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< Webmaster @ Headquarters-Department of the Army >
"Subject: Your United States Army Insignia Home Page
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 1996 11:05:58 -0400
Someone suggested I take a look at your page, and it looks great! Thank you for providing a useful source of information about America's Army."
< Senior Librarian @ The American War Library >
Date: Mon, 02 DEC 1996 21:25:08 -0500
... there are few military or veteran WWW sites that truly provide historical detail to accuracy and relevance. This site surpasses them all. Your meticulous and very much appreciated efforts to categorize, display and preserve the Insignia of The United States Army exceed any and all work done in this area before ..."
"Award Notice: 19 DEC 96, For Academic Value and Historic Importance,
Voted by the Regents of The American War Library as
1996 BEST VETERAN/MILITARY WORLD WIDE WEBSITE"
< Camporini Sandro @ Isanet.Italy >
Date: Sun, 29 Dec 1996 15:09:30 +0100
Tutto molto completo. Sono uno studioso di storia militare. Grazie perle Vostre informazioni."
< Webmaster @ Home of The Thunderbird Award.Canada >
"Subject: Re: AWARD NOMINATION
Date: Tue, 20 May 1997 21:51:00 -0400
Congratulations. You have won THE THUNDERBIRD AWARD for excellence in Militaryweb site design. Thanks for creating an exceptional web site."
< Webmaster @ North Carolina DPI >
"Subject: Linking to your site[Author's Note: Site now also being utilized by
Date: Mon, 08 Sep 1997 12:18:07 -0400
The Instructional Technology Division of the North Carolina Dept. of Public Instruction is in the process of linking K-12 educators and students to web sites of educational value. We feel that your Uniforms- The Later Revolutionary War Era/1780 site would be of great value to our schools. We would appreciate your allowing us to link to yoursite. The link will appear on our Carolina Clips / North Carolina Historical Sites web page. We would also like to know if it would be okay for the K-12 environment to use the data and pictures from this site for educational purposes."
< Chuck *Doc* Stewart @ Flash.com >
"Subject: Your Site
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 1997 13:35:00 -0700
... What a great resource. I am frequently asked where folks can find ranks and insignia. I now know where to send them. I've included your site on my Military Links page. I would like to offer you the 'Top Vet Site' award ... Job very well done."
"Subject: American Pride Awards
Date: Fri, 05 Dec 1997 06:21:51 -0600
We at 'American Pride Awards' would like to ... add you to the Top 20% list."
< Erin @ W0NDERIN 1.com >
"Subject: Insignia website
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 22:00:42 EST
I would just like to say thanks for keeping up a website like this one! In my class we're studying the Civil War, and I found your website very informative! It's pretty hard to find information on this topic, and your website has just what I'm looking for! Thanks again!"
< Galaxy Commander Urllog @ Galactic Galaxy.com >
"Subject: .US Army Insignia Home Page.
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 00:22:04 -0500
You have earned the "Fantastic Site" rating from Galactoid, Our Galaxy Guide. ...this will advise all visitors that your site has been rated for its kid safe content."
< A T "Mufleta" S. @ Net Vision.Israel >
"Subject: Your site: Insignia.
Date: Sat, 07 Mar 1998 21:58:41 -0800
Good day, dear sir.
... Let me tell you that this site is excellent!... It has substantial research, added with the needed pictures... I have been looking for such a site for a long time, ... since there is no such 'official' site... your site has enlightened me, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this.
Keep up the good work!"
< Sarge @ U.S. Wings.com >
"Subject: Re: Site submittal
Date: Tue, 04 Aug 1998 20:07:16 -0400
You may display Your Gold Wings with pride!!
< MAJ David S. Pound @ US Army CGSOC >
"Subject: Enjoyed Your Page[Author's Note: Fort Leavenworth, Kansas is home to the Command and General Staff College (CGSC). Every summer, over 1,000 military officers and their families arrive to attend the Command and General Staff Officer Course (CGSOC). Officers from all services, and over 90 countries attend the 10-month course.]
