45th Infantry Division Insignias

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Title

45th Infantry Division Insignias

Alternative Title

45th Infantry Insignias

Subject

World War II, 1939-1945
Army

Description

The shoulder sleeve insignia for the U.S. Army's 45th Infantry Division. The original insignia, photographed on the right, was approved in August of 1924 and featured a swastika, which was a symbol commonly used by Native Americans from the Mississippian culture. With the rise of Germany's Nazi Party, which also used a swastika, the 45th Division retired its original insignia and replaced it in 1939 with another Native American symbol called the Thunderbird, photographed on the left and on the bottom.

A notable member of the 45th Infantry Division during World War II was Private Rufus H. Lennon Jr. Lennon (1921-1944), a soldier from Bradenton, Florida. Lennon was born in 1921 to Rufus H. Lennon, Sr. and Bertha Lennon. On November 21, 1940, he enlisted into the U.S. Army at the age of 19. Pvt. Lennon served in the 180th Infantry Regiment of the 45th Infantry Division. Pvt. Lennon died in battle on September 21, 1944 in Lorraine, France, and was awarded a Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman Badge, American Campaign Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.

Source

Date Created

ca. 2000-3-20

Contributor

Routh, Ross H.

Is Part Of

Epinal American Cemetery Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

8.34 KB

Medium

3 insignias

Type

Still Image

Coverage

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Accrual Method

Donation

Mediator

History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Ross H. Routh and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Epinal Cemetery Project

Curator

Hovey, Hampton
Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

External Reference

Routh. Ross H. "From Swastika to Thunderbird." The M38A1 Restoration Site. http://www.m38a1.com/Misc-MV/thunderbirds.htm.
"GRid=56373755" target="_blank">Pvt Rufus H Lennon." Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&
GRid=56373755.

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