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33rd Infantry Division (Golden Cross), Summer 1943 - Newly arrived from California, on Oahu for Jungle Training prior to the invasion of New Guinea (Morotai)

 

"The Bearcats" - The 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry traces it lineage back to the 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Volunteer Infantry

The 136th Infantry was again activated in April of 1942 for World War II and assigned to the 33rd Division. After a stay in New Guinea, they moved to the island of Morotai where for 20 days they fought virtually alone against fanatical Japanese resistance. The next fight for the 136th Infantry was Luzon, in the Phillippines. The 136th Infantry overcame resistance at such places as Kennon Road and Skyline Ridge to help secure the island.

 

Photo from my collection - Probably the HQ group of the 2nd Battalion, 136th Regiment, 33rd Division

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33rd Infantry Division (Golden Cross), Summer 1943 - Newly arrived from California, on Oahu for Jungle Training prior to the invasion of New Guinea (Morotai)



"The Bearcats" - The 2nd Battalion, 136th Infantry traces it lineage back to the 2nd Regiment, Minnesota Volunteer Infantry



The 136th Infantry was again activated in April of 1942 for World War II and assigned to the 33rd Division. After a stay in New Guinea, they moved to the island of Morotai where for 20 days they fought virtually alone against fanatical Japanese resistance. The next fight for the 136th Infantry was Luzon, in the Phillippines. The 136th Infantry overcame resistance at such places as Kennon Road and Skyline Ridge to help secure the island.



Photo from my collection - Probably the HQ group of the 2nd Battalion, 136th Regiment, 33rd Division


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Paratroopers assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division conducted an Airborne operation alongside their Colombian partners assigned to the Colombian Army's 2nd Special Forces Battalion during a U.S. Southern Command led Dynamic Force Exercise in Tolemaida, Colombia, January 26, 2020. Note the wear of the full color SSI in the field.

 

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Here's an interesting photo for a number of reasons. The information I have says this was taken in 1946. Note the soldier on the right is wearing what looks like some sort of theater made 1st Infantry Division SSI. Yet, unless I am mistaken, he is wearing the DUI of the 122nd Field Artillery Battalion which was assigned to the 33rd Infantry Division and served in the Pacific. The soldier is definitely wearing the ribbon for the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the other ribbon is either for the Army Good Conduct Medal or the World War II Victory Medal. Note he is not wearing any enlisted branch insignia but instead officer's U.S. collar insignia. And at some point he was an infantryman since he has a Combat Infantryman Badge.

 

Any ideas? Have I misidentified the DUI?

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And one more of the White Bordered Red Diamond patch, here on the OD Poplin Overcoats. Like the OD Wool Overcoat it replaced, full insignia was worn on it, worn on it till 1967 when it was replaced by the new Sage Green Overcoat and Sage Green Raincoat, where insignia was not worn, save for officers rank on the shoulder loops, EMs worn none, that's until the early-sh 70s when those White Plastic Backings came out to be worn with the Subdued EM Rank pins, and ultimately the Gold Colored EM Rank Pins. Also unlike the previous postings where a Non White Borered 5th Div stencil or decal is sen on the front of the liners, these guys have a White Bordered Decal, a decal probably, on the sides of the liner, and have some kind of device in the center, maybe unit  number,, can't tell.

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On 5/27/2010 at 5:58 PM, Teamski said:

Here is a neat shot of a 2nd Infantry Division patch. Looks theater made.

 

-Ski

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The old Caribbean Defense Command patch, when this photo was taken in the summer of 1968, since 1963,  the United States Southern Command.

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Cook wearing the 101st Airborne Division SSI on his white uniform at Fort Campbell, Kentucky in 1966. Note the Specialist 7 on the right.

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Airborne Command SSI worn by Captain Herbert Brucker of the 10th Special Forces Group. Note the numeral "10" on his Infantry branch insignia and two combat jump stars on his Parachutist Badge.

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15 year old George Hammonds arrives back home from Korea in 1951 because he was too young when he enlisted. He is wearing a 1st Cavalry Division SSI with KOREA tab.

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Sgt. Caesar J. Civitella wearing the shoulder scroll of the 2671st Special Reconnaissance Battalion, Separate (Provisional) while being presented with the Bronze Star Medal by Major General William O. Donovan for actions while serving with the OSS in Italy during World War II.

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Sergeant Major Robert Shaumeyer of the Kansas National Guard's 69th Infantry Brigade wearing the DUI of the 137th Infantry Regiment as a pocket patch.  

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3 hours ago, seanmc1114 said:

Sergeant Major Robert Shaumeyer of the Kansas National Guard's 69th Infantry Brigade wearing the DUI of the 137th Infantry Regiment as a pocket patch.  

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Here's a little more on Shaumeyer, doesn't say his unit in WWII, gives indication he joined the National Guard for the first time after WWII in 1949.

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4 hours ago, patches said:

Here's a little more on Shaumeyer, doesn't say his unit in WWII, gives indication he joined the National Guard for the first time after WWII in 1949.

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That seems to have been typical for the 69th at that time.  Most pictures and uniforms I've seen have a regimental pocket patch.

CSM Shaumeyer served in the 970th Engineer Maintenance Company in Europe, from what I can tell, with campaign credit for Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Germany in Central Europe.  His unit was also credited with Ardennes-Alsace.

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Lieutenant Colonel ARTHUR C. STANG III the first commander of the 1st Battalion 75th Rangers in 1974 at the battalion activation ceremony.

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 STANG who was in the 173rd Abn Bde in Vietnam, now a Colonel, died in service of a heart attack/cardio-respiratory arrest while stationed at Ft Bragg in September 1980, he was 43.

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Some photos of members of the 99th Infantry Battalion 474th Infantry Regiment. The SSI of the 474th was worn on the left sleeve and that of the 99th was worn on the right. The photos show both olive and white bordered 99th Battalion SSI.

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Soldier of the 326th Glider Infantry Regiment wearing only a gold on black AIRBORNE tab. The 326th was part of the 82nd Airborne Division before the 82nd deployed to North Africa in preparation for the invasion of Sicily.. The 326th was detached from the 82nd and first sent to Alliance Air Force Base in early 1943 where it was briefly attached to the 1st Airborne Infantry Brigade before ultimately being assigned to the newly created 13th Airborne Division.

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