Date: Sun, 08 Nov 1998 15:12:16 -0600
Enjoyed your Military Insignia page. Was invaluable for a briefing I was giving. Thanks for the obvious time you spent putting it together.
David S. Pound
< Dan Fisher @ 29th FA RGT >
"Subject: Your Site
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 1998 08:06:15 -0800
... I really, really, checked out your entire site, ... and you have been selected as an "OUTSTANDING SITE" by the 29th Field Artillery Regiment! Your web site demonstrates an appreciation of Veterans which we cannot let go unnoticed, and unrecognized by our comrades!"
< P.H. Jackson @ Compuserve.com >
"Subject: Information & Help
Date: Sat, 14 Nov 1998 06:07:41 -0500
I was very impressed on my first visit to your website, I found it crisp,clear and professional. It's obvious that a tremendous amount of work and expertise has gone into the site.
Ex Corporal RAMC
< Webmaster @ History Television.Canada >
"Subject: History Television: The Ultimate History Archive
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 1999 11:22:29 Eastern Standard Time
... Your site has been reviewed by History Television staff and has now been added to the Archive in the Wars & Conflicts section. Attached you will find a 'History Television Approved' logo that we encourage you to post on your own site."
< Vince Restuccia @ Antarctic Division.gov.Australia >
"Subject: yr site
Date: Tue, 9 Mar 1999 14:29:57 +1100
I must say that your site is the best I have seen regarding USA awards,it's very up to date and shows how much respect is held for all those whoserved in defence of their country.
< Academic Assistance Center @ AOL.com >
"Subject: Your Army Page
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 1999 11:06:32 EDT
I am in the process of designing an area for students to reference the branches of the Military in the United States. I was wondering if I could use some of your graphics to help illustrate the various forms of uniforms.
The Academic Assistance Center of AOL is a free area available to students of all ages. The Knowledge Database (Keyword: KD), contains special topic specific collections as well as numerous articles dedicated to helping the student learn to research their questions.
It would indeed be a privilege to include your graphics.
Manager - Special Collections"
< JudgeMartin @ Keep It Simple Stupid.net >
"Subject: Labora etc. Award
Date: Sat, 01 May 1999 03:44:07 -0500
Congratulations! The Website Designer of Keepitsimplestupid(KISS)Websites has visited your site and it has been selected to receive our award! You have a truly outstanding website that meets our award criteria!
This award is presented to encourage simplicity and elegance in website design: Design devoted to enhancing the content of the site, and content designed to enlighten those who use the Internet.
Again, Congratulations, and thank you for adding a great site to the web!
Pars cantandi pars saltandi
Et in bracas pars bullandi
Keepitsimplestupid (KISS) Websites-Website Designer"
Labora &c. Praemium
< Alicia Arredondo @ Texas Workforce Commission >
"Subject: army page
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 10:36:42 -0700
I am a daughter of a Korean & Vietnam War Veteran (My grandfather was a Korean War POW). I was searching for some information on medals and awards and came across your page. Let me tell you that it is a wonderful source of information and I commend you on such a great site. I have found myself in awe of all the history behind the decorations.
I appreciate your hard work. It is a reflection of the honor and pride you hold in our country.... The poem "Just a Simple Soldier" is simply beautiful! I am having it copied and framed for my fathers 70th birthday. In addition, I was able to look at what the "Old Ironsides" patch looked like, I went to a military store and was able to have that patch put on a cap for my father.
Thanks again for such an excellent & honorable site.
< Brian @ AOL.com >
Date: Sat, 20 Nov 1999 01:09:51 EST
I spent hours trying to figure out what was the rank insignia that my great uncle wore in WWII, 2 seconds on your amazing homepage and I found it...Technician Fifth Class. Thanks a million!!
< AHerrman @ Hi Waay.net >
"Subject: Hello, Regarding the Korean War
Date: Sun, 30 Jan 2000 17:25:29 -0600
Dear Mr. Ploessl,
My grandfather, Don Cloud, served in the Korean War and was a POW at Camp #5. He served in the 38th Artillery Battalion, 2d Infantry Division.
