|1920s Hale County
map showing Swastika (S of Plainview)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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due to the name's association with the Nazis, has been removed from
even the most detailed county maps. It first appeared on the General
Land Office 1920s map of Hale County and remained for both the 1930
Highway map and the 1940 state county map. It thereafter disappeared,
with not so much as a cemetery shown for the town’s presence.
The Swastika, one of the most widely used symbols of good luck, has
wide-ranging religious significance as well. The name is from the
Sanskrit and it has appeared on inscriptions, carvings, jewelry and
at least one vegetarian barbeque sauce can. It was a talisman for
early aviators and Charles Lindbergh had it painted on the Spirit
of St Louis. Texas Guinan’s
boyfriend used it as a logo on the doors of his fleet of taxis in
1920s NYC and it even appeared on a unit
patch for the U.S. Army’s 45th Infantry Division.
But after the Nazis appropriated it for their political party, it
fell out of favor. A history of the town may be available for a researcher
in the Hale County area, but currently, there’s no content available
for our coverage. Just the appearance on the old county maps.
or 'sun wheel' is a sacred symbol among American Indians. That's
why the 45th Infantry--the Oklahoma National Guard--used it as their
patch. It was replaced by a stylized thurnderbird. It was featured
on the rosette of the warbonnet of the 'Screaming Sioux,' which was
the squadron emblem for the Lafayette Escadrille, made up of volunteer
Americans who flew for the French (it was actually the air arm of
the French Foreign Legion) during WW
I. It was also, prior to WW
II, used widely by the Boy Scouts in the US, but not overseas.
Today it is illegal to display a swastika in most of Europe.
During WW II,
fighter pilots in Europe painted small swastikas on their planes--one
for each German plane shot down. Bomber pilots often painted small
swastikas on their planes for each mission flown. Scale models of
those aircraft, today, are marketed all over the world. Instead of
swastikas, the decal 'score marks' are usually small yellow crosses
on those models. However, on models of planes from the Pacific the
decals are accurate--representations of Japan's 'rising sun' flag.
Captain Bong's P-38 had 50 rising suns on it. He was the highest-scoring
ace in US history. He was brought back to the States to train pilots
and was killed when a P-80 Shooting Star, the first US operational
jet fighter, flamed out on takeoff. He was testing the new aircraft.
F. Eckhardt, May 05, 2010
Army’s 45th Infantry Insignia
Courtesy Wikipedia Commons
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Courtesy Texas State Library and Archives
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