Award of the Belgian Fourragère
||In a ceremony at Ft. Knox, Kentucky, on February
11, 1949, the Belgian Ambassador to the U.S. conferred his country's
highest national award to the 3rd Armored Division. The Division
had originally been bestowed this great honor, but without a
formal ceremony, on November 3, 1945, the week before its deactivation
in post-war Germany. But with Spearhead's reactivation in 1947,
plans for a fitting ceremony in the U.S. were finally established.
Those in attendance at Ft. Knox included then current Division
Commander MG Roderick Allen and a sizable contingent of 3AD WWII
veterans, including Major Gen. Doyle O. Hickey, who would soon
serve as chief of staff in the Korean War under both Gen. Douglas
MacArthur and Lt. Gen. Matthew Ridgeway. Below are portions of
the original announcement, as published by the Consul General
of Belgium in New York.