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

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Released:
Friday, February 28, 2014
Origin:
Texas, United States
Recently Spotted:
In Risborough - Tin Can

This is not collectible.

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Current GOAL

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

9thinfantry

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 (8834.6mi) View Map

Dropped Off 10/21/2017 Team_VP_ placed it in Risborough - Tin Can Southern England, United Kingdom - 14.41 miles  Visit Log

First cache of the day and it was a really great surprise to find one of these "large" containers, they are great! We left this military TB as its mission is to stay rural, so this cache ticked more boxes that we could have hoped for, as we walked past trenches and bomb craters after this find. We enjoyed being custodians of this TB, thank you to the TB owner :-)

Visited 10/15/2017 Team_VP_ took it to Famous Oxfordshire Residents - H, G E & W ! Southern England, United Kingdom - 1.17 miles  Visit Log
Visited 10/15/2017 Team_VP_ took it to Church Micro 3723…Nuffield Southern England, United Kingdom - .41 miles  Visit Log
Visited 10/15/2017 Team_VP_ took it to Turtle's Trail - TT08 Southern England, United Kingdom - .2 miles  Visit Log
Visited 10/15/2017 Team_VP_ took it to Turtle's Trail - TT07 Southern England, United Kingdom - .42 miles  Visit Log
Visited 10/15/2017 Team_VP_ took it to Turtle's Trail - TT05 Southern England, United Kingdom - .12 miles  Visit Log
Visited 10/15/2017 Team_VP_ took it to Turtle's Trail - TT04 Southern England, United Kingdom - .4 miles  Visit Log
Visited 10/15/2017 Team_VP_ took it to Turtle's Trail - TT03 Southern England, United Kingdom - .11 miles  Visit Log
Visited 10/15/2017 Team_VP_ took it to Turtle's Trail - TT02 Southern England, United Kingdom - .26 miles  Visit Log
Visited 10/15/2017 Team_VP_ took it to Turtle's Trail - TT01 Southern England, United Kingdom - .34 miles  Visit Log
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