INSIGNIA IS PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO THE UNDERLYING RED FELT FABRIC OF THE SHADOW BOX VIA SOME FORM OF CHEMICAL ADHESIVE MATERIAL AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. (SOURCE: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD), ENLISTED RANK INSIGNIA- HTTP://WWW.DEFENSE.GOV/ABOUT/INSIGNIAS/ENLISTED.ASPX) [LOWERMOST, PROPER LEFT-HAND CORNER] MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. ARMY ENLISTED INFANTRY BRANCH INSIGNIA COLLAR DISK. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A CIRCULARLY SHAPED BRASS COLORED METAL DISK WITH A RAISED RELIEF DESIGN AT THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE DEPICTING THE U.S. ARMY INFANTRY BRANCH INSIGNIA; I.E. TWO (2) CROSSED, VINTAGE MODEL 1795 SPRINGFIELD ARSENAL MUSKETS. THE COLLAR DISK IS CIRCUMSCRIBED BY A LIGHT BLUE, POLY-PLASTIC BACKING. THE COLLAR DISK IS PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO THE UNDERLYING RED FELT FABRIC OF THE SHADOW BOX VIA SOME FORM OF CHEMICAL ADHESIVE MATERIAL AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. CROSSED MUSKETS WERE FIRST INTRODUCED INTO THE ARMY AS THE INSIGNIA OF OFFICERS AND ENLISTED MEN OF THE INFANTRY ON 19 NOVEMBER 1875 (WAR DEPARTMENT GENERAL ORDER NO. 96 DATED 19 NOVEMBER 1875). IN 1924, THE BRANCH INSIGNIA WAS STANDARDIZED BY THE ADOPTION OF CROSSED MUSKETS AND THE MODEL 1795 SPRINGFIELD ARSENAL MUSKET (THE FIRST (1ST) OFFICIAL UNITED STATES SHOULDER ARM, MADE IN A GOVERNMENT ARSENAL WITH INTERCHANGEABLE PARTS) AS THE STANDARD MUSKET TO BE USED. THE DEVICE ADOPTED IN 1922 HAS BEEN IN CONTINUAL USE SINCE 1924. (SOURCE: THE INSTITUTE OF HERALDRY- HTTP://WWW.TIOH.HQDA.PENTAGON.MIL) [LOWERMOST, CENTER EDGE] MILITARY ISSUE, CLOTH PATCH U.S. ARMY 173RD AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA, FULL COLOR. THE INSIGNIA CONSISTS OF A BLUE, WHITE, AND RED FABRIC PATCH IN THE FORM OF A SQUARE SHAPED BLUE SHIELD WITH ROUNDED UPPER AND LOWER EDGES AND A WHITE EMBROIDERED BORDER. THE SHIELD FEATURES AN EMBROIDERED, VERTICAL WHITE WING IN FLIGHT AT THE CENTER, WITH THE ULNA (LOWER END) EXTENDED AND HOOKED AROUND A RED EMBROIDERED BAYONET. ABOVE THE SHIELD IS A BLUE FABRIC AIRBORNE TAB WITH AN EMBROIDERED BLUE BORDER AND THE PHRASE, "AIRBORNE" EMBROIDERED IN WHITE, BLOCK LETTERING AT THE CENTER OF THE TAB. THE INSIGNIA AND ACCOMPANYING TAB ARE PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO THE UNDERLYING RED FELT FABRIC OF THE SHADOW BOX VIA SOME FORM OF CHEMICAL ADHESIVE MATERIAL AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE BAYONET IN THE INSIGNIA IS EMPLOYED TO REFER TO THE BRIGADE BEING BORNE BY THE WING, ALLUDING TO THE UNIT'S AIRBORNE STATUS. RED, WHITE, AND BLUE ARE THE NATIONAL COLORS. THE SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA WAS ORIGINALLY APPROVED ON 13 MAY 1963. IT WAS AMENDED TO CORRECT THE DIMENSIONS ON 29 JULY 1963. THE INSIGNIA WAS AMENDED TO INCLUDE THE TAB AND UPDATE THE DESCRIPTION ON 26 APRIL 2000. IT WAS RE-DESIGNATED FOR THE 173RD AIRBORNE BRIGADE COMBAT TEAM ON 11 OCTOBER 2006. (SOURCE: THE INSTITUTE OF HERALDRY- HTTP://WWW.TIOH.HQDA.PENTAGON.MIL) [LOWER, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER] MILITARY ISSUE, CLOTH PATCH U.S. ARMY ENLISTED RANK INSIGNIA- PRIVATE FIRST CLASS E-3 ((PFC) FULL COLOR). THE INSIGNIA CONSISTS OF AN OD GREEN AND GOLD FABRIC PATCH IN THE FORM OF A SINGLE EMBROIDERED GOLD CHEVRON OVER AN OD GREEN BACKGROUND, WITH AN EMBROIDERED GREEN EXTERIOR BORDER. THE INSIGNIA IS PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO THE UNDERLYING RED FELT FABRIC OF THE SHADOW BOX VIA SOME FORM OF CHEMICAL ADHESIVE MATERIAL AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. (SOURCE: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE (DOD), ENLISTED RANK INSIGNIA- HTTP://WWW.DEFENSE.GOV/ABOUT/INSIGNIAS/ENLISTED.ASPX) [LOWERMOST, PROPER RIGHT-HAND CORNER] MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. ARMY ENLISTED "U.S." COLLAR DISK. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A CIRCULARLY SHAPED BRASS COLORED METAL DISK CHARGED AT THE CENTER OF THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE WITH THE RAISED, BLOCK LETTERS, "U.S." THE COLLAR DISK IS CIRCUMSCRIBED BY A LIGHT BLUE, POLY-PLASTIC BACKING. THE COLLAR DISK IS PRESENTLY AFFIXED TO THE UNDERLYING RED FELT FABRIC OF THE SHADOW BOX VIA SOME FORM OF CHEMICAL ADHESIVE MATERIAL AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. THE OBJECT IS ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (36523).
  • Associated Item Text: Text of the various engraved, raised lettering, and embroidered inscriptions upon the items within the display case (as well as upon the display case itself) is transcribed in full, as follows: [Engraved inscriptions] "THE ROCK / BRIGMAN" / [Raised lettering inscriptions] "V / V / U.S. / PAT. PEND." / [Embroidered inscriptions] "AIRBORNE"
  • Item Dimensions and Weight:
    • Item Weight: 950.0g
    • Item Length: 28.5cm
    • Item Width: 36.0cm
    • Item Height: N/A
    • Item Depth: 4.2cm (Case depth)
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