9th Infantry Division / 9th Airborne Division
Posted 29 October 2006 - 08:14 PM
Octofoil Design without "Airborne" Tab: Ninth Infantry Division / 9th Division
Lightning and Cloud Design with "Airborne" Tab": Ninth Airborne Division / 9th Aiborne
"The Old Reliables"
PATCH HISTORY: [Infantry]
The OCTOFOIL is a device that dates back to the 15th Century when it was customary for each son to have an individual mark of distinction. Under the rules of heraldry there are eight foils or positions. Heraldic rules gave the OCTOFOIL to the ninth son, a device symbolic of his being surrounded by eight brothers.
The 9th Infantry Division insignia is a red and blue octofoil; a design of eight petals with a white center. Red and blue designate colors of an infantry division headquarters flag; white is for the numbers used in divisional flags. The circular background is olive drab. The subdued variant consists of olive drab and black for less visibility to be worn on field uniforms.
World War II [Infantry]
Counteroffensive Phase II
Counteroffensive Phase III
Counteroffensive Phase IV
Counteroffensive Phase V
Counteroffensive Phase VI
Tet 1969 Counteroffensive
July 8, 1918 [Infantry]
Aug 1, 1940 [Infantry]
July 15, 1947 [Infantry]
Feb 1, 1966 [Infantry]
April 21, 1972 [Infantry]
Feb 15, 1919 [Infantry]
Jan 15, 1947 [Infantry]
Jan 31, 1962 [Infantry]
Sept 25, 1969 [Infantry]
Dec 15, 1991 [Infantry]
Constituted 8 July 1918 in the Regular Army as Headquarters 9th Division.
Organized 18 July 1918 at Camp Sheridan, Alabama.
Disbanded 15 February 1919 at Camp Sheridan, Alabama.
Reconstituted 24 March 1923 in the Regular Army as Headquarters, 9th Division.
Activated 1 August 1940 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Reorganized and redesignated 1 August 1942 as Headquarters, 9th Infantry Division.
Inactivated 15 January 1947 in Germany.
Activated 15 July 1947 at Fort Dix, New Jersey.
Inactivated 31 January 1962 at Fort Carson, Colorado.
Redesignated 1 February 1966 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 9th Infantry Division, and activated at Fort Riley, Kansas.
Inactivated 25 September 1969 in Hawaii.
Activated 21 April 1972 at Fort Lewis, Washington.
Inactivated 15 December 1991 at Fort Lewis, Washington
Cited in the Order of the day of the Belgian Army for action at the MEUSE RIVER
Cited in the Order of the day of the Belgian Army for action in the ARDENNES
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1966-1968
Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Streamer embroidered VIETNAM 1969
Republic of Vietnam Civic Action Award with Palm VIETNAM 1969
"World War I
The 9th Infantry Division ("Old Reliable") saw no action in World War I.
World War II
9th Airborne Division
The 9th Airborne Division was a phantom division, or ghost division, created in 1943 by the US Army in order to deceive the Germans into believing a large Allied forces was to invade Europe elsewhere, rather than Normandy.
9th Infantry Division
Then, in World War II, it was constituted 1 August 1940 at Fort Bragg, NC. And deployed overseas 11 December 1942 to invade North Africa, where advanced elements of the division landed 8 November 1942.
It pushed through Tunisia into Bizerte, which fell May 1943. The division then landed at Palermo in Sicily that August and was later sent to England for the impending cross-channel invasion of France.
The 9th Division landed in Normandy 10 June 1944, cutting off the Cotentin Pensinsula and assisting in the capture of fortified Cherbourg. In July the division participated in the breakthrough at St.-Lo and swept across northern France. It held defensive positions near the Roer River from December 1944, through January 1945, then crossed the Rhine at Remagen Bridge 7 March 1945, pushing into the German Harz Mountains.
Post-World War II
The division was inactivated, but reactivated 15 July 1947 at Fort Dix, NJ. Serving some 15 years before being inactivated once more.
On 1 February 1966, however, the division was re-raised at Fort Riley, KS. And sent to III Corps Tactical Zone of Vietnam. The division swept through Dinh Tuong Province 6 January-31 May 1967 in Operation PALM BEACH, spending February and March with South Vietnamese forces combating the enemy in Long An Province.
Meanwhile one of itís brigades was selected to fulfill the concept of a Mobile Riverine Force created in 1967 And integrated with a Navy Task Force 117 at each level of itís brigadeís command. For the first time since the Civil War, when Union Army forces operated on the Mississippi, Cumberland and other rivers, the U.S. Army was utilizing an amphibious force operating entirely afloat.
The force was a complete package, independent of fixed support embarked or in tow. The troops lived on barracks ships docked at the mobile riverine anchorage. On tactical operations Navy armored troop carrier boats, preceded by minesweeping craft and escorted by armored boats (monitors) transported the soldiers along the vast waterways in the Delta. The first element of the Mobile Riverine Force (2nd Brigade) arrived in Vietnam in January 1967 and after shakedown training in the Rung Sat swamps moved into a base near My Tho, which was named Dong Tamó a base on a 600-acre island created among inundated rice paddies by dredging earth from the bottom of the Mekong River.
The MRF often operated with other specialized units such as Navy Seal teams, South Vietnamese Marines, units of the ARVN 7th Division and River Assault Groups on reconnaissance blocking and pursuit operations. In 1968 the 9th Infantry Division engaged in bitter fighting in the Siagon area, General Westmoreland stated after TET that the 9th Infantry Division and The Mobile Riverine Force saved the Delta. And in 1969 operated throughout the IV Corps Tactical Zone.
Two brigades were deployed to Hawaii as part of the U.S. withdrawal. The 3rd Brigade stayed in Vietnam (and also fought in Cambodia) until October 1970. Elements of the 9th Infantry Division served 1,440 days in Vietnam.
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Posted 13 January 2007 - 03:33 PM
1930's - PRE WWII WOOL (SEW TOGETHER)
EARLY WWII EMBROIDERED ON WOOL (BLACK BACK)
EMBROIDERED ON BROWN (BROWN BACK)
EMBROIDERED ON GREEN (GREEN BACK)
TWO DIFFERENT TYPES OF WEAVE AND SHADES OF OD
(BOTH ARE WHITE BACKS)
Posted 13 October 2007 - 05:48 PM
Posted 02 August 2008 - 11:25 AM
AAA-O stands for "Anything, Anywhere, Anytime bar nothing" The 39th Infantry Regiment's slogan they adopted in Sicily 1944.
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