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US Army 99th Infantry Division shoulder sleeve patch with a blue and white checkerboard

Object | Accession Number: 2004.749.19

Shoulder sleeve insignia of the 99th Infantry Division, United States Army, known as the Checkerboard Division or Battle Babies. The black badge has a blue and white checkerboard band. The design is based on the chequy or checkerboard coat of arms of William Pitt, namesake of the city of Pittsburgh, Pa, the Unit’s headquarters when it was formed in 1942. The 99th was given the Battle Babies nickname by the press during the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. The Division advanced into Bavaria, where troops liberated four concentration camps in the Mühldorf subcamp complex of Dachau on May 3rd and 4th, freeing 1500 prisoners, nearly half in need of immediate hospitalization. Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945, and the Division became part of the Army of Occupation until their return to the United States and inactivation in October 1945.

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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:18:04
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