U.S. WWII 36th Infantry Division Shoulder Patch - Arrowhead
New Made Item: Top quality embroidery. The 36th Infantry Division ("Arrowhead"), also known as the "Texas Division", is a division of the United States Army and the Texas Army National Guard. It was activated for service in World War II on 25 November 1940, and was sent to the European Theater of Operations in April 1943, and returned to the Texas Army National Guard in December 1945.
A unit of the 36th Infantry, the 2nd Battalion, was detached and sent to the Pacific just before the outbreak of war in late 1941. Captured by the Japanese and forced into slave labor, its fate was unknown for most of the rest of World War II, resulting in the name The Lost Battalion.
2.5" H x 1.6" W
The 36th was called up again for active federal service on 25 November 1940, at San Antonio, Texas, departing for its mobilization station at Camp Bowie, Texas on 14 December 1940. It moved to Brownwood, Texas on 1 June 1941, where it participated in the VIII Corps Brownwood Maneuvers until 13 June 1941. The division then returned to Camp Bowie.
The division then moved to Mansfield, Louisiana, and took part in both the August and September 1941 Louisiana Maneuvers. The division then returned to Camp Bowie on 2 October 1941, where it was reorganized into a triangular infantry division on 1 February 1942.
The division then moved to Camp Blanding, Florida on 19 February 1942, and participated in the Carolina Maneuvers between 9 July 1942, and 15 August 1942. The division then was staged at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts on 17 August 1942, for its port call to the European Theater Of Operations (ETO). During its time at Camp Edwards, the division conducted mock assaults of Martha's Vineyard Island in preparation for future amphibious operations.
The division departed the New York Port of Embarkation on 2 April 1943, for North Africa.
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