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Shadowbox with a collage of shoulder sleeve patches and badges worn by a US soldier

Object | Accession Number: 2013.483.3

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    Brief Narrative
    Display box containing an arrangement of military patches and insignia pins owned by John Phillips, who served in the United States Army from June 1945 to January 1947. The collage includes insignia of the 42nd Infantry Division, 1st Infantry Division, 16th Infantry Regiment, and US Forces in Austria. He was stationed with the Army of Occupation in Austria and Germany from April 1946 - January 1947. Phillips served with the 222nd Infantry, 42nd Infantry Division, Cannon Company, 5th Infantry Division, and F Company, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division.
    use:  approximately 1945 November-1947
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Cristy L. Phillips
    Subject: John P. Phillips
    John Pines Phillips was born on June 28, 1924, in Anson, North Carolina, to Walter Binyon (Bun) and Sallie Gilmore Phillips. He had eleven siblings. His father Bun was a carpenter. John was a salvage inspector. On December 8, 1941, following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States entered World War II. On May 7, 1945, Germany surrendered, but the US was still at war with Japan. On June 29, 1945, John was inducted into the United States Army. He trained at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Camp Pickett, Virginia, and qualified as an M1 rifle marksman. On September 2, 1945, Japan surrendered, ending World War II. On January 27, 1946, John was discharged from the wartime draft force and re-enlisted in the regular army. John was sent to Europe on April 1 as part of the Army of Occupation. He was stationed in Germany and Austria. He served as a private first class with the 222nd Infantry Regiment, 42nd Infantry Division. The 42nd was inactivated in June and John was transferred to Cannon Company, 5th Infantry Division. The 5th was inactivated in November and John was moved to F Company, 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division. On January 3, 1947, John returned to the US. He was discharged on January 24 and returned to North Carolina. On August 2, John married Louise Abernathy (1922-2008). They had two sons. John worked at Phillips Construction. John, age 86, died on February 22, 2011, in North Carolina.

    Physical Details

    Military Insignia
    Physical Description
    Rectangular, glass enclosed, black plastic frame with a collage of military insignia attached to a white windowpane mat. Within the center window is a green cloth with a green plastic button, likely from a US Army shirt, pinned with 2 columns of metal badges: left column: shield shaped 1st Infantry Div. badge, red 1 on a gold field; gold US 16 disk insignia for enlisted men, 16th Inf. Reg.; sharpshooter crossed rifle insignia disk. Right column: cross pattee shaped marksmanship badge with plaques for rifle, machine gun, and grenade; shield shaped badge with diagonal blue, white, red stripes; 3 blue and white checkerboard 16th Inf. Reg. badges, gold US insignia officer's pin. On the mat exterior are 3 columns of patches. Left column: red, blue, and yellow rainbow 42nd Inf. Div. shoulder patch, green overseas patch with 2 gold bars, black and white photograph of an American soldier. Center column: shield shaped shoulder patch, big red 1 on green field with a blue 42 Rainbow Div. banner sewn to top; 2 place ribbon bar with WWII Victory ribbon and Army of Occupation ribbon; red USFA [US Forces Austria] shoulder tab. Right column: red, blue, and yellow rainbow 42nd Inf. Div. shoulder patch, green overseas patch with 2 gold bars; red, white, and blue USFA shoulder patch with sword and laurel branch.
    overall: Height: 9.500 inches (24.13 cm) | Width: 13.375 inches (33.973 cm) | Depth: 0.875 inches (2.223 cm)
    pictorial area: Height: 8.375 inches (21.273 cm) | Width: 12.250 inches (31.115 cm)
    overall : cloth, metal, thread, paper, emulsion, adhesive, plastic, corrugated board, mat board

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    Administrative Notes

    The shadow box was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2013 by Cristy L. Phillips, the granddaughter of John Phillips.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-25 17:17:58
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