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US Army 8th Infantry Division shoulder sleeve patch with an 8 pierced by a yellow arrow

Object | Accession Number: 2004.749.15

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    US Army 8th Infantry Division shoulder sleeve patch with an 8 pierced by a yellow arrow

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    Brief Narrative
    Shoulder sleeve insignia, 8th Infantry Division, United States Army, known as the Golden Arrow or Pathfinder Division, of the type used during World War II. The shield shaped blue badge has an 8 pierced by an upward arrow. The arrow originally represented John Fremont, a famous explorer from California, the state where the Division was activated in 1918. The 8th Infantry fought in France and along the German border to the Elbe River in central Germany. In May 1945, the 8th Infantry and the 82nd Airborne Divisions liberated Wöbbelin, a subcamp of Neuengamme concentration camp, where they found approximately 1000 dead inmates. The Units ordered the people from the nearby town of Ludwigslust to bury the bodies. An additional 200 inmates died from exposure after liberation and the Divisions held public funeral services for them on May 7, 1945, the same day Germany surrendered. The 8th Infantry Division was sent back to the United States in July 1945 and inactivated in November.
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    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

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    Physical Description
    Elongated, shield shaped, machine embroidered military patch on white net backing with a straight top edge and curved sides that taper to a bottom point. It has a blue field with a blue embroidered border. In the center is a white Arabic numeral eight pierced by a yellow arrow along the central vertical axis. The arrow points upward, with the point above the eight and the fletching below. There is some fraying and slight discoloration on the back.
    overall: Height: 2.750 inches (6.985 cm) | Width: 2.000 inches (5.08 cm)
    overall : thread, net

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    Administrative Notes

    The badge was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2004.
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    2023-08-25 16:03:57
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