He died about 6 years ago, but his friend and fellow POW, Ted Sprouse had written a manuscript about their experiences. Robert J. Berens wrote a book about them, based on Ted's manuscript. It is entitled, "Limbo on the Yalu...and Beyond!" and tells of their capture and march to Camp #5 and their experiences there.
This book has touched me in a very special way! It's too bad that so few people realize what those before us had to go through for us to obtain this liberty we enjoy. Many of us take it for granted. I just wanted to make as many people as I could aware of this book, because it is so inspirational and great to learn from.
Thank you also for having a webpage as you do, for it enables alot of people out there to learn of something that seems almost forgotten. All this you are doing means so much! Thanks again for all your help! :)
< Betsy @ Earth Link.net >
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000 21:36:36 -0800
A thank you to those who have worked so hard to bring life to those who served and died in WWII. It touches my heart and for the first time makes some of what is left of my father's life there, more real. I'm still moving through the pages and hope that I will find more about what he did.
< The Snap Directory Team @ Snap.com >
"Subject: Your site has been promoted
Date: Wed, 3 May 2000 09:22:19 -0700 (PDT)
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< Mr John M Manguso FSHTX @ US Army Medical Dept >
"Subject: Fine Site!
Date: Sun, 4 Mar 2001 14:35:39 -0600
Happened upon your site while using a search engine to find images of shoulder sleeve insignia. The scope and detail of your site is amazing. The introductory material on each of the wars certainly captures the flavor of each conflict and should serve as a reminder to all citizens of the sacrifices made by American soldiers.
My compliments to you for putting up an excellent site. I have bookmarked it for future reference.
Director, Fort Sam Houston Museum"
< Kathy Fleming @ Star Gate.net >
"Subject: Thank you
Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2001 22:42:36 -0500
Dear Mr. Ploessl,
I am writng to thank you for the medals you promply sent to me for my father. He lost his brother 57 years ago and has never stopped thinking of him. Having these medals is a way to reach back and touch the past of someone you loved very much, but no longer with us.
For me, it was a way to show honor and appreciation for the life lost and the freedom we have today. The medals are flawless, absolutly perfect and look beautiful in the case I have made for them.
I also wanted to thank you for your effort in researching why each medal was awarded and if my uncle was entitled to have it.
Upon giving the medals to my father, he said, "I can't tell you what this means to me to have Frank's medals." My father put his head down and cried. He said, after 57 years his brother is finally getting some recognition.
Thank you for getting the officer's badges to go in the box and finding the 8th AAF metal emblems. Your service was faster then I ever expected and your medals are beautiful. Thank you for helping me give honor to a life lost and closure for my dad.
< Editors @ Military.com >
"Subject: Congratulations on Your Military Site!
Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2001 06:38:49 -0800 (PST)
Congratulations on being selected as a top military site!
Our editors have selected your site as one of the best military sites on the Web. Military.com recognizes your website as a valued resource for the military community. We salute you and your efforts. In appreciation, we would like to present you with our Distinguished Military Site Award.
Again, congratulations on a great military site!
The Military.com Team"
< Webmaster @ Study Web.com >
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2001 20:35:01 -0500
Your website, http://usarmyinsigniahomepage.110mb.com/contarmy.html, has been selected as a featured site in Lightspan's StudyWeb© as one of the best educational resources on the Web by our researchers...
StudyWeb© is one of the Internet's premier sites for educational resources for students and teachers. Since 1996, our expert reviewers have scoured the Internet to select only the finest sites to be included in StudyWeb's listing of educational links.
We invite you to display the prestigious 'StudyWeb© Academic Excellence Award' icon, which is only offered to sites included in the StudyWeb© directory.
Thanks -- and again, congratulations!
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StudyWeb©, Division of Lightspan, Inc."
