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SSgt GG-15 RET Jim Lint
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There were several infantrymen awarded the CIB three times including CSM Plumley of "We Were Soldiers Once and Young" fame. He was awarded them for WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. EdITED. CSM Plummet was awarded a second award in his official files, but there are pictures of him wearing a third award.
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CPT Lawrence Cable
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SFC (Join to see) - To be fair, recording keeping during WWII and Korea was not exactly state of the art and a many a soldier that should have awards don't have them on their official records. When you add the fact of the Fire at HRC St Louis, a lot of information is gone.
As an example, my Father was diverted to fly in the Berlin Airlift, but his home base never received orders on the deployment.
If someone wants to quibble with the guy that made at least two glider jumps about not being qualified for a CIB because he was in an Artillery Unit as a scout, be my guest.
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CPT Lawrence Cable it’s not a quibble. It has been proven that he wore a CIB with 2 stars but should have only worn a CIB with 1 star. He wore the award way before the fire at HRC.
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CPT Lawrence Cable
CPT Lawrence Cable
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SFC (Join to see) The dispute about Plumley's ribbons didn't start until 2015, after he had been dead for a couple years. The fire in 1974 damaged or destroyed Army records from 1927 through 1960, the periods in question. His DD214 lists award that the current records can verify, although his DD214 only indicates one star. The man has enough verified awards that I am inclined to give him a break given the record keeping in the eras involved.
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CPT Lawrence Cable Yao are entitled to your opinion Larry. But i appreciate that you admit his DD214 states one star. What i don’t understand is the diatribe you continue to blabber about when you stated exactly me point.
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SGT Christopher Hayden
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Just remember, if you see anyone with a 3rd Award (a CIB with 2 stars) they're like 99.99999% a phony BSer. There is a very small, prestigious list of 3rd Awardees and they would all be well into their senior years now.
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Lt Col Stephen Wood
Lt Col Stephen Wood
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Soldiers that are three time recipients had a hard challenge. This from the National Infantry Museum: "Because the gap between the second (Korea) and fourth (War on Terror) periods of eligibility is more than forty-eight years, longer than any likely career in infantry or special forces units, all known three-time recipients served in the World War II, Korea, and Vietnam eras."

There is a "shrine" (my description) of all known three time recipients at the National Infantry Museum at Benning. A former officer compiled the list, it's over 230 names.
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SPC Travis Grizzard
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Period 3, SWA (Southwest Asia) Conflict is Desert Storm.
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SPC Travis Grizzard - to clarify, and ignoring the typo in the AR 600-8-22 para 8-6 c, there are four periods of service for the CIB
1) WWII (7 December 1941 to 3 September 1945).
2) Korea (27 June 1950 to 27 July 1953).
3) vietnam and other conflicts (2 March 1961 to 10 March 1995).
4) GWOT (18 September 2001 to a date to be determined)
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SSG Lee Kujawa - The trooper you mentioned only qualified for one award, as they were both in the same period
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LTC Jason Mackay
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Yes, as long as they meet the criteria for two different award periods. Korea and Vietnam would be legit. More than one star is tracked by the Infantry Museum. There are like five or six left. AR 600-8-22 page 97 of the 2015 regulation:

(e) Servicemembers from the other U.S. Armed Forces and foreign military (infantry and SF equivalents) assigned or attached as a member of a U.S. Army infantry or SF unit of brigade, regimental, or smaller size may be considered for award of the CIB. All basic requirements as listed above must be met. Retroactive awards under these criteria are not authorized for service prior to 18 September 2001.
c. The CIB is authorized for award for the following qualifying wars, conflicts, and operations (see para 8–6g on subsequent award of the CIB):
(1) World War II (7 December 1941 to 3 September 1945).
(2) Korean War (27 June 1950 to 27 July 1953).
(3) Republic of Vietnam Conflict (2 March 1961 to 28 March 1973) combined with qualifying service in Laos (19
April 1961 to 6 October 1962).
(4) Dominican Republic (28 April 1965 to 1 September 1966).
(5) Korea on the demilitarized zone (DMZ) (4 January 1969 to 31 March 1994).
(6) El Salvador (1 January 1981 to 1 February 1992).
(7) Grenada (23 October to 21 November 1983).
(8) Joint Security Area, Panmunjom, Korea (23 November 1984).
(9) Panama (20 December 1989 to 31 January 1990).
(10) SWA Conflict (17 January to 11 April 1991).
(11) Somalia (5 June 1993 to 31 March 1994).
(12) Afghanistan (OEF, 18 September 2001 to 31 December 2014; OFS, 1 January 2015 to a date to be determined). (13) Iraq (OIF, 19 March 2003 to 31 August 2010; OND, 1 September 2010 to 31 December 2011).
(14) OIR (15 June 2015 to a date to be determined).

Triple CIB (2 stars) : https://www.army.mil/article/90516/CIB_exhibit_unveiled_at_museum
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SFC Owner/Operator
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#10 & #12 here, invaded Iraq twice.
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LTC Mike Egan
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I question #5, I was a Brigade S- 1 and never saw orders for a CIB come through the process. Maybe I missed something, but I don't thinks so on this topic. Theoretically, a Soldier who's 18 years old in 1983 and went to Grenada, could have easily earned a second award, and possibly a third depending on the geographic areas for the award. That would include 36 years of Service. The term Army eye candy is an exceptionally arrogant and condescending remark from someone who probably never carried a rucksack or lived in the dirt. Maybe you should figure out what normal life in the Infantry is all about.
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SSG Darrell Peters
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when I was a kid I knew a few with the third award back in the 1960's WWII, Korea and Vietnam. I know once currently with two Vietnam and Desert Storm. It is now possible to have two, one from desert storm and one from Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom.
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Review the 2019 version, a number of the items listed above are subsets for the period of the award. for instance, in LTC Egan's example above, the Soldier who may have earned the award for Grenada, could only earn a second one as part of GWOT
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