45th Infantry Division Insignia

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Title

45th Infantry Division Insignia

Alternative Title

45th Infantry Insignia

Subject

World War II, 1939-1945
Army

Description

The insignia for the U.S. Army's 45th Infantry Division. The original insignia 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.

A notable member of the 45th Infantry Division during World War II. Sergeant John B. Hancock (1913-1944) was born in Thomasville, Georgia, in 1913, but later migrated to Auburndale, Florida. Hancock managed a Great Atlantic &
Pacific Tea Company (A&
P) store in Haines City until he enlisted in the 45th Infantry Division's 179th Infantry Regiment. Sgt. Hancock served initially in Africa in 1943, until the 45th Infantry Division's participation in the Allied invasion of Sicily, codenamed Operation Husky. The division then went on to participate in the Allied invasion of Italy, where Sgt. Hancock was injured. He was returned to duty in February of 1944 in southern France. On November 1, 1944, Sgt. Hancock went Missing in Action (MIA) after serving in the Allied invasion of Southern France, codenamed Operation Dragoon. He was eventually buried at Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial in Dinozé, France.

Source

Photocopy of original insignia: Private Collection of Linda Hughes.

Date Created

ca. 1943-1944

Contributor

Hughes, Linda

Is Part Of

Epinal American Cemetery Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.

Format

image/jpg

Extent

Medium

1 insignia

Type

Still Image

Coverage

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Accrual Method

Donation

Audience

Mediator

History Teacher
Civics/Government Teacher

Rights Holder

Copyright to this resource is held by Linda Hughes and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project

Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial Project

Curator

Bates, Chris
Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

Private Collection of Linda Hughes

External Reference

Routh. Ross H. "From Swastika to Thunderbird." The M38A1 Restoration Site. http://www.m38a1.com/Misc-MV/thunderbirds.htm.
"GRid=56372799" target="_blank">Sgt John B Hancock." Find A Grave. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&
GRid=56372799.
"Killed in Action." RICHES of Central Florida.
"Letter from John R. Hull to Edna P. Hancock (April 23, 1945)." RICHES of Central Florida.

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