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Pin for 48th Infantry Dragoons worn by General Colin L. Powell

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Issued by:
United States Army, American, founded 1775  Search this
Worn by:
General Colin L. Powell, American, 1937 - 2021  Search this
Subject of:
48th Infantry Regiment, American  Search this
United States Department of Defense  Search this
United States Armed Forces, American, founded 1775  Search this
enamel on metal
H x W x D: 1 3/16 × 1 1/16 × 7/16 in. (3 × 2.7 × 1.1 cm)
Place used:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
ca. 1958-1960
Lt. Colin Powell served with the 48th Infantry "Dragoons" from 1958 to 1960, first as Platoon Leader of Company B, 2nd Armored Rifle Battalion, and then as Platoon Leader and Executive Officer of Company D, 2nd Armored Rifle Battalion. He continued to wear the Dragoons insignia on his uniforms throughout his Army career.
One (1) 48th Infantry Regiment Dragoons device worn by General Colin L. Powell. After he completed Army basic training at Fort Benning, Georgia, General Powell was assigned to the 48th Infantry (Dragoons) and stationed in West Germany. The square enameled metal insignia, on its face, features a coat of arms shield style design with navy blue background and a large gold dragon with red tongue and claws facing left. In the top left corner of the face is a small square canton of white enamel with a navy-blue chevron wave bordered in gold. Attached below the shield is a gold scroll with "DRAGOONS" in printed black letters. When worn on the Army Service uniform the pin is attached at the proper right chest above the breast pocket.
African American  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Government  Search this
Military  Search this
U.S. History, 1969-2001  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Alma J. Powell
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