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Discussion in 'Military Service Records & Genealogical Research' started by A.C., Nov 11, 2017.

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    Recently my grandmother passed away, and I have asked my mom to inherit my grandfather's military uniform from World War II. I asked when I was in high school about it, and I was told there are no patches or medals on it. My sister and I have decided to restore it as best as we can over the summer, and I was wondering if anyone could identify what this patch on his uniform is. I thought it was a division, but I have not had much luck. My grandfather was at Fort Mason, then sent to Hawaii to go to Okinawa, but he was lucky last minute when they needed a volunteer to be a draftsman, and he got the job (so the story goes). I believe he stayed in Hawaii for a majority of the war, but I am not sure. I found online on Fold3 that he was a warrant officer, but I also have been sent a photo of him by mom and it said he was a Private 1st Class. Thank you for your time and help.
     

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    Hi,

    Welcome to Forum.

    God bless your Grandfather.

    it is US army 23rd Infantry Division, I think.


    23rd Infantry Division (United States) - Wikipedia

    Maybe a sub-unit of this ID.
     
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    Actually I think it's a WESTCOM Army Pacific patch. Try a goggle search with that. :)
     
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    Thank you so much for your assistance. Have a nice Veterans Day and Remembrance Day.
     
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    Hi,

    You're Welcome.
     
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    Thank you for everyone's help again. I really appreciate it. I would like to share that when I went home for Thanksgiving Break I got to see my grandfather's uniform. I was in for a big surprise when I found it. I walked into the storage room expecting nothing on the uniform, but I am still surprised at what I found.
     

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    Looks like my image disappeared. here is the patch.
    upload_2017-12-5_20-8-46.jpeg

    The uniform is very impressive Glad you found it.
     
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    Image in post no#7 is correct, in #9, the patch is upside down. :)

    "The insignia of the U.S. Army Pacific was originally designed and approved for U.S. Army forces Pacific Ocean Areas on October 18, 1944. The patch contains a red arrow and white stars on a blue field. The red arrow of war denotes the valor and self-sufficiency of the forces of the command. The blue field represents the vast expanse of the command area. The white stars portray the North Star, Big Dipper and the Southern Cross, which locate the command headquarters. The stars of the insignia also recall a key date in the history of the U.S. Army and the U.S. Armed Forces in the Pacific. The total of 12 stars represents the month of December, the seven stars of the Big Dipper, the 7th day, and the four stars of the Southern Cross plus the North Star, the year '41: 12-7-41 - December 7, 1941, the date of the United States' entry into World War II."
    -text from https://www.usarpac.army.mil/insignia.asp
     

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