Of all the medals upon our chests
From battles and wars we knew
The one admired as the very best
Is the one of infantry blue
It’s only a rifle upon a wreath
So why should it mean so much?
It is what it took to earn it
That gives it that Touch.
To earn this special accolade
You faced the enemy’s fire
Whether you survived or not
God dialed that one desire.
For those of us who served the cause
And brought this nation glory
It’s the Combat Infantryman’s Badge
That really tells the story.
The year 1985 marked the beginning of The Combat Infantryman’s Association. Three men, all World War veterans, each having earned the Combat Infantry Badge began discussing the possibility of having an “elite” organization. The three men, now known as the “Founding Fathers”, were Robert W. Wisccup, Paul N. Baker and Richard a Soeshee. They began with only their fortitude, drive and persistence to pave the way to our present.
There was very little monetary means available; so much of the early expenses came from the pockets of these three men. The Combat Infantrymen’s Association was formed and incorporated officially on 19 October 1990 in North Carolina.
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A-1-1-KS has been working with the State of Kansas in erecting a monument to honor all combat veterans in Gage Park Memorial, Topeka, KS.