Non-Sports Card of the Day: 1950 Topps Freedom's War 66th Division

Today we dip our toe into the lake of non-sports cards again with a card from the 1950 Topps Freedom's War set. Although you might expect this to be a World War II set, it is mainly a set about the Korean War. The most popular card in the set is #210 of General and future President Dwight D. Eisenhower and several cards, including my card below, features insignia and patches used in battle. 

The 66th Division of the U.S. Army was created in 1943 and its main duty was fighting German forces in Northern France immediately following D-Day. The reverse side of the card gives a nice write up of the history of the division and this is card #179 and also #2 in a 24 card insignia subset. 

The image of the black panther used on the patch was created by a member of the 66th Division, Nicholas Viscardi. He was a comic book artist turned soldier who won a competition to create the image.