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Small Old Enameled United States Army 76th Infantry Division Insignia Pin
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The picture shows a view of this Small Old Enameled United States Army 76th Infantry Division Insignia Pin. The pin is not dated but it is old. It is enameled in red, white, and blue with an insignia in the center. It is marked on the two sides as follows:



The pin measures 1/2'' wide. It appears to be in good condition with some tiny chips on the enameling as pictured. Below here, for reference, is some additional information on the 76th Divsion:

76th Division (United States)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

76th Infantry Division

Active: 1917 - 1919, 1942 - 1945, 1963 -
Country: United States
Branch: U.S. Army
Nickname: Onaway Division, Liberty Bell Division
Engagements: World War I, World War II

The 76th Infantry Division was a unit of the United States Army in World War I and World War II.

Training & Activation
Intensive training began 12 April 1943 Advanced training July 1943 at A.P. Hill Military Reservation near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Winter training September 1943 at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin (Skis, snowshoes, toboggans, snow tractors, snow goggles, winter camouflage suits, Eskimo parkas, etc.) Simultaneously advanced training group moved November 1943 to Northern Michigan near Watersmeet. Winter training experts from Mountaining Training Center at Camp Hale, Colorado gave special training program. Additional winter training began at Ottawa National Forest near Watersmeet, Michigan on 19 February 1944. Temperatures dropped to 28 F. Four exercises were conducted during which the 385th Infantry Regiment (headquartered in Pori, Michigan, opposed the division as an enemy force. 12 March 1944, the division returned to Camp McCoy. 7,000 troops were taken from the 76th to build up forces for D-Day during April 1944.

November 1944, trains headed to Camp Myles Standish in Massachusetts for staging before transport to Europe. On Thanksgiving Day 1944, three transports sailed from Boston Port of Embarkation to Europe. The 304th Infantry plus a Division Headquarters Party sailed on the S.S. Brazil. The 304th reached Southampton England on 4 December 1944. The 385th Infantry crossed the Atlantic on the S.S. Sea Owl. The 385th reached Southampton on 4 December 1944. The 417th Infantry sailed on the SS Marine Raven. The 417th docked at Plymouth 4 December 1944. The remainder of the division sailed from Boston on 10 December 1944 aboard the Coast Guard operated transport S.S. Richardson. The S.S. Richardson docked at Clyde River near Grenoch, Scotland 12 December 1944. The remainder of the Division Headquarters sailed from New York on 4 December on the Dutch liner New Amserdam.

Combat chronicle
The 76th Infantry Division arrived in England, 20 December 1944, where it received additional training. It landed at Le Havre, France, 12 January 1945, and proceeded to the Limesy concentration area. The Division moved to Beine east of Reims and then to Champlon, Belgium, 23 January, to prepare for combat. Relieving the 87th Division in defensive positions along the Sauer and Moselle Rivers in the vicinity of Echternach, Luxembourg, 25 January, the 76th sent out patrols and crossed the Sauer, 7 February, and breached the Siegfried Line in a heavy assault. The advance continued across the Prum and Nims Rivers, 25 - 27 February. Katzenkopf fortress and Irrel fell on 28 February and the attack pushed on toward Trier, reaching the Moselle, 3 March. Driving across the Kyll River, the Division took Hosten, 3 March, Speicher on 5 March and Karl on 10 March; swung south and cleared the area north of the Moselle, crossing the river, 18 March, near Mulheim. Moving to the Rhine, the 76th took over defenses from Boppard to St. Goar and crossed the Rhine at Boppard, 27 March. It drove east and took Kamberg in a house to house struggle, 29 March. A new attack was launched 4 April and the Werra River was reached the next day. The attack continued in conjunction with the 6th Armored Division; Langensalza fell and the Gera River was crossed, 11 April. Zeitz was captured after a violent struggle, 14 - 15 April, and the 76th reached the Mulde River on 16 April, going into defensive positions to hold a bridgehead across the Mulde near Chemnitz until VE-day.

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Small Old Enameled United States Army 76th Infantry Division Insignia Pin

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