Military Assistance Patches History

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


Mll Mission to Moscow patch
Mil Mission to Moscow
 

Worn from:  21 October 1944 - 15 August 1945.

The triangular shape of the insignia represents the wedge driven by the Allies into Germany and her satellites during World War II.  The word "America," in Russian characters, indicates the alliance between the United States and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.  The elevated displayed wings of the eagle indicate alertness and action.  Red, white, and blue are the national colors of the United States.


Mission_To_Observe_Greek_Elections patch
Mission To Observe Greek
Elections
 

Worn from:  29 December 1945 - 18 April 1946.

The origin and significance of the design is unknown.


Liason Missionat Potsdam patch
Liason Mission at
Potsdam

Worn from:  29 December 1945 - 18 April 1946.

This mission was established after the conclusion of the Potsdam Conference -- a meeting of the Big Three (United States, Great Britain and USSR).  The design is based on the original Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces patch.  The sword represents the Allies.  The letters indicate the unit's designation.  The flag indicates that the patch was worn by American personnel.


USA Forces Korea Patch Part 1
USA Forces Korea Patch Part 2
USA Forces Korea

Worn from:  20 September 1946 - 7 November 1946.

Re-designated:  Korea -- United States Army Forces.  Worn from:  7 November 1946 - 28 May 1971.

This patch was also known by the title Korean Military Advisory Group (KMAG).  The outer design is in the shape of the ancient bell of Seoul, Korea.  The eagle and the colors red, white, and blue represent the United States.  The letters on the tab are the unit's designation.

JUSMAG Korea patch
JUSMAG Korea

Worn from:  28 May 1971 - 3 July 1975.

Re-designated:  Joint United States Military Assistance Group -- Korea -- United States Army Element.  Worn from:   3 July 1975 - Current.

The insignia is in the form of an ancient bronze bell; one of the landmarks of Seoul, Korea.  The eagle represents the United States, and the colors red, white, and blue are the colors of the national flag of Korea and the United States.  The patch was worn with a blue tab and gold letters that formed the unit's designation "Jusmag-K."


kmag patch

KMAG

Worn from:  9 September 1943 - 7 November 1946.

Approved for local wear only.

The design is that of a Korean "taeguk," the Korean symbol for good luck.


US Attached to Iranian Army patch

US Attached to
Iranian Army
 

Worn from:  February 1959 - 15 January 1976.

Approved for local wear only.

The origin and significance of the design is unknown.

Mil Mission To Iran patch

Mil Mission To Iran

Worn from:  1 October 1943 - 4 November 1979.

The design is taken from the Iranian flag and coat of arms, the lion suggests courage and strength.  The raised sword is a symbol for justice.


MAAG Cambodia patch

MAAG Cambodia


Worn from:  November 1955 - 1958.

Approved for local wear only.

The colors and the temple of Angkor Wat are from the Cambodian flag.


MAGG Cambodia patch 2

MAAG Cambodia2

Worn from:  November 1955 - 1957.

The temple of Angkor Wat, a physical representation of Hindu cosmology, and the colors red, white, and blue are taken from the Cambodian flag.  The letters, in Khmer, are a transliteration of an English inscription.  The design was proposed personally by Prince Norodom Sihanouk to the great dismay of the army and the depart - ment of defense who were forced to approve it as a political consideration to the throne.


Special Advisors To Indonesia patch

Special Advisors
To Indonesia

Worn from:  1956 - 1975.

Approved for local wear only.

The design is of the phoenix, a mythical bird which died and rose from its own ashes.  The patch was worn by United States personnel in the Phoenix program (a counter-terrorist organization) in Vietnam on temporary assignment to Indonesia.


MAGG Formosa patch

MAAG Formosa

Worn from:  1951 - Late 1950's.

The shield (a symbol of defense) and the colors red, white, and blue represent the United States.  The twelve-pointed sun is a symbol of the Nationalist China flag.  "MAAG" is the unit's designation.

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