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NETHERLANDS MILITARY ORDER OF WILLIAM

NETHERLANDS MILITARY ORDER OF WILLIAM (Decree of the Knight of the Fourth Class) awarded under Royal Decree No. 30, 8 October 1945, by Wilhelmenia, Queen of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau, with the following citation:

Considering that the 82d Airborne Division of the United States Army, during the airborne operations and the ensuing fighting actions in the central part of the Netherlands in the period from 17 September to 4 October 1944, excelled in performing the tasks allotted to it, with tact, coupled with superior gallantry, self-sacrifice and loyalty; considering also, that the actions of the aforesaid division took place in the area of Nijmegen; have approved and ordered,

1. To decree that the divisional colors of the 82d Airborne Division of the United States Army shall be decorated with the Military Order of William, degree of the knight of the fourth class;
2. To authorize the division to carry in its divisional colors, the name of the town of NIJMEGEN 1944.

NETHERLANDS ORANGE LANYARD, awarded under Ministerial Decree No. X 25, 8 October 1945, by the Netherlands Minister of War, with the following citation:

Considering that the outstanding performance of duty of the 82d Airborne Division, United States Army, during the airborne operations and the ensuing fighting actions in the central part of the Netherlands from the period 17 September to October 1944, has induced HER MAJESTY, THE QUEEN, to decorate its divisional colors with the Military Order of William, degree of the knight of the fourth class; considering also, that it is desirable for each member of the personnel of the 82d Airborne Division, United States Army, who took part in aforesaid operations, to possess a lasting memento of this glorious struggle; decrees: that each member of the 82d Airborne Division, United States Army, who took part in the operations in the area of Nijmegen in the period 17 September to 4 October 1944 is allowed to wear the Orange Lanyard of the Royal Netherlands Army.


Wearing of foreign decorations:
Netherlands Orange Lanyard.--The Netherlands Orange Lanyard may be worn permanently by individuals who participated with the unit in the actions for which it was cited and temporary wearing of the lanyard is not authorized.

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