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 "Your Division Commander tells me he has a fine division and it's ready for combat. I have asked him to write me a letter two weeks after I commit you to battle and tell me if he still has a fine division."

General George S. Patton Jr., commander of the 3rd Army Corps

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  The 377th Infantry Regiment

  The 378th Infantry Regiment

  The 379th Infantry Regiment

  Its badges

  Its assignments and attachments to higher units

  Its attachments / detachments

  The books of the 95th Infantry Division

Its badges

  On this page the evolution of the badge of division is explained, of its creation to today, by including some alternatives of manufacture.

  1918 - 1942

The division will have a short existence at the end of WWI and it’s still training when the Armistice is signed. It’s dissolved in December 1918. However, between the 2 wars, it’s a reserv division based in Oklahoma City.

Badge 1 : The patch of the division has the 2 letters of the state in which it is based : OK i.e. Oklahoma and Kansas.

Badge 1

    1942 - 1945

The new emblem of the division id adopted as of the Camp Swift (1942). It is an arabic "9" associated with a roman "V". "V" is the first letter for the name "Victory", the motto of the division at this period.

Badge 2 & 3 : There’s no white around the red 9. These very first patches were manufactured in a small quantity when the 95th ID US has been set up ; therefore, there’re rare to find.

Badge 2

Insigne 3 : Badge of division worn by Seymour Schnuer [ L Co/377 ] during the WW2. (see also another badge of this soldier: Badge 6). The general shape of the badge is not perfectly oval and the logo is not embroidered in the center. Donation of Seymour Schnuer

Badge 3

Detail of the badge 3 :An effect of shade was carried out with dark blue wire bent on the left edge from the "9" red and "V" white.

Detail of the badge 3

Insigne 4 : On this patch, there’s still no white around the red 9. Notice that it is the only badge on which the "V" is not totally enlaced with the "9". Collection of the webmaster

Badge 4

Badge 5 : On this badge, there is a white contour around the « 9 » and a green edging all around. It’s undoubtelly the most used model at the time of the liberation of France in 1944. Collection of the webmaster

Badge 5

Badge 6 : Badge of division worn by Seymour Schnuer [ L Co/377 ] during the WW2. (see also another badge of this soldier: Badge 6 ). Donation of Seymour Schnuer

Badge 6

Detail of the badge 6 : Interesting thing, a small white net is prolonged in the "9".

Detail of the badge 6

Badge 7 : Presence of the white contour but not of the green edging which has been replaced by a blue one, more or less thick. These badges were manufactured after the war. There are still manufactured today and used on the ceremony clothes. Donation of Col James Minor

Badge 7

Badge 8 : The 95th ID is again in activity and it wears the black and green badge on the battle dress, as every unit of the US Army. Donation of Col James Minor

Badge 8

Badge 9

Badge 9 : In 1967, the nickname given to division by the Germans, "Iron Men of Metz", was approved for adoption by The Institute of Heraldry. V in red represents as on the badge of 95th ID the word "Victory". The river in blue represents the Moselle River, crossing point impossible to circumvent of division in France. Indeed, that's in Lorraine that it is placed on the first line. It is in this zone that the division knows its first battles, in October 1944. The fort in black represents the fortress of Metz, "impregnable" city hitherto because of the power of its many garrisons... After analysis of the current photographs of US Army, this crest is present on the service uniforms (those being placed on the shoulder pads of the jacket) and the berets of Division.