The "Lightning" shoulder patch originated in World War I. The battles of the 78th Division were likened by the French to a bolt of lightning, leaving the field blood red. Thus the insignia became a single streak of lightning across a red field. Motto: "Audaciter".
Arrived European Theatre of Operations on 25 October 1944.
Arrived Continent 22 November 1944 and First elements arrived at 11 December 1944. The Division entered combat at 13 December 1944