|FRENCH CROIX DE GUERRE
WITH PALM STREAMER|
French Croix de Guerre with Palm, World War II, Streamer embroidered COTENTIN
(example pictured embroidered as "Normandy")
A campaign streamer with inscription is comparable to the individual award of a theater service ribbon with battle star.
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 82d Airborne Division Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 82d Airborne Division Artillery Cited in Department of the Army General Orders 43, 19 December 1950 (along with other attached units):
"A splendid unit, renowned for the gallantry and the spirit of sacrifice of its fighting men. It displayed the finest military qualities during the battle of Normandy. It formed part of the 82d Airborne Division and occupied central road points and river communications commanding the access to the landing beaches of the Cotentin. It sacrificed itself on the banks of the Merderet and the Douve, at Saint Sauveur le Vicomte and at Etienneville from 6 to 20 June 1944, in order to stem at all cost the advance of the German reinforcements which far outnumbered them in strength and fire power. It forced the enemy to remain on the defense, thus permitting the arrival of the main Allied force."