1st Armored Division History

The 1st Armored Division was activated at Fort Knox on July 15, 1940. Its first commander was Major General Bruce R. Magruderfrom July 1940 to March 1942.

In 1941 General George S. Patton Jr. had just named his 2nd Armored Division "Hell on Wheels" and everyone thought that the 1st Armored Division needed a name too. Major General Bruce Magruderannounced a contest to find a suitable name for his Division. Approximately 200 names were submitted including "Fire and Brimstone" and "Kentucky Wonders." The General took them home to study over the weekend but failed to find any that appealed to him. While mulling the matter over, he happened to glance at a painting of the U.S.S. Constitution that he had bought during a drive for funds for the preservation of that famous fighting ship. From the painting of the U.S.S. Constitution U.S.S Constitution he noted its nickname, "Old Ironsides". Impressed with the parallel between the early development of the tank and the Navy's "Old Ironsides" spirit of daring and durability he decided the 1st Armored Division should also be named "Old Ironsides." Thus a famous warship of the US Navy and the famous 1st Armored Division of the U.S. Army are historically and appropriately welded by name "Old Ironsides." That ended the search for a name. The 1st Armored Division became "Old Ironsides".


Decorations
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for SOUTHWEST ASIA
Army Superior Unit Award for 1995–1996
Valorous Unit Award For Operation Iraqi Freedom I
Presidential Unit Citation For Operation Iraqi Freedom I
Joint Meritorious Unit Award For Operation Iraqi Freedom I
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09
Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army) for Operation Iraqi Freedom 10-11/ Operation New Dawn

Army Superior Unit Award for 1995–1996
Presidential Unit Citation for Operation Iraqi Freedom
Joint Meritorious Unit Award for Operation Iraqi Freedom
Valorous Unit Citation for Operation Iraqi Freedom
Navy Unit Commendation for Operation Iraqi Freedom


World War II
Tunisia
Naples-Foggia
Rome-Arno
Anzio
North Apennines
Po Valley

Southwest Asia
Defense of Saudi Arabia
Liberation and Defense of Kuwait
Cease-Fire 

Global War on Terrorism
Operation Iraqi Freedom; May 2003-July 2004 (Baghdad,Najaf,Karbala)
Operation Iraqi Freedom; Oct 2007 - Dec 2008 (Tikrit)
Operation Iraqi Freedom; Dec 2009 - Dec 2010 (Baghdad, Al Anbar)

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