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NAME:

Fifth Infantry Division / 5th Division

 

NICKNAME:

"Red Diamond" and "Red Devils"

 

BATTLE HONORS:

Metz

Luxembourg

Mainz-Worms

Bridgehead

 

ACTIVATED:

December 11, 1917

October 2, 1939

July 15, 1947

 

DEACTIVATED:

September 20, 1946

November 24, 1992

 

HISTORY:

 

"The 5th Infantry Division was activated on 2 October 1939. It was sent to Iceland in 1942 to relieve British troops occupying this vital link on the Atlantic convoy routes.

 

The 5th Infantry Division landed on Utah Beach, 9 July 1944 and 4 days later took up defensive positions in the vicinity of Caumont. Launching a successful attack at Vidouville 26 July, the division drove on southeast of St. Lo, attacked and captured Angers, 9-10 August, pushed across the Seine at Fontainebleau, 23 August, and across the Marne to seize Reims, 30 August, and positions east of Verdun. The division then prepared for the assault on Metz. In mid-September a bridgehead was established and secured across the Moselle, south of Metz, in the face of very heavy opposition. First attempts to take the fortress failed, 16 September-16 October 1944, and the division withdrew, returning to the assault on 9. November. Metz was reduced after a heavy, 10-day battle. The division crossed the German border, 4 December, captured Lauterbach on the 5th, and elements reached the west bank of the Saar River, 6 December, before the division moved to assembly areas. On the 16th of December the Germans launched their winter offensive, and on the 18th the 5th was thrown in against the southern flank of the Bulge, helping to reduce it by the end of January 1945. In February and March, the division drove across and northeast of the Sauer, cracked through the Siegfried Line, reached and crossed the Rhine, 22 March, and continued on to Frankfurt-am-Main, clearing and policing the town and its environs, 27-29 March. In April the division took part in clearing the Ruhr Pocket and then drove across the Czechoslovak border, 1 May, reaching Volary and Vimperk as the war in Europe ended.

 

After the war, the division was inactivated on 20 September 1946. However, it was reactivated on 15 July 1947. The 1950s saw the division in Germany as part of the US contribution to NATO. It sent one brigade to Vietnam, with the unit serving there from 1968 until 1971. Its final assignment was to III Corps, with the mission of reinforcement of Europe in the scenario of a general war breaking out there. The division was deactivated for the final time on 24 November 1992 as part of the post-Cold War rundown of US forces."

 

Divisional history from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._5th_Infantry_Division

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This is the commonly found Patch King Reproduction 5th Infantry Division patch.

 

-Ski

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In Memory Of......
Pte Harold Griffiths, 1805, 1/6th Manchester Regt, KIA June 4th, 1915 in Gallipoli
Cpl Isaac Judges, 40494, 6th East Yorkshire Regt, KIA October 3rd, 1917 in Ypres
May they rest in peace.....

MSgt - USAF Retired

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