78th Training Division Lightning, US Army
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78TH TRAINING DIVISION LIGHTNING, US ARMY
(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Distictive Unit Insignia:
"a gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02cm) in height overall, consisting of a white enamel alerion on a scarlet enamel disc centered upon a blue enamel equilateral triangle with notched sides, all in front of two white enamel lightning flashes in a V form contained at top and bottom by a continuous scarlet scroll inscribed below with the word "AUDACITER" in gold"
Meaning Distictive Unit Insignia: The white alerion on scarlet is from the arms of Lorraine Province in France where the organization served in three World War I campaigns. In World War II, the unit participated in the Ardennes-Alsace, Rhineland and Central Europe campaigns indicated by the three points, in the color blue for Infantry and for the area of the Rhine River. The white flashes and the red of the scroll allude to the Division shoulder sleeve insignia.