The design of the 42nd Infantry Division Distinctive Unit Insignia, or unit crest, draws upon elements of its Shoulder Sleeve Insignia, as well as its impressive wartime accomplishments. A rainbow at the top of the crest is an obvious reference to the unit’s nickname, given to it by Douglas Macarthur after it had been assembled with troops from 26 states and the District of Columbia. The two ends of the rainbow each terminate behind a fleur-de-lis, symbolizing the Division’s service in France during the First and Second World Wars.

Beneath the rainbow and between the pair of fleur-de-lis is a rising sun, inspired by the imagery found on the seal of the Division’s home state of New York (the 42nd is currently under state control as part of the New York Army National Guard).

The design for the 42nd Infantry Division unit crest was approved on 3 June 1976.

Customers purchasing this item may wish to add the 42nd Infantry Division unit patch or the 42nd Infantry Division CSIB (Combat Service ID Badge) to their shopping carts.

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