The 45th Infantry Division ("Thunderbird") was constituted and organized in the Oklahoma National Guard in 1923. The division's nickname stems from its shoulder insignia, a golden (yellow) Thunderbird on a red lozenge. The insignia was originally a yellow swastika on the same background. The swastika, an emblem long held sacred by many American Indian tribes (including the Cherokee) was replaced in the 1930's because of the Nazi Party's use of the symbol. The division fought in Italy, France and Germany in World War II. Also served Korea from 1951 to 1954. Turner will give you details of the division's activities during World War II.