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PP22425     Walt Disney Productions - 3d Infantry Division Bulldog

Walt Disney Productions - 3d Infantry Division Bulldog

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  • Limited Edition: Open
  • Year on Pin / Released: 1965
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  • Owns: 1
  • Wanting: 9
  • Trading: 0

Front Description

When this came to my possession it had the following description: THIS BADGE DEPICTS THE BULLDOG CARICTURE CREATED BY WALT DISNEY FOR THE 3rd INFANTRY DIVISION OF THE US ARMY. THE BADGE IS MADE FROM BRASS, THE DETAIL IS IN ENAMEL , ON THE FRONT OF THE BADGE IS 1965 WALT DISNEY PRODUCTION. IT IS IN PERFECT CONDITION AND MEASURES 4" X 4" . BELOW IS THE STORY OF HOW THIS DOG WAS CREATED. "I'm just a dog face soldier, with a rifle on my shoulder." So go the words of the division's theme song. Thanks to the creative genius of Walt Disney Productions, that "Dog Face Soldier" was caricatured into a tan bulldog: "heroic, but humble, fierce, but gentle, quick-witted and wise, with a confidence and dignity that comes from having proved himself." Major General Albert 0. Connor, a Third Division commander, visualized verbally what he wanted for a "Dog Face Soldier", Walt Disney Productions complied and the caricature was created. All it cost was one dollar. The bull-dog face soldier is the result of an exchange of letters between General Connor and Walt Disney Productions. In one of his letters to Disney, General Connor explained: "For many years, the 3d Infantry Division has been seeking a trademark based on the symbolism of the "Dog Face Soldier." The term "dog face," he continued, "is an old one in our Army, dating back to the Indian Wars." The division received the final design of the bull-dog face soldier in August 1965. Along with the drawing came a contract granting exclusive and perpetual right and license to reproduce the drawing. The one dollar bill provided by the Marne Association was autographed by the division's Sergeants Major. Along with the autographed bill, which was framed, a letter of thanks to Walt Disney and his staff was sent for bringing to life the verbal conception of a song. To this day, the Third Infantry Division maintains a "real-life" Rocky the bulldog, who is stationed along with his fellow "Marne doggies" at unit headquarters at Fort Stewart, Georgia. It has a brooch fastening on the back, not a pin back.

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