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US Army 29th Infantry Division shoulder sleeve patch with a blue and gray monad

Object | Accession Number: 2004.749.24

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    US Army 29th Infantry Division shoulder sleeve patch with a blue and gray monad

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    Brief Narrative
    Shoulder sleeve insignia of the United States Army 29th Infantry Division, nicknamed the Blue and Gray Division, based on their circular blue and gray badge with a yin-yang design, or monad, a Korean symbol of eternal life. The colors symbolize the Division tradition of being formed by men whose forefathers fought in the Civil War, for both Union blue and Confederate gray. The 116th infantry regiment of the 29th Division was part of the first wave assault to land at Omaha Beach on D Day, June 6, 1944. They suffered heavy losses, but pushed on to relieve and reinforce combat units inland. At the end of September they were fighting on the German border and, in March 1945, were ordered to attack in the heavily defended Ruhr industrial region. On April 3rd, the Division liberated Dinslaken civilian labor camp. They had pushed on to the Elbe River when Germany surrendered on May 7, 1945. The 29th Infantry served in the Army of Occupation in Frankfurt and Bremen until returning to the US on January 4, 1946, where they were inactivated on January 17.
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    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

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    Physical Description
    Circular blue and gray military patch machine embroidered on white netting. The design is formed from 2 curved, matching teardrop shapes on the left and right; the left is blue and the right is gray. The border is light green. On the reverse is a red and white sticker, on which is handwritten, 20th DIV. Patch does not appear to have been used.
    overall: | Diameter: 2.500 inches (6.35 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 17:09:39
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