His First Patch
46" x 36"
Oil on Canvas
4th Infantry Division, Fort Lewis, Washington
Private John T. Floyd – Los Angeles, California
Private First Class Alfred L. King – Sacramento, California
A memorable event in the career of a soldier is his first assignment into
a regular unit.
It is then that his real soldiering begins. He is part of a team that has
a specific job to do.
After basic training, a soldier is given advanced infantry training,
or on-the-job training. When this is completed he is a full-fledged member
of a working unit.
He is then entitled to wear its distinguishing patch and any awards or
it may have acquired in past campaigns.
When Private Floyd arrived at the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Lewis
it was being built up for overseas assignment. Prepared by basic and
he became an integral part of Headquarters Company, First Battalion,
an organization with a mission to perform.
Private Floyd was met by Private First Class Alfred King, whose duty it
was to bring records
of new arrivals up to date, issue necessary equipment, and send them to
their new units.
PFC King guided Private Floyd through the record work, then presented him
with new supplies
and equipment, including his first patch.