Vintage US Army Wool Field Jacket 1944 Size 36R With Patches, Insignias and Ribbons.
100th Infantry Division (picture #5) : is a division of the United States Army headquartered at Fort Knox, Kentucky. It currently serves as a major training command of the United States Army Reserve. It has been known as the "Century Division" owing to its "100th" designation.
Insignias (picture #5 and #6) : Technical Sgt Second Grade
WW2 Honorable discharge "Rupture Duck" (picture #5) : Bird in a Circle.
Infantry Insignia (picture #6)
Ribbons from left to right (picture #6) : Silver Star ; ? ; Army Good Conduct Medal ; European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign with silver and gold stars ; World War II Victory Medal
Seventh Army (picture #6) : 1st November 1944 they fight in the Vosges Mountains and broke into the Alsatian Plain.
Regiment, earned the Army’s first Expert Infantryman Badge, a badge still earned today only by the most technically-competent infantrymen and certain special operation personnel in the Army.
The Division went into combat in early November as part of the US Seventh Army’s VI Corps, with the mission of penetrating the German Winter Line in the High Vosges Mountains on the edge of the oft-disputed province of Alsace.
The Vosges terrain was formidable and the severe winter weather added hundreds of casualties to those inflicted by the tenacious German defenders. Nevertheless, the 100th led the attack through the Vosges Mountains as, for the first time in history, an army succeeded in penetrating that vaunted terrain barrier to the Rhine Plain and Germany. Within the first month of combat, the German Army Group G Chief of Staff, General von Mellenthin, referred to the 100th as “a crack assault division with daring and flexible leadership.”