U.S. ARMY 4TH INFANTRY DIVISION PATCH

Constituted on 19 November 1917, the 4th Infantry Division was quickly nicknamed the “Ivy Division,” a play on words or, to be more accurate, a play on pronunciation: saying the two Roman numerals for 4 yields the name of the plant that symbolizes loyalty and is notoriously difficult to eradicate. These same qualities were the genesis of the unit’s motto, “Steadfast and Loyal,” emblazoned at the bottom of the 4th Infantry Division unit crest.

Although the 4th Infantry Division was not deployed to Korea or to Kuwait for Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm, it has contributed significantly in almost every other major military operation has conducted since the unit was founded. It was awarded credit for participation in five campaigns each in World War I and World War II, and took part in eleven of the seventeen official campaigns of the Vietnam War. Since 2003, the Division has been awarded ten campaign streamers for actions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria: six for Operation Iraqi Freedom, three for Operation Enduring Freedom, and one for Operation Inherent Resolve (the campaign against ISIS or ISIL).

You can read more about the “Ivy Division” at our Web pages devoted to the 4th Infantry Division Combat Service Identification Badge and the 4th Infantry Division unit crest (officially designated a Distinctive Unit Insignia).
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