Ordnance bombs worn on officer's lapels

Ordnance bombs worn on officer’s lapels

When I entered active military service (November 4, 1964) I was placed in the Ordnance Corps. The lapel insignia for Ordnance is a flaming bomb as shown in the actual insignia I wore (two of these bombs are in the collection). I reported to the U.S. Army Ordnance Center and School in Aberdeen, Maryland. I was trained by officers I could never come to respect. Perhaps they knew their jobs, but they did not impress me as leaders. Oddly enough, once I had an assignment in Washington, DC, two of them came to me asking about civilian jobs in DC. While the trainers were not to be respected, I did and still do respect the Corps.

The Ordnance Corps has a proud tradition dating back to colonial America when Samuel Sharpe was appointed as Master Gunner of Ordnance in the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1629. For the next four hundred years, the Ordnance Corps served a pivotal role in the American Army: it built the weapons for the Union Army in the Civil War, it established forward maintenance as a key tenet during WWI, and organized the first Bomb Disposal Units in WWII. Through Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, up to its current operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the men and women of the Ordnance Branch maintain its dedication to the spirit of “Support To The Line, On The Line, On Time!”

Location: 1-B5,C5

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