23rd Infantry Division
23rd Infantry Division
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia
23rd Infantry Divison (DUI)
Distinctive Unit Insignia


Active 5.24.1941 - 12.12.1945;
12.2.1954 - 4.10.1956;
9.25.1967 - 11.29.1972
Allegiance US Flag United States of America
Branch US Department of the Army Seal United States Army
Type Infantry Division
Current HQ none
Nickname Americal
Motto none


  • Constituted 24 May 1942 in the Army of the United States as Headquarters,
    Americal Division.
  • Activated 27 May 1942 in New Caledonia.
  • Inactivated 12 December 1945 at Fort Lawton, Washington.
  • Redesignated 1 December 1954 as Headquarters, 23rd Infantry Division.
    Allotted to the Regular Army.
  • Activated 2 December 1954 at Fort Amador, Panama Canal.
  • Inactivated 10 April 1956 at Fort Amador, Panama Canal.
  • Redesignated 25 September 1967 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company,
    23rd Infantry Division. Activated in Vietnam.
  • Inactivated 29 November 1971 at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Shoulder Sleeve InsigniaEdit

  • Description : On a blue norman shield 2 5/8 inches (6.67 cm) in height and 2 1/8 inches (5.40 cm) in width, four white stars of varying sizes all slightly tipped to the dexter, arranged to represent the Southern Cross.
  • Symbolism : The four white stars on the blue field are symbolic of the Southern Cross under which the organization has served.

Commanding General (s)Edit

Name Garrison/HQ Begin Date End Date
MG Alexander M. Patch, Jr. [[File: 24 May, 1942 31 Dec, 1942
BG Edmund B. Sebree [[File: 1 Jan, 1943 28 May, 1943
MG John R. Hodge [[File: 29 May, 1943 31 Mar, 1944
MG Robert B. McClure [[File: 1 Apr, 1944 31 Oct, 1944
MG William H. Arnold [[File: 4 Nov, 1944 12 Dec, 1945
MG Samuel W. Koster [[File: 22 Sept, 1967 Jun, 1968
MG Charles M. Gettys [[File: 23 Jun, 1968 31 May, 1969
MG Lloyd B. Ramsey [[File: 1 Jun, 1969 18 Mar, 1970
MG Albert E. Milloy [[File: 26 Apr, 1970 Nov, 1970
MG James L. Baldwin [[File: Nov, 1970 9 Jul, 1971
MG Frederick J. Kroesen, Jr. [[File: 9 Jul, 1971 29 Nov, 1971


Ribbon Name Streamer Embroidered Decorated
Presidential Unit Citation (Navy & Marine) Presidential Unit Citation Guadalcanal 1948
Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation Presidential Unit Citation (Philippines) 17 Oct, 1944 - 4 Jul, 1945 1950
Gallantry Cross (Vietnam)(Palm) Gallantry Cross (Vietnam) w/ Palm Vietnam 1969, 1970 1972
Gallantry Cross (Vietnam)(Palm) Gallantry Cross (Vietnam) w/ Palm Vietnam 1971 1974

Campaign ParticipationEdit

World War II Asiatic Pacific Campaign Streamer
World War II
Northern Solomons
Southern Philippines
(Arrowhead device)
Vietnam Service Streamer
Vietnam War
Counteroffensive, Phase III
Tet Counteroffensive
Counteroffensive, Phase IV
Counteroffensive, Phase V
Counteroffensive, Phase VI
Tet 69/Counteroffensive
Summer-Fall 1969
Winter-Spring 1970
Sanctuary Counteroffensive
Counteroffensive, Phase VII
Consolidation I

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