(above) The flag of the Netherlands
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H. J. Saunders - US Military Insignias
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The Decision to Launch Operation Market Garden
Personal Rembrance of Crossing the Waal Canal
The Dutch War Minister (left) presenting the Willems Ord
to the 82nd Airborne Division in an unprecedented ceremony. General James M. Gavin
(center) receiving the decoration for the All-Americans.
On October 8,1945, the 82nd Airborne Division became the first
non-Dutch unit to be awarded the Militaire Willems Orde, Degree
of Knight of the Fourth Class. In addition to having the Division colors
decorated, this award entitles all members of the Division who fought in Holland during
the period for which the award was made to wear the Orange
Lanyard of the Royal Netherlands Army.
The 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment
was part of the 82nd Airborne Division at this time.
Militaire Willems Orde - 1815
This decoration is awarded for acts of conspicuous bravery, leadership and devotion to
duty in the face of the enemy.
Knight 4th class, -3rd class, Commander, Grand Cross.
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