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Pair of US Army 70th Infantry shoulder sleeve patches with a white axe head worn by a soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2012.302.2 a-b

Shoulder sleeve insignia of the 70th Infantry Division, known as the Trailblazers, worn by Master Sergeant Harold Alden Hornbeck during his service in the United States Army in the European Theater of Operations during World War II. On March 5, 1941, Harold enlisted in the Army and was assigned to the 883rd Field Artillery Battalion, 70th Infantry Division. In December 1941, the United States entered World War II. In January 1945, Harold’s Division was deployed to France as part of the Seventh Army. The 70th advanced through France and on March 20, took Saarbrucken, Germany. In April, the Division joined the Third Army. On April 11, US soldiers liberated Buchenwald concentration camp. Harold was among those soldiers at Buchenwald, and wrote about the terrible conditions there in a censored letter to his family On May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered and the 70th Infantry Division remained on occupational duty until deactivation in October 1945.

use:  1943-1945
Military Insignia
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Meda F. Hornbeck
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:20:40
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