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Posted By: Dave Gaddy on: 12/03/2004 15:32:14 EDT
Subject: RE: Word Games During Re-created Msg Trafficing

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Actually AJM called it simply "battle flag"--no "signal." Styling it "honors" or "Signal Corps battle honors" was modern, interpretative language, intended to help the modern new-comer understand what it was intended to be. (I've likened it to getting a Bronze Star, maybe even Silver. Problem I have is insisting that it be recognized as the OIC's decoration, not his men's or his unit's. It was a personal distinction.) As to the USMT, even Plum conceded (corrected by Sherman!) that it wasn't properly a corps, but he felt it needed something more than "mil tel," showing that even the members strayed from strict usage...or didn't understand the concept themselves. (After all, some of them were just out of their teens, and all they knew was competition with those "other people," the Signal Corps, so they became, in their own minds, the USMT corps. Funny that never happened Down South.) Some might argue today that when they say it, they don't mean "corps" in a mil order of battle sense, but simply in its French meaning of "a body" [of men]. Where clarity is lacking or needs explanation, it slows us down or obscures meaning.
I don't see much two-way dialogue here in the flowery or mil language of the mid-19thC, but in the final analysis, I take a back seat to those of you who want to practice. Sorry my impatience got the better of me.
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