Military Armor Patches History

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Information extracted from the book
"US ARMY PATCHES"
byBarry Jason Stein
Used by permission

The armored insignia below have the following description in common:  Yellow, blue, and red are colors of the branches from which armored units were formed (cavalry, infantry, and artillery).  The tank tread, gun, and lightning flash, taken from the insignia of the World War I tank corps, are symbolic of mobility, power, and speed.


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1st Armor Div

Worn from:  15 July 1940 - Current.

Activated in 1940 with its Headquarters at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  The arabic number one represents the division's designation.  "Old Ironsides," derived from the nickname of the USS Constitution, is symbolic of durability and daring.

Current location:  Bad Kreuznach, Germany.

Campaigns:  World War II (Tunisia, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Anzio, North Apennines, Po Valley), Armed Forces Expeditions (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait), Bosnia (Operation Joint Endeavor).


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2nd Armor Div

Worn from: 15 July 1940 - Current.

Activated at Fort Benning, Georgia.  The division's designation is represented by the arabic number two.  The tab memorlializes a remark made by General George S. Patton, "They'll be hell on wheels when they meet the enemy."

Current location:  Fort Hood, Texas.

Campaigns:  World War II (Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe), Armed Forces Expeditions (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait).

Decorations:  Belgian Fourragere 1940, cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in Belgium and action in the Ardennes.


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3rd Armor Div

Worn from:  15 April 1941 - 1991.

Activated at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana.  The tab recalls the numerous times when the Third was called upon to "spearhead the attack."

Campaigns:  World War II (Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe), Armed Forces Expeditions (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait).

Decorations:  Presidential Unit Citation World War II (streamer embroidered Mons), French Croix de Guerre with Palm (streamer embroidered Mons), Belgian Fourragere 1940, cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in Belgium and action in the Ardennes.



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4th Armor Div

Worn from:  15 April 1941 - 10 May 1971.

Activated at Pine Camp, New York.  The arabic number four represents the division's designation.

Campaigns:  World War II (Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe).

Decorations:  Presidential Unit Citation (streamer embroidered Ardennes), French Croix de Guerre with Palm (streamers embroidered Normandy, and Moselle River), French Croix de Guerre -- World War II Fourragere.

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5th Armor Div

Worn from:  1 October 1941 - 15 March 1956.

Activated at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  The division's designation is shown by the arabic number five.  The tab utilizes the unit's designa - tion in the "V" (for victory), which is the roman numeral for five.

Campaigns:  World War II (Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe).

Decorations:  Luxembourg Croix de Guerre (streamer embroidered Luxembourg)


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6th Armor Div

Worn from:  15 February 1942 - 16 March 1956.

Activated at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  The division's designation is shown by the arabic number six.  The history of the Super Sixth is brief, but their deeds were great and live on in the hearts of all patriotic Americans.  Normandy, Muhlhausen, Buchenwald, and the Battle of the Bulge are inscribed for all time in the pages of this outfit's history, and the spirits of nearly five thousand soldiers killed or wounded bear witness to the unit's sacrifices in the cause of freedom.

Campaigns:  World War II (Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe).




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7th Armor Div

Worn from:  1 March 1942 - 15 November 1953.

Activated at Camp Polk, Louisiana.  The division's designation is shown by the arabic number seven.  The unit's nickname is attributed to a remark made by Major General Alvin Gillem, commander II Armor Corps, who said, "the Seventh Armored Division is lucky to have trained with the Third Armored Division and lucky to have the man it does as its commander general."

Campaigns:  World War II (Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe).

Decorations:  Belgian Fourragere 1940, cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in the Ardennes and action at St. Vith.

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8th Armor Div

Worn from:  1 April 1942 - 13 November 1945.

Activated at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  The division's designation is shown by the arabic number eight.  The tab is attributed to a remark made by a news correspondent who, after watching the Eighth Armored Division launch an attack across the Rhine river, said they looked like a "thundering herd."  The nickname "Iron Snake" derives from an aerial observation of the division winding its way through the hills and valleys of Central Europe.  From this perspective, the division looks like an "iron snake."  Both inscriptions are unauthorized.

Campaigns:  World War II (Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe).


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9th Armor Div

Worn from: 

1945 - Unknown.

Activated at Fort Riley, Kansas.  The division's designations is represented by the arabic number nine.  The tab commemorates the capture of the Ludendorf Bridge on 7 March 1945.  This was the last major barrier protecting Germany from an allied push across the Rhine and its capture changed the course of the war.

Campaigns:  World War II (Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe).


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10th Armor Div

Worn from:  5 May 1942 - 13 October 1945.

Activated at Fort Benning, Georgia.  The division's designation is shown by the arabic number ten.  The tab recalls the battle cry of the Tiger Division -- "Terrify and Destroy."

Campaigns:  World War II (Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe).


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11th Armor Div

Worn from:  15 August 1942 - 31 August 1945.

Activated at Camp Polk, Louisiana.  The division's designation is shown by the arabic number eleven.  For veterans, the patch conjures up memories of freezing -cold men on icy machines stopping the enemy attack at  Bastonge.  Places like Lutzkampen, Grosskampenberg, Fulda, Oberhof and the concentration camps at Mauthausen and Gusen are written large in their combat log.

Campaigns:  World War II (Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe).

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12th Armor Div

Worn from:  15 September 1942 - 3 December 1945.

Activated at Camp Campbell, Kentucky.  The division's designation is shown by the arabic number twelve.  Credited with 102 days in combat, the Twelfth suffered over three thousand casualties.  The performance of this outfit in places like Ludwigschafen, the Bulge, Wuersberg, and Schweinfurt seal their place in history.

Campaigns:  World War II (Rhineland, Ardennes-Alscae, Central Europe).

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