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23rd Inf Div

  • 995

23rd Infantry "The Americal Division”
The 23rd Infantry Division, more commonly known as the Americal Division, was activated 27 May 1942 on the island of New Caledonia. In the immediate emergency following Pearl Harbor, the United States hurriedly sent three individual regiments to defend New Caledonia against a feared Japanese attack. This division was the only division formed outside of United States territory during World War II. At the suggestion of a subordinate, the division's commander, Major General Alexander Patch, requested that the new unit be known as the Americal Division—the name being a contraction of "American, New Caledonian Division". This was unusual, as most U.S. divisions are known by a number. After World War II the Americal Division was officially re-designated as the 23rd Infantry Division. However, it was rarely referred to as such, even on official orders

*Approx 50mm x 40mm, chrome plated, zinc alloy, enamel
*Attaches with 3M adhesive for easy application

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