< Patrick Dewolf @ Planet Internet.Belgium >
"Subject: NUTs & boLTs AWARD
Date: Tue, 10 Jul 2001 13:53:11 +0200
CONGRATULATIONS, I have selected your site and I will give it
"The NUTs & boLTs FAVoritES AWARD" ...
The NUTs & boLTs Guarantee
*ALL links are selected by the author
*All links must contain information helpful for:
- Collectors and/or
- Genealogists and/or
- History Students
Greetings from the Little Gallant Belgium ;-)
Patrick De Wolf"
< B. L. @ N.B.N.net >
Date: Tue, 25 Dec 2001 10:00:29 -0500
Thanks to your web page, I have been able to establish some of the units for which my husband had shoulder patches put away with some of his other Army things.
My husband retired from the U.S. Army in 1973 and we never got around to making up a display of his unit patches, ribbons, and medals. Fortunately, a Chaplain friend and personnel at Fort Indiantown Gap helped me to quickly procure the needed ribbons, etc. for his military uniform for his full military honors burial.
I have since been purchasing the ribbons, medals and, finally, the shoulder patches which I can find in order to make these displays for myself and our children. Your web site has been of tremendous help in completing the names of units to which he was attached -- it provided the additional information I needed.
Thanks so much for your help in providing a well deserved memorial for a terrific husband and father.
< A.Burkle @
U.S. Army.mil >
"DATE = Mon, 13 Jan 2003 08:29
LOOKING FOR = U.S. Marine Corps rank insignia
FIND = Search Engine
CITY = State College
STATE = Pennsylvania
COMMENTS = I currently serve in the PA Army National Guard and I am honored by the outstanding job you have done with the information and presentation within this website. Thank you."
"DATE = Mon, 24 Mar 2003 20:20
LOOKING FOR = To compare ranks from service to service
FIND = Search Engine
CITY = Montreal
STATE = Quebec
COUNTRY = Canada
COMMENTS = Great site. Many thanks. Our prayers are with the American military in the Iraqi theatre, may success be yours for it is well deserved. America, honor your service men and women, for it is thanks to them that you will be able to sleep soundly tonight. May they all return safely. Although my government declined being part of the coalition force I am of the opinion that we, as Canadians, owe our standard of living to the greatest neighbor any country could possibly have, the U.S.A.
May God bless America and its people. Let freedom ring throughout the world."
"DATE = Mon, 01 Apr 2003 10:40
LOOKING FOR = Army rank and description
FIND = Search Engine
CITY = Jacksonville
STATE = Florida
COUNTRY = USA
COMMENTS = I am a 26 year old father and husband currently enrolled in the delayed entry program of the Army. I was simply looking to sharpen my skills at recognizing Army rank. I am honored to say in addition to sharpening up on rank I have come away from this site with much more. I am pleased to see the site of a real patriot."
"DATE = Thu, 22 May 2003 15:11
LOOKING FOR = Curiosidade em conhecer as For‡ as Armadas dos Estados Unidos
FIND = Linked
CITY = Porto Alegre
STATE = Rio Grande do Sul
COUNTRY = BRASIL
COMMENTS = A p gina ‚ excepcional, visito-a constantemente e cada vez encontro mais informa‡äes interessantes."
"Subject: A Comment of Appreciation
Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 11:12 PM
I can't thank you enough for this research. I am currently a 1LT with the Air Force and I find it fascinating how rank has developed over time.
My biggest profit from your website came a few weeks ago when some reenactors from North Dakota's Roughriders were staging a reenactment and I was able to visually discern who was in charge of who -- a simple observation, but pretty good nonetheless.
I also saw the foreign allies in WWII and wish I had something at least as remotely similar to your page in my dealings with other nations. Pardon me for saying so, but it's a "pain in the ass" when you're trying to figure out what symbol means what when dealing with Kuwaiti . . :D
Thanks again and please keep the site up for a lot of reasons. :D
Re: Purchase MEDALS
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 10:15 PM &
Fri, 25 Jul 2003 7:27 AM
I can't thank you enough, my father and family were speechless. It meant a lot to him... The display case was proudly presented ... this past Sunday at a family reunion. The ... photo is of my parents, my two oldest brothers (both Navy Veterans), my sister and me...
