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Adding citations to the 9th Infantry Division (United States) article.
I served in the US Army's 9th Infantry Division from 12/67 to 12/68. I have various items and sources - from photos taken by me, through Official US Army photos, Official 9th Div orders informing us that we were entitled to have another star on our VRN campaign ribbon, to original copies of the 9th Inf Div magazine - and I dare say that I could add citations to the "Vietnam War" part of the article.
I have always had -- and still do -- a serious question as to what constitutes "original research".
Now, I do know how to to do "original research" in the sense that it's meant in academia and the military services. However -- in academia and the military, first hand knowledge is acceptable as long as it is verifiable (i.e., something both physical and original which can be examined and verified by a Fair Wittness).
To use an example, the article contains this statement:
"In the 1994 film Forrest Gump, the eponymous main character was a member of the 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam, notably: 4th platoon, A Company, 2nd Bn/47INF."
Now, IMDB says:
"In Vietnam, Forrest was assigned to 4th Platoon (LT. Dan welcomes him and Bubba), Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry Regiment (as seen in the wooden sign by the tent), 9th Infantry Division (shoulder patch)." -- Forest Gump (1994) - Trivia - IMDB, <http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0109830/trivia>. Copyright © 1990-2012 IMDb.com, Inc.
But IMDB isn't acceptable, nicht wahr?
And I could rent the DVD and take a screen shot of the appropriate scene (under the "Fair Usage" section of the Copyright Law), but that - IMO - would be "original research"! Likewise, if I should rent the DVD of "Forrest Gump", lend it to a friend to watch, and then interview him as to what he saw on the screen, would that constitute "original research" or not, eh?
As I see it, I can quote someone in a citation and that is acceptable (even if the person being quoted has been accused of having a racist agenda and isn't to be trusted)... BUT, if I do a web search on this person and edit/post anything, then this would be "original research," and then inadmissible, eh?
And so -- just what is the solution?
Ah, I'm sorry, but I just found out that Keith died of cancer a couple of years ago. And I must grieve...
Yes...Forrest Gump was an Old Reliable
In the scene where Gump and Bubba report to 2LT Dan in Viet Nam the sign at the base indicates the unit. Right after the ice cream scene in the hospital, during mail call, one can read the addresses on Gump's returned letters he wrote to Jenny. He does indeed wear the Octofoil. The only reference I found was the movie itself.
PFC Forrest Gump RA 40203078 4th Platoon, A Company 2nd Battalion, 47th Infantry APO (Army Postal Office), San Francisco, California 96602
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