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US Army, 45th Infantry Division, Class A Thunderbird patch issued to a Jewish soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2006.11.21

Red patch with an embroidered yellow Thunderbird issued to J. George Mitnick when he served in the 45th Infantry, US Army, during WWII. The Thunderbird division adopted this Native American symbol in 1939 to replace the previous symbol, a swastika. Mitnick, a 27 year-old Jewish American, served as a captain in the 65th Infantry Division, European Theater and in the Chemical Warfare Service, 91st Chemical Mortar Battalion, 45th Infantry Division. His unit took control of the Ohrdruf concentration camp in April 1945; nearly all the inhabitants were dead, killed by the departing German troops. This was the first concentration camp liberated by US troops and descriptions of the conditions horrified the world. Mitnick’s unit continued on into Austria and was involved with the liberation of Mauthausen concentration camp. Captain Mitnick was awarded two Bronze Stars for his service.

issue:  approximately 1944
issue: United States
Military Insignia
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ronne Mitnick Hess
Record last modified: 2023-08-25 17:29:47
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