It was a real honor to present this to him. Thank you again for all your help!Best regards,
< Robert Bloom @ K.C. R.R.com >
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2003 21:45:28 -0500
I am writing to you to express how much I have enjoyed your website. It is most informative and beautifully created.
I am the current president of the Jewish Veterans Museum Association in Kansas City. We were established in 1990 to communicate to our children through exhibits and education the vital role our families, friends, and communities have played in serving our country. We have approximately 30 feet of showcases in the Jewish Community Center. We have over 4,000 names of Veterans who have served from our area on a glass wall. Over this past year we have begun the process of entering the names, veteran profiles, and pictures on to a computer to be utilized by the general public.
The Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy is also located within the community center. The school is Kindergarten through 12th grades.
I would like to know if you would permit our Association the rights to use your website in some way on our computer display. It would be a tremendous educational tool for children and adults alike...
President, Jewish Veterans Museum Assoc."
< Scott Wagle @ JOIN K.com
"Subject: Your Site
Date: Mon, 02 Mar 2005 09:41:39 -0500
Dear Sir,I found your site from my searches for Military Insignia on the internet and I took some time to read your 'poems' or the unique perspectives on a "Soldier's life" and I just wanted to say that they were deeply moving. I am prior Air Force, and currently awaiting my next adventure in the Army.
I served during Operation Desert Storm and appreciate your view of a "Soldier's Life". All of our Military Service Men and Women need to know that their lives are not a meaningless gesture in my house and those of my immediate and extended family. We all feel deeply appreciative of their sacrifices each and every moment of the lives we lead. I myself have pledged my life for duty in the protection of the liberties and freedoms that our fellow soldiers gave their lives to defend and protect long before me. I believe that those same values and protections should be given to all in the world, no matter who they are or where they may live. Your perspectives made me think of things I have done, what I am doing, and where I may go and I realized I am already there. I am an American Soldier.Sincerely Yours,Franklin Wagle, SPCUS Army"
< Paul @ Wanadoo.co.UK >
"Subject: Thank you
Date: Thu, 26 May 2005 05:56 AM
I found your site to be one of the best US Army sites on the Web. A great deal of commitment on your part.
I have finally been able to identify all the badges and insignia I collected and traded with US Army soldiers whilst I served in Op Desert Storm.
Royal Canadian Navy retired"
< J. P. Conway @ SBC Global.net >
"Subject: Commend the US Army Insignia Home Page!
Date: 2005/12/08 Thu AM 11:00:53 CST
Dear Sir or Madam,
I recently discovered the US Army Insignia Home Page website while researching the history of Army Nurse insignia. I found the site to be very helpful in my research and helpful in resolving other questions I've compiled, over the years, as to the when and why of certain insignia and changes. I have been a student of Army insignia most of my life and I was delighted to find this information so perfectly illustrated, organized and presented in one place.I commend this work and would like to attach a link to the links page of the website I am building at www.vhpamuseum.org/. I thank you for your consideration and, again, for the outstanding work presented on this site.Best Regards,John Conwaywebmaster www.vhpamuseum.org/"
< FXB @ Fast Web Net.Italy >
"Subject: Reproduction of WW1 patches
Date: 2006/05/25 Thu 4:08 PM
My name is François-Xavier Bernard and I live in Italy. I am currently working on an article for a Militaria magazine called Milites (http://www.marvia.it/); the article is about two WW1 tunics of soldiers of the [U.S.] 79th Division and about the variations of the "Croix de Lorrain" patch.
In order to complete my article, as WW1 American militaria is almost unknown in Italy, I'd desire to show all the patches used by American units during WW1 (well, to be precise, just after WW1). Therefore, would you accept I reproduce the images of the patches of your site on page http://usarmyinsigniahomepage.110mb.com/div_wwi.html? Of course, I'll indicate my source and your useful website; and, as soon as possible, I'll send you a PDF of my article.
