|Men of the 508th were
awarded the Bronze Service Arrowhead device for their participation in
Operation Neptune, Normandy* 6 - 7 June, 1944 while others were recognized
for their role in Operation Market-Garden. The arrowhead is
awarded but once.
*The phrase "with arrowhead" is used on Lineage and Honors Certificates to indicate that a unit participated in an assault landing, either amphibious or airborne, during that campaign. This is represented on the campaign streamer by an embroidered arrowhead.
The Bronze Service Arrowhead is a bronze replica of an Indian arrowhead 1/4
inch high and which denotes participation in a combat parachute jump,
helicopter assault landing, combat glider landing, or amphibious assault
landing, while assigned or attached as a member of an organized force
carrying out an assigned tactical mission. A soldier must actually exit the
aircraft or watercraft to receive assault credit.
Individual assault credit is
tied directly to the combat assault credit decision for the unit to which
the soldier is attached or assigned at the time of the assault. Should a
unit be denied assault, no assault credit will accrue to the individual
soldiers of the unit.
It is worn on the service and
suspension ribbons of the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign, European-Africa-Middle
Eastern Campaign, Korean Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Armed
Force Expeditionary Medal. Only one arrowhead will be worn on any ribbon.