THIS DAY IN VIRGINIA HISTORY
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October 13, 1945
The 9th Armored Division Was Inactivated at Camp Patrick Henry
This photograph of members of the 9th Armored Division of the United States Army was taken at Camp Patrick Henry in Newport News on the same day that the division was inactivated. The soldiers pose with the sign they painted and hung over the Ludendorff Railroad Bridge across the Rhine River at Remagen, Germany. When the division seized the bridge on March 7, 1945, it was the last intact bridge spanning the Rhine and their actions led to the establishment of the first Allied bridgehead across the Rhine. The sign is now in the U.S. Army's collection at the Patton Museum of Calvary and Armor at Fort Knox, Kentucky.