The picture is of two recent returnees from Iraq. They were in a Civil Affairs unit attempting to stabilize the local government in some backwater location. One is a retired school teacher whose job was to assist in establishing elementary schools, the other in establishing water and electrical service working with American (and local) engineer units, with combat support in the background. The pen plaque says, "The pen is mighter than the sword". Also an ink bottle. Both have the service ribbon given for their one year tour. The "V" is to hold a "coin" issued by their higher headquarters (issued at a later date). The knife has slipped a bit and the green felt behind the tip shows a bit. Knife will move easily to cover it once mounted on a wall. The felt is to keep the oak wood from interacting with the metal of the knife. The plaque is in the shape of the country of Iraq. I'm the old retired Army special operations sergeant on the right. Shenandoah
It appears the photo didn't make the trip.
Well rats, didn't work a second time. Sorry everyone.
Last edited by Shenandoah; 03-26-2012 at 11:13 AM. Reason: Photo did not copy
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