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Fifth Infantry Division Patch- color - each

Fifth Infantry Division Patch- color - each

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The 5th Infantry Division Patch was worn from 20 October 1918 to 1993.

The Fifth Division was organized in December 1917 at Camp Logan, Texas. The insignia was adopted by the Division upon its arrival in France. The color red was selected as a compliment to the then Commanding General whose branch of the service was the Artillery. The "ace of diamonds" was selected from the trade name "Diamond dye - it never runs." The red diamond represents a well-known problem in bridge building, it is made up of two adjacent isosceles triangles which made for the greatest strength. The Division's nickname is "Red Diamond." It is reported that the Division was latterly known among the Germans opposed to it as the "Red Tigers" and the "Red Devils." The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for 5th Division on 20 Oct 1918. It was amended on 11 Oct 1922 to correct the wording of the description. On 25 May 1943 the insignia was re-designated for the 5th Infantry Division and amended to include the symbolism of the design.

Campaigns, World War I, World War II, Panama.

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