Skip to comments.Army father awards combat patch to son
Posted on 04/12/2010 5:04:45 PM PDT by SandRat
JOINT BASE BALAD Receiving the combat patch is a milestone in any Soldiers career. On April 8, a father placed the storied patch on his son's right shoulder here, making the moment even more special for both.
Col. Jeff H. Holmes, commander, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), travelled here from Contingency Operating Base Taji to patch his son, Spc. Hulon Holmes, a gunner with 3rd Platoon, F Troop, 2-278th ACR.
The elder Holmes said it was an honor to put a combat patch on his son and he was glad he was able to make it for the ceremony.
"I haven't been able to attend all the regiment's subordinate combat patch ceremonies, but it was very special for me and I wanted to make sure I was here for it," he said.
Col. Holmes said these ceremonies typically happen 30 days into a rotation.
"This is a good chance to commemorate a Soldier's service in wartime and in theater," he said.
The colonel said many of the Soldiers already have a combat patch from prior deployments, but for those who do not, they try to make this a significant event.
"It exhibits a lot of respect from one combat veteran to the other, and a significant transition in one's career to put one on," he said.
Realizing it is a rare occurrence that a father has a chance to put a combat patch on his son, the colonel said "I wanted to seize the moment."
This is Hulon Holmes' first deployment, and he said receiving the combat patch is special.
"It's kind of an honor to be able to receive something like this, knowing that I've been here with these guys making a difference," he said.
He said it was an honor to be patched by his father.
"I didn't expect that this would be able to happen," he said. "It was nice to see him in general, but for him to be able to put the patch on me, it was a great moment."
Spc. Holmes said he is proud to serve under his father and could not ask for a better assignment. His father was patient with him, he said, and never pressured him to join the military.
"He left that completely up to me," he said. "Eventually, it just kind of got to me. I knew it was something that I wanted and needed to do."
God bless this father and son and God bless all our military, active or on stand-by, their families and all our allies and their families!
That’s a family moment that will last forever. Totally awesome.
My dad and uncles were not career men, they did their wartime service and moved on. My event was 40-50 years after theirs, but this would have totally iced the cake !
Is that equivalent to the CIB?
When I was in Korea Marines called us lambs led to slaughter.