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45th Infantry Division

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The 45th Infantry Division was part of the Oklahoma Army National Guard from 1920 to 1968.  The 45th Infantry Division took part in intense fighting during the invasion of Sicily and the attack on Salerno in the 1943 Italian Campaign. Slowly advancing through Italy, the 45th fought in Anzio and the Beachhead breakout to the capture of Rome. After landing in France during Operation Dragoon, they joined the 1945 drive into Germany that ended the War in Europe.  On Sunday April 29th 1945 the 3rd Bataillon of the 157th Infantry Regiment of the 45th Infantry Division liberated the Dachau concentration camp near Munich.
After brief inactivation, the division returned to duty in 1951 for the Korean War.
The division remained a National Guard formation until its downsizing in 1968. Several units were activated to replace the division and carry on its lineage. Over the course of its history, the 45th Infantry Division sustained over 25,000 battle casualties, and its men were awarded ten Medals of Honor, twelve campaign streamers, the Croix de Guerre and the Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation.

*Approx 50mm width, chrome plated, zinc alloy
*Attaches with 3M adhesive

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