"Thunderbird Division"

 45th Infantry Division United States

The division insignia is a golden thunderbird on a red square. The thunderbird is a symbol of the Southwestern Indians meaning sacred bearer of unlimited happiness. The Spanish colors, red and gold, indicate that the four States (Colorado, Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona) represented by National Guard units in the division were settled by the Spaniards. Each side of the square represents a State.

Arrived European Theatre of Operations on 15 August 1944

Arrived Continent 15 August 1944 and entered combat 15 August 1944. 


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