So how does an air assault badge strike you?

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So how does an air assault badge strike you?

Postby Niner Alpha » Mon Dec 21, 2020 10:50 pm

Having a 101st Division connection from Vietnam too for a few months fifty years ago I noticed this curiosity in a recent post at a facebook site involving a former arty unit. I was one thing and the other as part of an FO team with the 6/31st. It looks like the 101st is going to hand out honorary air assault badges to Vietnam Veterans. Guess since there isn't any 9th Division this may be a one division thing. I somehow think this is about as worthless as those cold war medals that you can get if you were to want to pay for one. Air medals for combat insertions ought to get more respect. In any case this is what was stated:

ATTENTION VIETNAM SCREAMING EAGLE VETERANS: The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) will be recognizing our Vietnam veterans during the Week of the Eagles (June 21 -25, 2021). We would like to personally recognize those who served in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) with the Honorary Air Assault Badge due to their contributions and execution of air assault missions during the campaign. If you, or a veteran you know, meets all of the following qualifications, please reach out to the 101st Airborne Division Veteran's Association [101exec@screamingeagle.org or 931-431-0199] or your affiliated Regimental Association:
QUALIFICATIONS:
-Was in direct combat while assigned or attached to a combat unit in the 1st Cavalry Division, 101st Airborne Division, 101st Air Cavalry Division or 101st Airborne Division (Air Mobile) in Vietnam during the period from 1965 - 1972; AND
- Was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Combat Action Badge, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal for Valor , Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Silver Star, Distinguished Service Cross, or Medal of Honor or conducted 25 or more Combat Helicopter Assaults or a lesser number of “hot” Landing Zones; AND
-Graduated from Infantry AIT, NCOCC, OCS, IOBC, SERTS, CLC or RECONDO during the Vietnam war"
Veterans meeting all criteria will be eligible for the certification and authorized to purchase and wear or display the Air Assault Badge. Since this is an Honorarium Award, Veterans should not apply to the Board of Corrections to have the Air Assault Badge added to their personnel records. Veteran Regimental Associations will assist in the collection of all information before adding veterans to a mass roster in order to receive an Honorary Air Assault Badge.

(Was there such a thing as a Combat Action Badge in Vietnam? Don't remember hearing of one. )
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Re: So how does an air assault badge strike you?

Postby Niner Delta » Tue Dec 22, 2020 8:43 pm

There was no CAB in Nam, it didn't start until Sept 2001 and not retroactive for wars before that.
Not sure why they would even include that?

Looks like not graduating from an Infantry school or course would keep you from getting one, Robert.
This is obviously only aimed at Infantry MOS.

"AND -Graduated from Infantry AIT, NCOCC, OCS, IOBC, SERTS, CLC or RECONDO during the Vietnam war"

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Re: So how does an air assault badge strike you?

Postby Niner Alpha » Tue Dec 22, 2020 9:31 pm

Thanks for pointing that out Vern. Strange how it was posted on an artillery 2/320th facebook site though. That would leave out a lot of FO team members who earned air medals. I damn sure wouldn't apply for one if I were eligible because there was no such thing when we were in Vietnam. However, since only 101st and 1st Air Cav infantry are deemed worthy makes the idea that much more ridiculous.

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