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National Infantry Museum opens in Georgia
NBC Augusta ^ | June 19, 2009 | AP story

Posted on 06/20/2009 3:36:53 PM PDT by smokingfrog

The National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning has officially opened, with retired Gen. Colin Powell speaking at the grand opening.

The four-star general and former secretary of state joined other dignitaries Friday at the $107 million, 190,000-square-foot museum honoring the 234-year history of the U.S. Army Infantry.

The building contains a 13,000-square-foot hall with six galleries covering battles from the Revolutionary War to Iraq.

Outside, Gen. George Patton's original office and sleeping quarters are found on World War II Street, which also displays 1940s barracks, mess hall and other buildings moved from their original locations on Fort Benning.


TOPICS: VetsCoR
KEYWORDS: fortbenning; infantry; queenofbattle; thelast100yards
The National Infantry Museum
1 posted on 06/20/2009 3:36:54 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog; SandRat
Army Ping!

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
2 posted on 06/20/2009 3:37:49 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: smokingfrog
Pictures of boots, more boots, and many boots?

/johnny

3 posted on 06/20/2009 3:41:13 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (God Bless us all, each, and every one.)
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To: smokingfrog

Looking forward to visiting it and reminiscing.


4 posted on 06/20/2009 3:52:03 PM PDT by TADSLOS
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To: TADSLOS

I don’t believe that officers wear the Combat Infantryman’s Badge? Even if they did, I do not believe that Powell would have been eligible. Most of his military history was spent behind a desk.


5 posted on 06/20/2009 3:58:55 PM PDT by Melchior
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To: Melchior

Wrong on both counts.


6 posted on 06/20/2009 4:00:25 PM PDT by TADSLOS
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To: smokingfrog

” I am the Infantry Follow Me. “
Rings like a long ago bell in my head. Geronimo.


7 posted on 06/20/2009 4:45:08 PM PDT by Pompah
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To: ConorMacNessa; All
God Bless Lt. Colonel Dick Grube.

For those of you who are so inclined, please remember him in your prayers. He is in poor health.

8 posted on 06/20/2009 6:21:50 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( Don't mess with the mockingbird! /\/\ http://tiny.cc/freepthis)
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To: smokingfrog
Prayers going up for LCOL Dick Grube - may he have a speedy recovery!

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
9 posted on 06/20/2009 6:29:23 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: TADSLOS

Does command of an artillery firebase in Viet Nam call for the CIB?


10 posted on 06/21/2009 6:30:04 AM PDT by Melchior
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To: Melchior

Command of anything doesn’t call for a CIB.


11 posted on 06/21/2009 6:42:29 AM PDT by TADSLOS
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To: TADSLOS

Would you admit then that there can be a substantial difference between an infantryman and an infantry commander? If one were the commander of, say, the First Cav but was never a grounpounder in his career, would he be an infantryman?


12 posted on 06/21/2009 6:57:18 AM PDT by Melchior
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To: Melchior

Apples and oranges. That’s not the way the system works.


13 posted on 06/21/2009 7:22:58 AM PDT by TADSLOS
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To: smokingfrog

Good find...added to ‘places to go’ list! Sorry to see it’s being hijacked by a less than perfect choice for keynote speaker. Come on GIs, Hackworth, and other ‘perfect choices’ can’t speak any more! Not having been a Benning grad, I’m not one either! just a lowly USASESS joja boy. Amazing....a military museum grand opening in the current era, just wow!


14 posted on 06/21/2009 8:56:25 AM PDT by CRBDeuce (here, while the internet is still free of the Fairness Doctrine)
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To: TADSLOS

You didn’t answer my question.


15 posted on 06/21/2009 5:57:46 PM PDT by Melchior
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To: Pompah
”I am the Infantry Follow Me."

Or, if you have seen the statue, "I've had this shit up to here."

16 posted on 06/21/2009 6:01:31 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Melchior
Would you admit then that there can be a substantial difference between an infantryman and an infantry commander?

Not necessarily, and most likely not the case at Brigade and below commands.

If one were the commander of, say, the First Cav but was never a grounpounder in his career, would he be an infantryman?

Being an infantryman isn't a requirement to be the CG of the 1st Cav Division or any other division, for that matter. He may have started as one or he may have been branched in any one of the other combat or combat support branches. A general officer, by design, is branch immaterial. That's why you don't see branch insignia on their dress uniforms.

17 posted on 06/21/2009 6:52:56 PM PDT by TADSLOS
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To: smokingfrog
And they couldn't have found anyone better than Powell to open the museum? What,was Cindy Sheehan unavailable?
18 posted on 06/21/2009 8:50:51 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: Melchior; TADSLOS
I don’t believe that officers wear the Combat Infantryman’s Badge?

Only if they served in combat in an infantry position, i.e., platoon leader, company commnder or battalion commander of an infantry unit.

During the Vietnam conflict it was not uncommon for officers from other branches to serve as infantry platoon leaders. Thus you might occasionally see a field artillery officer with a CIB.

If i recall correctly, General Powell attended the infantry officers advanced course at Ft. Benning; makes me think he was an infantry officer. If he was a platoon leader or company commander of an infantry unit in Vietnam, he would have been awarded the CIB.

Hope this clears the discussion.

Regards,

19 posted on 06/23/2009 6:18:25 PM PDT by OldCorps
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To: OldCorps

Powell was an Infantry branched officer. He earned his CIB and Purple Heart as a captain serving as an advisor to the South Vietnamese Army. - and yes, he was, and still is eligible to wear the CIB.


20 posted on 06/23/2009 7:06:03 PM PDT by TADSLOS
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To: smokingfrog

Did they move the old museum? I visited an Inf Museum when my kid graduated boot camp 3 or so years ago.


21 posted on 06/27/2009 10:29:13 PM PDT by rahbert ("When Democrats are in charge, stupid things happen"..)
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To: rahbert

It’s a newer and larger museum. Just off base now. Still free admission.


22 posted on 06/27/2009 10:48:25 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( Don't mess with the mockingbird! /\/\ http://tiny.cc/freepthis)
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