We bought these patches locally, since the Army
only gave the certificates at that time.
We were the only active combat zone during that time. We
did not just look at a fence. We
conducted recon patrols during the day (locked and loaded) and
ambush patrols at night, where
we set out our claymore mines and were fully locked and loaded.
No fence once inside DMZ.
We conducted guard post missions and QRF missions as well.
Basically, during QRF you lived
24/7 in a special barracks. Uniform on all the time. Patrol trucks
loaded out with weapons. Sand
bags on floor of trucks. C Company was the spear head to going
to war in Korea in January or
February 1990. We got code word to launch to Battle Position
#1. That BP is in North Korea.
We also provided the security for Freedom
Bridge. I commanded it on my rotation, and we had
an incident there with locked and loaded weapons and physical
confrontation on the Bridge. I
was the Platoon Leader and Bridge Commander at the time. Interesting
story. June 1989.