Military Armor Brigade Patches History1

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Information extracted from the book "US ARMY PATCHES"  by Barry Jason Stein


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50th Inf Bde

Worn from:  4 December 1964 - 1968.

Re-designated:  Fiftieth Infantry Brigade.  Worn from:  1968 - Current.

Yellow, blue, and red are the colors of the Forty-ninth Armored Divisiion insignia from which the brigade was formed.  The Spanish helmet (Morion type) suggests the origins of the first settlers of Florida.


86th Armor Bde

Worn from:  2 July 1964 - 13 August 1968.

The stag's head is adapted from the Vermont state seal of 1779.  Blue, yellow, and red are representative of the combat arms of the army.

Campaigns:  World War I (Champagne-Marne, St.-Mihiel, Meuse - Argonne, Ile-de-France 1918, Lorraine 1918), World War II (New Guinea, Northern Solomons, Luzon).

Decorations:  Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (streamer embroidered 17 October 1944 - 4 July 1945).

149th Armor Bde

Worn from:  15 March 1973 - 23 November 1993.

Constituted in January of 1839 in the Kentucky militia as the Louisville Legion and organized at Louisville.  Mustered into federal service in May of 1846 as the First Kentucky Volunteer Infantry.  Yellow, blue, and red are the colors of the branches from which armored units were formed.  The forward drive sprocket of a tank symbolizes the striking power and mobility of the armor mission.  Blue is also a reference to the sobriquet of Kentucky as the "Blue Grass State," home area of the organization.

Campaigns:  Mexican War (Monterey), Civil War (Shiloh, Murfreesborough, Chickamauga, Atlanta, Mississippi 1862, Tennessee 1863), War with Spain (Puerto Rico), World War I, World War II (New Guinea, Leyte, Luzon).

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155th Armor Bde

Mississippi Army National Guard

Worn from:  27 February 1974 - Current.

Constituted in March of 1951 in the Mississippi Army National Guard and ordered into active federal service in September of 1962 at Tupelo.  The wavy bend refers to the Mississippi River.  The lightning bolt symbolizes the striking power and shock action of the brigade.  Yellow and green are associated with armored units.

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177th Armor Bde

Worn from:  9 April 1983 - 1995.

Organized in August 1917 as the 177th Infantry Brigade at Camp Funston, Kansas.  Yellow, blue, and scarlet are used for combat arms elements of an armored organization.  The spearhead and wedge shape allude to the spearhead tactic employed in armored warfare.

Campaigns:  World War I (St.-Mihiel, Meuse-Argonne, Lorraine).

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194th Armor Bde

Worn from:  17 January 1966 - 1995.

Organized in June of 1922 at Concord, New Hampshire as the 194th Infantry Brigade, an element of the 97th Division.  Yellow, blue, and red are used for combat arms elements of an armored organization.  The crossed mace and battle-ax allude to assault tactics and the shield to defense.  The cross weapons also simulate the letter "X" as a reference to the military symbol for brigades.

Campaigns:  World War II (Central Europe), Armed Forces Expeditions (Panama).