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#1 ADMIN

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Posted 02 November 2006 - 03:23 PM

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NAME:
Thirty-Second Infantry Division / 32nd Division

NICKNAME:
"Red Arrow" and "Les Terribles"

BATTLE HONORS:

World War I
Meuse-Argonne Offensive
Battle of Aisne
Battle of Marne
Battle of Oise
Battle of Aisne.

World War II
New Guinea
Southern Philippines
Leyte


ACTIVATED:
July 1917
Oct 15, 1940

DEACTIVATED:
April 5, 1919
Feb. 28, 1946


HISTORY:

World War I

Activated: July 1917 (National Guard Division, troops from Michigan and Wisconsin).

Major Operations: Meuse-Argonne Offensive, Battle of Aisne-Battle of Marne, Battle of Oise-Battle of Aisne.

Casualties: Total-13,261 (KIA-2,250; WIA-11,011).

Commanders: Maj. Gen. James Parker (August 26, 1917), Brig. Gen. William G. Haan (September 19, 1917), Maj. Gen. James Parker (December 7, 1917), Brig. Gen. W. G. Haan (December 8, 1917), (Maj. Gen. from February 7, 1918), Maj. Gen. William Lassiter (November 20, 1918).

Inactivated: April 5, 1919.


World War II

Activated: October 15, 1940 (National Guard Division from Michigan and Wisconsin).

Campaigns: New Guinea campaign, southern Philippines, Battle of Luzon.

Distinguished Unit Citations: 14.

Awards: MH-11 ; DSC-37 ; DSM-1 ; SS-657 ; LM-28; SM-77 ; BSM-2,403 ; A11-95.

Commanders: Maj. Gen. Irving A. Fish (October 1940-March 1942), Maj. Gen. Edwin F. Harding (March 1942-January 1943) Maj. Gen. William H. Gill (February 1943 to inactivation).

Inactivated: February 28, 1946 in Japan.

The 32nd Infantry Division arrived in Australia on May 14, 1942. With Australian Army units in the Kokoda Track campaign under increasing pressure from Japanese forces, the first elements of the 32nd left for Port Moresby, New Guinea by air on September 16, en route to the combat zone. They were joined by other elements, by sea, on September 28 and by air on October 2. Units of the 32nd were deployed defensively along the Goldie River on the left flank of the Australian garrison force for the Port Moresby area.

The remainder of the division was flown to the Buna area, to join Australian units in an assault on the main Japanese beachheads in eastern New Guinea. They were joined on November 15, 1942, by the 2nd Battalion, 126th Infantry Regiment, which had trekked over the Owen Stanley Ranges. General Douglas MacArthur dismissed the division's commander, Maj. Gen. Edwin F. Harding during the bloody Battle of Buna-Gona, because of the slow progress being made at Buna. Neverthless two members of the division were awarded the Medal of Honor for their gallantry during the battle. It ended on January 22, 1943, and the 32nd returned to Australia for rest and training.

On January 2, 1944, elements landed at Saidor on the north coast of New Guinea, and helped to end enemy resistance there on April 14, 1944. On April 23, elements took part in the landing at Aitape, the division arriving on May 3. After meeting slight initial resistance, the 32nd had to withstand savage counterattacks in the Driniumor River area. By August 31, Aitape was secured and the division rested. Elements landed on Morotai on September 15. The 32nd CP opened at Hollandia, Dutch New Guinea on October 1, to stage for the Philippines. It landed on Leyte, November 14, and went into action along the Pinamopoan-Ormoc highway, taking Limon and smashing the Yamashita line in bitter hand-to-hand combat. The division linked up with elements of the U.S. 1st Cavalry Division in the vicinity of Lonoy, on December 22, marking the collapse of Japanese resistance in the upper Ormoc Valley.

From Leyte the Division moved to Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, on January 27, 1945. It pushed up the Villa Verde Trail, on January 30, and after more than 100 days of fighting took Imugan and met the 25th Infantry Division near Santa Fe on May 28, securing Balete, Aklan Pass, the gateway to the Cagayan Valley. While elements of the division continued mopping-up activities near Imugan, other units moved to rest and rehabilitation centers. Active elements secured the Baguio area, wiped out Japanese forces in the Agno River Valley area, and opened Highway 11 as a supply route. Operations ceased on August 15, 1945 and the division moved to Japan for occupation duty on October 20.

Divisional history from:
http://en.wikipedia....fantry_Division


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Posted 17 November 2006 - 09:51 AM

Institute of Heraldry drawing

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#3 Jim Baker

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 06:04 PM

32nd ID, white back.

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 05:01 PM

WWII VARIATIONS:

TWO DIFFERENT OD BORDERS (GREEN BACKS)

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 05:03 PM

OD BORDER (WHITE BACK)
DOUBLE RED BORDER (WHITE BACK)

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 05:04 PM

STANDARD 32nd ID SSI's:

GREEN BACK
WHITE BACK

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Posted 11 January 2007 - 05:08 PM

THREE DIFFERENT WWII OCCUPATION ERA VARIATIONS:

JAPANESE OCCUPATION (No. 2 & 3 WITH RICE PAPER BACKING)

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Posted 27 January 2007 - 11:29 PM

TWO PRE WWII 32 ID VARIATIONS.

1920'S WOOL SEW-TOGETHER

1930's - EARLY 1940's MACHINE EMBROIDERED OR WOOL (BLACK BACK)

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 07:00 AM

These are all of my modern patches. I am not sure what the Black one with no border is but its here. These are all modern-era merrowed edge.

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 09:36 AM

I think this is a late 1960's flat edge "subdued" variant; forerunner of the merrowed border one you displayed in the center.

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Posted 23 December 2008 - 08:46 PM

Touche Kraut, it is. Mine's just a little tattered from wear. I've got about 3 of these, are they worth anything?

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 09:35 AM

No, I don't think so, got mine for US$ 1-2.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 10:13 AM

Can we add a section about what the 32nd has been doing in OIF? They have been there ongoing from 2004 to Now.

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Posted 19 January 2011 - 10:34 AM

The 32nd was also federalized on 15 October 1961 for the Berlin Crisis and sent to Fort Lewis Washington, and was released from federal service in August of 1962.

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Posted 24 August 2011 - 11:54 AM

Under the category of AWARDS for the 32nd ID in WWII, I saw this designation:

A11-95

What does "A11-95" signify?

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 05:58 AM

Under the category of AWARDS for the 32nd ID in WWII, I saw this designation:

A11-95

What does "A11-95" signify?

> one bump please <

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Posted 16 May 2016 - 12:36 PM

Seems to be endless variations of this rather simple design.  Here is a somewhat large (4.25 inches) example from either WWI or the interwar period.  

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