Many thanks in advance,
< J.L.D. @ Sky Net.Belgium >
"Subject: Request of authorisation to use some of yours illustrations
Date: 2007/07/15 Sun 7:45 PM
Hello,My name is Jean-Louis DUBOIS, I live in Belgium and I'm a collector of grade insignia of the Armed Forces of the USA, UK, and my small country, Belgium. I should like to ask permisssion to use some of the splendid illustrations on your website, which is a reference for any true collector of military rank like me. I ask permission, not for me, but in order to illustrate the French-language branch of the Wikipedia Encyclopedia. ... We would like to make a correct work with the fewest possible mistakes, in total respect of the United States Armed Forces. If you want to see where is our work, here is the link where you can find it:
All text is in French. Maybe you speak French a litte or perfectly, I don't know!
I can assure you the work we are doing is completely neutral, political opinion has no place in a work like Wikipedia. We try to follow the Motto of the U.S. Marines Corps: "Semper Fidelis"! ... Of course, the origin of the source will ALWAYS be mentionned!
I hope, dear Sir, that you agree with my proposal. It's necessary to make a gift of our knowlegde to the future generations of Humanity.With my best regards and consideration,J-L Dubois"
< REAYBUFF @ AOL.com >
"Subject: THANK YOU >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Date: Saturday, July 28, 2007 12:19 PM
What an OUTSTANDING job you did on updating your Website, it really looks great!!BobUSN - ANA"
"Subject: web site
Date: 2008/06/12 Thu PM 18:31:15
Your web site is wonderful, it's full of real important info. I give you kudos'
for the work on it. Well done Rod.
"Subject: RE: Donation to USAIHP
Date: 2008/09/08 Mon PM 12:38:34
Your site is the best resource for information regarding rank and insignia for the
US Army. I've been using it for the past 6 years while watching movies or reading
books and want additional info about infantry divisions, rank during certain wars,
It's very thorough and easy to navigate through.
Thanks so much,
"Subject: Thank You
Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 10:58 AM
Your USAIHP web site is the most complete "one stop military information" web site I have ever come across. Thank you for the work that had to have been involved in setting it up and keeping it running. I will definantly make a donation. Keep up the great work.J Becker"
"Subject: Outstanding Site!
Date: Saturday, August 7, 2010 10:59 PM
You have an outstanding site! I have been using it for years and have been meaning to send you a thank-you e-mail for just as long. The time you must put into this site staggers my mind and I remember how it was in the late 90s and how much you have added over the years.
I have served multiple tours in Iraq, been in the Active Army and National Guard, attended several years of both Army and Air Force ROTC (decided to attend OCS or OTS instead when I finally do graduate from college), went to a military high school, come from a military family, and still I have learned so much from your site.
I have also used it to make the equivalent of display cases on my computer for family members and friends and also for my own personal pleasure. I have also used it to make Dates of Rank displays, which are much better with the appropriate rank graphics.
I wish I had some money to donate, but I am cash-strapped for the moment.
There was one thing I noticed that is inaccurate, under America's Top Generals - Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson had received a promotion to Lieutenant General shortly before his death. Just wanted to let you know, not in any way degrading your site over one little problem.
Once again, I really enjoy your website and keep up the good work!
"Subject: US Army Insignia Homepage has been selected for a Patriotic Website Award!
Date: Thursday, June 16, 2011 12:00 PM
We have selected US Army Insignia Homepage for our Patriotic Website Award! ... We have reserved this award for the most Patriotic websites, as determined by our editors ...
You have incredible resources on insignia of each war - very cool. Thank you!
I hope you have a great day and thank you for honoring our country and its veterans!
VA Home Loans"
Honorary First Lieutenant,
18th Texas Volunteer Infantry Regiment
Honorary First Lieutenant,
153rd New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment
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