The actual Battalion Flag

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The actual Battalion Flag

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Re: The actual Battalion Flag

Postby Niner Alpha » Sat May 02, 2015 10:29 pm

The "actual" battalion flag is probably on some shelf in a archive someplace never to be seen again by anybody who served under it while it was a symbol with any meaning. You can see a part of it here in this photo from the Blue Book behind Col. Carlson. But ... Lt. Col Cornelius Gearin was the battalion commander when all of us who served in 1970 were there and to see the flag he personally had and took home and kept to remember his service is as close to the real thing as we are going to get. And.... it is a real relic of that time ... maybe more real than the actual flag.... all things considered.
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Re: The actual Battalion Flag

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Re: The actual Battalion Flag

Postby Niner Alpha » Wed Oct 07, 2015 9:08 pm

Col. Gearin's flag made it to Branson.
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Re: The actual Battalion Flag

Postby Niner Alpha » Thu Oct 27, 2016 11:41 pm

I sent a message to my House of Representative guy Bradley Byrne asking him if he could find out if the actual battalion flag still exists and if it does where it is and explaining what I did in the previous posts in attempting to find out this information. This was several months ago on a wild hair notion. Out of the blue I got a phone call yesterday. It was somebody on the Congressman's staff. He said he made some inquiries and said the Army only releases flags to Army units. I said...great ...but that's not what I was interested in. I didn't want the flag. I only wanted to know if it still existed some place and where that place was. I personally had the feeling that the flag was kept by one of the later short term stateside unit commanders or sold at a government clearance sale....or just on some forgotten shelf in a warehouse somewhere. He said he would continue to seek an answer for me.

I'm not holding my breath. The best ultimate outcome would be if it is found in some particularly identifiable location.... the 31st Association with it's retired fast aging general.. admittedly from the 4th Battalion .. would have enough pull to get it to a 31st Reunion...maybe. However... the 31st Association does not inspire any hope nor confidence that it will even continue into the future and the fast aging general probably could care less. So.. this is all a fool's errand in any case.

Now if you are reading this... and if you have a Congressman or Senator... and if you know his name and can get to his online site... and if you have nothing better to do one day... send him or her or them a message asking what happened to the flag. If enough politician's staff members, with nothing much else to do, get asked the question, maybe there will be a real answer... even though none of the 6/31st that still lives will likely ever set eyes on it again. And....this isn't about the flag..it's what it represents... particularly the guys that died while serving with the battalion in Vietnam in a war that was a total waste in every measurable way.

If there is ever a reunion of the 6/31st again..or any outfit that served like we did .. the government should make it their obligation that the battalion flag shows up for the event out of respect for those who served. But... fat chance.
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Re: The actual Battalion Flag

Postby Niner Alpha » Fri Dec 02, 2016 11:02 am

And.... nothing more has happened as far as getting information.

I think it' is really lost in some government storage some place.....or it no longer exists. Guess I'll never know. But... maybe I'm the only one that remains that is curious what happened to it.

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