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WW-2 sterling Combat Infantry Badge My Vietnam one NOT sterling!

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Military Badges57 of 87WWII Luftwaffe GWL Pilot BadgePART III  LEFT BEHIND SERIES
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Posted 3 years ago


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I looked at my father's medals today, He retired a Colonel, Army reserves. I was kind of surprised to see his combat infantry badge from WW-2 is sterling silver, I was enlisted (drafted) 2 years Vietnam, and received a combat infantry badge, looks similar, but of course it is not sterling, as I guess Officers get even better medals, than enlisted men, even if they are same medal. I do not care, I did not like war. But now happy I have a few of these sterling CIB"s, and a few that are not sterling.


  1. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 3 years ago
    It wasn't the rank, it was the era.
  2. scottvez scottvez, 3 years ago
    Agree with chris-- mine have not been sterling either.

    Of course, any soldier is free to purchase an upgrade at the PX-- the staybright versions are popular.

  3. toracat toracat, 3 years ago
    happy to learn about this
  4. ttomtucker ttomtucker, 3 years ago
    I received the EIB in 1962 and It's not sterling. The sterling has a rich color tone then the silver filled issued later.
  5. toracat toracat, 3 years ago
    I can see that when I compare mine to my father"s ! thanks

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