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Army 1st Infantry Division Patch

Army 1st Infantry Division Patch
Date: between 1943 and 1946
United States Army 1st Infantry Division "Big Red One" should patch. Belonged to Private First Class John Lee Meyer, Jr. Meyer, a native of Phillipsburg, Kansas, was drafted into the Army in 1943. He saw heavy combant in Germany as part of the 1st Infantry Division, 18th Regiment, Company F, eventually receiving both the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. After the war, Meyer was reassigned to the 1st Division, Chief of Council, Presentation Department in Nuremberg. His new duties included building the architectural model for the redesigned courtroom at the Palace of Justice in preparation for the Nuremberg Trials.


Army Private First Class stripe patch

Army Private First Class stripe patch
Date: between 1943 and 1946
United States Army Private First Class sleeve stripe. Belonged to Private First Class John Lee Meyer, Jr. Meyer, a native of Phillipsburg, Kansas, was drafted into the Army in 1943. He saw heavy combant in Germany as part of the 1st Infantry Division, 18th Regiment, Company F, eventually receiving both the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. After the war, Meyer was reassigned to the 1st Division, Chief of Council, Presentation Department in Nuremberg. His new duties included building the architectural model for the redesigned courtroom at the Palace of Justice in preparation for the Nuremberg Trials.


Prisoner 56 patch

Prisoner 56 patch
Date: Unknown date
White cotton patch with black numbers and Japanese characters embroidered on one side. Col. James C. Hughes wore this patch while being held as a Prisoner of War in the Philippines during World War II. Hughes served in the United States Army. Born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1888, Hughes served in the Mexican Border Conflict, World War I, and World War II. During the latter conflict, he commanded a Philippine regiment (Filipino soldiers led by American officers), which surrendered in 1942 on the Bataan peninsula. Hughes spent the next 41 months in various Japanese Prisoner of War camps. The "56" on this patch refers to the prisoner number Hughes wore between 1942 and 1943 while in Karenko, a camp for high-ranking officers in Taiwan. He was liberated by Russian forces at Camp Hoten, Manchuria, in 1945. Hughes died in 1964 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


Prisoner 56 patch

Prisoner 56 patch
Date: between 1942 and 1945
White cotton patch with black numbers and Japanese characters embroidered on one side. Col. James C. Hughes wore this patch while being held as a Prisoner of War in the Philippines during World War II. Hughes served in the United States Army. Born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1888, Hughes served in the Mexican Border Conflict, World War I, and World War II. During the latter conflict, he commanded a Philippine regiment (Filipino soldiers led by American officers), which surrendered in 1942 on the Bataan peninsula. Hughes spent the next 41 months in various Japanese Prisoner of War camps. The "56" on this patch refers to the prisoner number Hughes wore between 1942 and 1943 while in Karenko, a camp for high-ranking officers in Taiwan. He was liberated by Russian forces at Camp Hoten, Manchuria, in 1945. Hughes died in 1964 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


Wes Santee Olympic patch

Wes Santee Olympic patch
Date: 1952
Shield-shaped patch with a machine-embroidered gold border and Olympic rings. This coat patch was acquired by Wes Santee while competing in the 5000 meter run at the 1952 Olympics at Helsinki, Finland. He was a sophomore at the University of Kansas at the time. Santee was the world record holder, but did not medal at the Olympics.


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