Mouwembleem US Army Hawaiian Department (Sleeve badge US Army Hawaiian Department)

nice condition , white backing

€ 7,00

US Army, Pacific (USARPAC) traces its history back to 1898, when the United States first became a Pacific power and American soldiers first arrived in Hawaii.  Hawaii soon became a power-projection platform for military operations in the Asia-Pacific region.  Fort Shafter was built in 1905-07 and in 1921 became the headquarters for the Hawaiian Department.

When Army and Navy forces in Hawaii and the Philippines came under attack on December 7, 1941, Hawaii quickly became a strategic hub.  The Hawaiian Department became the Army component command under the Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas.  As the campaigns progressed, the command was designated US Army Forces, Central Pacific Area (1943-44); US Army Forces, Pacific Ocean Areas (1944-45); and US Army Forces, Middle Pacific (1945-47).  Its insignia, designed in 1944, depicted the axis of advance across the Central Pacific.

In 1947 the command was redesignated US Army, Pacific.  During the Korean War USARPAC provided combat forces, training, and logistical support.  In 1957 the Joint Chiefs of Staff eliminated the Far East Command in favor of a single US Pacific Command, and USARPAC took control of all Army forces in the region.

During the Vietnam War USARPAC provided combat forces, training, and logistical support for US Army, Vietnam.  After the war, the Army reduced its presence in the region and reorganized.  In 1974 USARPAC was eliminated as a component command and Army forces in Korea and Japan became separate major commands.  In Hawaii, USARPAC headquarters was superceded by US Army Support Command Hawaii (USASCH) and a Department of the Army field operating agency, US Army CINCPAC Support Group.

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