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Old 03-17-2012, 05:38 PM
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Just got some news from my son. He's stationed in El Paso TX at Fort Bliss in the 1st Armoured Division. They had a photographer with them on a recent training exercise and they took pics of him during training. He is a 240 gunner attached to the 4-17th. He recieved the coin from the Command Sgt. Major. He and and another gunner was the only two in the battalion to earn the coins.

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Old 03-17-2012, 05:54 PM
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Congrats to your son!

From North of the 49th. I thank him for his service!!!

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Old 03-17-2012, 06:10 PM
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Congrats on your part and also all our TROOPS, no matter what branch they are in.
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:35 PM
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Awesome. How proud should that make you and him. Tell him Thank You for serving our country.
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:38 PM
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Congrats to your son. And congrats to you for raising such a fine one....
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:06 PM
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congratulations all around there. Nice pictures also.
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:15 PM
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Excellent sjsfire.
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Old 03-17-2012, 11:15 PM
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sjsfire,

Congratulations on raising a fine Son and please give him our heartfelt thanks for his service to our Country. I do have one question though...What do both the word Buffalo and the symbol on the coin stand for? Please excuse my ignorance, I have never served in the military.

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Old 03-18-2012, 01:51 AM
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Every item that's contained on that coin is very well documented and symbolizes part of the history of the 17th Regiment which goes back at least as far as the Civil War and which can be found here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/17th_In...United_States)

For instance:

The buffalo, shown on the blue shield bellow the stone wall represents the Regiments glorious history in the Korean war. The "Buffalo" nickname was adopted after one of the Regiment's Commanding Officers in the Korean war, Col. William W. "Buffalo Bill" Quinn.
It's part of the 1st Armored Division:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1st_Arm...United_States)

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Old 03-18-2012, 03:13 AM
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Originally Posted by arcticap View Post
Every item that's contained on that coin is very well documented and symbolizes part of the history of the 17th Regiment which goes back as far as the Civil War and which can be found here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/17th_In...(United_States)

Very interesting...the 17th was part of the Fifth Corps. under General Sykes at Gettysburg. My own great-great- grandfather's regiment was with the Fifth at Gettysburg as well.
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