Artifacts from the past

On this page I will display 9th Infantry Division related items shared by veterans, their family members and from my personal collection. Many of these items were donated to me by the family members of 9th Infantry Division veterans or the veterans themselves, some were purchased.

Enjoy these 9th Infantry Division related artifacts from the past. – Yuri Beckers.

9TH INFANTRY DIVISION ARTIFACTS

UNCUT OCTOFOIL INSIGNIAS

A great piece of 9th Infantry Division history. This is an uncut piece of cloth that contains 4 Octofoil insignia. These are early war type Octofoils.

Uncut front and back Octofoil piece.

Uncut front and back of a wool patch cloth containing 4 Octofoil shoulder sleeve insignia.

 Read more about the 9th Infantry Division Shoulder Sleeve Insignia (SSI) on this page:
9th Infantry Division Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

Wartime customized Wool Shirt:

A very nice piece of 9th Infantry Division history:
A M-1937 Wool shirt with added cotton lining. This was done to make the wool fabric less itchy.
Also of interest is the blue infantry piping around the Octofoil Shoulder Sleeve Insignia.

9th Infantry Division Wool Shirt

9th Infantry Division M-1937 Wool Shirt. 

Letter by Major General Manton S. Eddy in June 1944, handed out to the 9th Infantry Division men before going into Normandy from D-Day + 4, June 10th onward. 

Headquarters Ninth Infantry Division
A.P.O. #9

June 1944

Soldiers of the Ninth Division:

The hour for the greatest adventure of our lives is at hand. I have the greatest faith that the officers and men of this Division will meet the enemy as men of America would – with determination and a fury that will strike fear to the heart of the German soldier. No one knows better then we that he is not the “superman” his wicked leaders have tried to make us think he is. We know that man for man we are better then he.

Faith in a righteous cause and faith in our ability to defend that cause will win. A righteous cause is something that God has given us and denied our enemy. History does not lie.

With determined hearts and with the help of God, which we now beseech him to give us, we are going to win this war – now!

Good luck and Godspeed“,

M. S. Eddy
Major General U.S.A. Commanding

Major General Manton Eddy's letter to the troops, dated June 1944.

Major General Manton Eddy’s letter to the troops, dated June 1944.