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Pin for the 758th Tank Battalion owned by Lt. Vernon O. Nicolls

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Manufactured by:
Unidentified  Search this
Issued by:
United States Army, American, founded 1775  Search this
Owned by:
Lieutenant Vernon O. Nicolls, American, 1909 - 2003  Search this
Used by:
758th Tank Battalion, American, 1941 - 1945  Search this
enamel on silver with metal
H x W x D: 1 1/4 × 15/16 × 1/4 in. (3.1 × 2.4 × 0.6 cm)
pins (fasteners)
Place used:
Italy, Europe
Vernon Nicolls was born in Barbados in 1909 and immigrated to the U.S. in 1915. During World War II, while living in Brooklyn, Nicolls enlisted as a Private in the Army at Fort Jay on Governor's Island, New York, in 1942. After graduating from Officer Candidate School, Lieutenant Nicolls served in Italy with the 758th Tank Battalion, the Army's first African American armored unit.
A pin for the 758th Tank Battalion of the United States Army owned by Lt. Vernon O. Nicolls. The pin is rectangular in shape with a rounded bottom edge. The pin is silver with white and black enamel. The pin’s main design element is a white enameled shield shape with the 758th's distinctive unit insignia, the head of an African elephant with large white tusks, centrally depicted. The elephant’s head is enameled in black with white enameled tusks that have been outlined in silver. Below the elephant insignia is the 758th's motto, [WE PIERCE], written in silver, against a black enameled banner. The back side of the pin has a vertically oriented brooch pin back bar that has been attached to the back of the pin. There are no marks visible on the back of the pin.
African American  Search this
Men  Search this
Military  Search this
World War II  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kay L. Nicolls
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