The Unbalanced Scale Of Recognition
Subject: Combat Infantry Badge
Military Personnel: Former members of the AAF
Place: Philippine Islands @Defense of Bataan
Ref: The Infantry School
Military History Committee
Fort Benning, Georgia
Advanced Officers Course
1946 - 1947
Personal Experience of a platoon leader
Type of operation described: Regiment in the Defense
The regiment Lt. Sheldon H. Mendelson, Infantry is referring to is the First Provisional Air Corps Regiment, II Corps.
The last portion of his 25-page description states:
"From the 28th of January when the Orion line became the main battle position, until the beginning of April when the final Japanese offensive began, the Provisional Air Corps Regiment was the only American Infantry in the front line. Although Chemical Warfare and other service personnel who participated in the last few days fighting with the 31st. Inf. (U.S.) have been awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, the members of the Provisional Air Corps Regiment have not."
I discovered that only a few were awarded the Combat Infantry Badge (CIB) in accordance with War Department Circular 269, dated 27 October 1943. It did not require a member to possess the MOS of an infantryman such as the guideline dated 1961 which did not pertain to WWII era.
I have identified hundreds of combat infantrymen without the MOS of an infantryman awarded the CIB for participating in the Battle of Bataan, and Battle of the Bulge.
A Congressman has presented the CIB to a member of the regiment, and a Congresswoman presented the CIB to a member assigned to a unit not classified as infantry.
What is the answer to those that survived the battle, and being prisoner of war? What is the answer to the next of kin?