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    roque_riojas got a reaction from CaptO in Willie and Joe   
    When I went to San Antonio and on the way back I stayed in Ok. City, with Martha,
    she took me to the 45th Divn. Museum there. It is a huge place. It was on a Monday,
    last Monday, and it was closed but the Curator was there and when he saw my cap,
    (34th Inf. Divn.), he gave me a personal tour, that lasted over an hour. Anyway there
    is one HUGE room filled with Bill Mauldins' sketches, BUT the one I was looking for was
    not there. So I asked the Curator about it and he rememberd so we went to the office and he found it. and the book. put the open book on a machine and he MADE me a 8x11 copy.
    and all he said was, THIS IS FROM THE 45th to the 34th.!!!! What a prize, Bill Mauldin
    drew it when the 34th reached 600 days of combat. I walked out of that Museum
    like I was 10ft. tall. The Curator standing at the door justa grinin'.
    The sketch was of Willie and Joe walking with canes and had beards 2 ft. long
    Joes' shirt had the RED BULL patch. Roque,(Rocky)
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    roque_riojas got a reaction from Bmcgugin in CIB's being awarded to com engs   
    YOU EARN THE C.I.B. NO MATTER IF YOU ARE A BUCKASS PRIVATE OR AN OFFICER. IF YOU WERE IN COMBAT YOU DAMN WELL EARNED IT. tHERE IS NO CLASSIFICATION. THAT IS WHY IT'S CALLED C.I.B. COMBAT INFANTRY. I got mine in '44 when they were first issued. We just came off the line to a rest area andthe Lt. came by and tossed it at me, I said what the hell is this, all he said
     
    was, cause you were in combat. Custerman now you know how to get one. Rocky I STILL SAY THE COMBAT ENGINEERS HAVE EARNED THE RIGHT TO HAVE THE C.I.B.
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    roque_riojas got a reaction from Sterling's daughter in 292nd Engineer Combat Battalion (New Member)   
    JEWELER, I'LL JUST ADD MY 2 CENTS--
    WELCOME ON BOARD,YA HEAR!!!!
     
    MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE COMBAT ENGINEERS WASN'T TOO MUCH, JUST
    THREE RIVER CROSSINGS OF THE VOLTURNO RIVER ONE CROSSING OF THE
    RAPIDO RIVER AND ONE OVER THE ARNO RIVER. JUST GOT MY BOOTS MUDDY
    AND DIDN'T STEP ON ANY SHCU MINES. I GUESS YOU HAVE HEARD OF THEM.
    AND OF COURSE THE BOUNCING BETTYS. I DO HOPE THEY GET THE MEDAL
    I HAVE. THE ----C.I.B.----- ROCKY
     
    THREE CHEERS FOR THE COMBAT ENGINEERS.---
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    roque_riojas got a reaction from Frank Gubbels in Remagen-Ludendorf Bridge March 17, 1945   
    Frank Gubbels; YOU DESERVE A SALUTE FROM THIS DOGFACE FOR WHAT
    YOU DO AND SO CLOSE TO THE CEMENTARY. AGAIN SALUTE.
    Roque J.Riojas, in behalf of the 34th. Divn. Assoc.
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