Travel Bug Dog Tag WW II-9th Infantry in Italy TB

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Friday, February 28, 2014
Texas, United States
Recently Spotted:
In The Deathly Hollows

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Please drop this item in rural OR Premium Member Only caches.  Do not place it in an urban cache or abandon it at a caching event.  Transport the bug in the original plastic bag for as long as the bag lasts; the bag keeps the trackable clean and prevents tangling with other items.  Otherwise, take the travel bug anywhere you wish.  No permission is needed to leave the U.S.

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About This Item


Replica Shoulder Patch. This travel bug is one of several made to recognize the US Army Divisions that fought in Sicily and mainland Italy in World War II.  In the Spring of 2014 the travel bug owner activated, dipped, then, in March and April, took the travel bugs to caches in Italy. Some of the bugs were released in Italy and some were brought back to the states to be put into circulation.

The 9th Infantry Division  was among the first U.S. combat units to engage in offensive ground operations during World War II.  In 1923, the Ninth Infantry Division adopted the "Octofoil" as its patch. The selection was a unique one, as the design dated back to the 15th Century, when it was customary for each son to have an individual mark of distinction. Perhaps "Octo", meaning "eight", is a bit confusing to many when speaking of the Ninth Division. But in foiling there are eight foils (positions) and heraldic rules gave the Octofoil to the ninth son, since it was symbolic for his being surrounded by eight brothers. This is the explanation of why this eight petaled insignia is correct for the Ninth Regular Army Division.

The 9th saw its first combat on 8 November 1942, when its elements landed at Algiers, Safi, and Port Lyautey.  The taking of Safi stands as the first liberation of a city from Axis control in World War II.  With the collapse of French resistance, the division patrolled the Spanish Moroccan border.  In August, the 9th landed at Palermo, Sicily, and took part in the capture of Randazzo and Messina.  With the capture of Italy the Division trained for the invasion at Normandy.

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Tracking History (8741.5mi) View Map

Dropped Off 4/6/2017 The Psychic 7 placed it in The Deathly Hollows Southern England, United Kingdom - 16.06 miles  Visit Log

Dropped off!

Retrieve It from a Cache 3/25/2016 The Psychic 7 retrieved it from GMS E 03 Southern England, United Kingdom   Visit Log

Our first trackable find!
Bag still in good condition☺

Dropped Off 3/17/2016 wastedgirl placed it in GMS E 03 Southern England, United Kingdom - 10.71 miles  Visit Log
Discovered It 3/16/2016 Discob15 discovered it   Visit Log

Spotted this TB in the hands of wastedgirl

Visited 3/16/2016 wastedgirl took it to Quiet Pond Southern England, United Kingdom - .57 miles  Visit Log
Visited 3/16/2016 wastedgirl took it to A WATERING HOLE IN (WHISTLEY GREEN) Southern England, United Kingdom - .25 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 3/16/2016 wastedgirl retrieved it from THE QUERCUS WALK (THE LEANING ONE) Southern England, United Kingdom   Visit Log

Will send it along on its travels soon, I will look for a good geocache to drop it in to :-)

Dropped Off 3/5/2016 jammycarrot placed it in THE QUERCUS WALK (THE LEANING ONE) Southern England, United Kingdom - 126.58 miles  Visit Log
Visited 2/19/2016 jammycarrot took it to Trunky South West England, United Kingdom - 297.65 miles  Visit Log
Visited 12/28/2015 jammycarrot took it to Curse of the FTF County Durham #2 - Sundial Northeast England, United Kingdom - .92 miles  Visit Log
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