A Belated Memorial Day Posting

I realized too late that I had this photograph in my computer, and that it would fit nicely for Memorial Day.


This plaque is recessed into the wall between Franziskanerplatz and the courtyard behind the Hofkirche. In my 13 years’ residence in Innsbruck, I had never noticed it, until one day I did. If you’re having trouble reading the text, it says:

Zum Gedenken an die in den letzten Tagen des 2. Weltkrieges bei der Befreiung Tirols gefallenen Soldaten der U.S.-Armee.

In memory of the soldiers of the U.S. Army killed in action for the liberation of the Tyrol during the last days of World War II.

(I don’t know what the symbols represent, I assume the service organizations who sponsored the plaque. The cactus is particularly charming.)

UPDATE: I found them! The symbols are division insignia of the US Army. Top left, 44th Infantry (a mirrored “four”). Bottom left, 36th Infantry “Arrowhead”. Bottom right, 42nd Infantry, “Rainbow”. Top right, 103rd Infantry, “Cactus”.

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4 Responses to A Belated Memorial Day Posting

  1. paschberg says:

    I would connect the cactus with Arizona.
    The bottom left maybe somthing connected with North Dakota or National Guards? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_of_arms_of_North_Dakota.
    The top left could be an elbow and a blumb line; maybe an engineers corps?
    bottom right….no idea

  2. Marcellina says:

    I found what they are and updated!

  3. paschberg says:

    Nice collection of insigias.
    The original Insignia of 45th division wouldn´t have attracted attention throughout the 40ies in Austria/Germany ;-). Well, this joke maight be as old as the hills.

  4. Marcellina says:

    If it’s an old joke, I never heard it before. I too was -very- surprised to see it in connection with the US Army!

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