Military Field Artillery Brigade Patches History

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Information extracted from the book
by Barry Jason Stein
Used by permission

17th FAB patch

Worn from:  10 July 1978 - Current.

Organized in 1918 at Camp Bowie, Texas as an element of the Seventeenth Division (Thunderbolt).  The thunderbolt and flashes are symbolic of the awesome firepower of artillery.

Campaigns:  World War II (Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe).

18th FAB patch

Worn from:  29 May 1979 - Current.

The cannon barrel is traditionally associated with artillery units.  The wings are indicative of the mobility, speed, and devastating accuracy of modern artillery.

Campaigns:  World War II (Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe), Armed Forces Expeditions (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait).

41st FAB patch

Worn from:  24 November 1981 - Current.

The gun tube alludes to the howitzer, and the flashes symbolize speed, accuracy, and shock.

Campaigns:  World War II (Asiatic-Pacific theater). Vietnam (Counter - offensive Phases II/III/IV/V/VI, Tet Counteroffensive, Tet 69/Counter - offensive, Summer-fall 1969, Winter-Spring 1970.

Decorations:  Meritorious Unit Commendation (streamer embroidered Vietnam 1967 - 1968), Meritorious Unit Commendation (streamer embroidered Vietnam 1968 - 1969).

42nd FAB patch


Worn from:  16 September 1980 - 1995.

Organized in August of 1918 as the Forty-second Artillery at Toul, France. The diagonal red band, indicative of a road fraught with action and danger, bearing a gold cannon barrel for distinctive service, alludes to the unit's origin as railroad artillery.  The fleur-de-lys refers to their World War I service in France.  The cannonballs represent the three battalions of the regiment when first formed.

Campaigns:  World War II, Armed Forces Expeditions (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait)


  56th FAC patch

Worn from:  11 July 1971 - 17 January 1986.

Re-designated:  Fifty-sixth Field Artillery Command.  Worn from:  17 January 1986 - 1 June 1991.

The destructive power and target capability of the Pershing missile are suggested by the red disc at center.  The upright missile signifies the readiness of the unit.  The lightning flashes refer to the ability of the missile team to act and strike quickly.  The color blue denotes the assigned infantry support.

57th FAB patch

Wisconsin Army National Guard

Worn from:  25 October 1979 - Current.

Organized in 1917 at Camp MacArthur, Texas, as the Fifty-seventh Field Artillery Brigade; an element of the Thirty-second Division with personnel from Wisconsin and the Michigan National Guard.  The arrowhead and gun sight symbolize the basic mission of the brigade, and the waves in base refer to the many waterways of the state of Wisconsin, which is an Indian word meaning "gathering of the waters."  The red arrowhead also denotes the unit's long association with the Thirty-second Infantry Division.

Campaigns:  World War I (Aisne-Marne, Oise-Aisne, Meuse-Argonne, Alsace 1918, Champagne 1918), World War II (New Guinea, Leyte, Luzon).

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

72nd FAB patch

Worn from:  16 July 1980 - 1993.

The cannonball, or black disc centered on the yellow disc, connotes accuracy of fire.  The pheons (arrowheads) are symbolic of fire power and their configuration with the yellow disc forms an allusion to the unit's numerical designation.

Campaigns:  World War I (Lorraine 1918), World War II (Rhineland, Central Europe).

75th FAB patch

Worn from:  2 March 1982 - Current.

The fieldpiece symbolizes the unit's firepower capabilities and mission.  The lozenge refers to the Seventy-fifth Field Artillery's nickname, "Diamond Brigade."

Campaigns:  World War II (Asiatic-Pacific theater), Armed Forces Expeditions (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait).

103rd FAB patch

Rhode Island Army National Guard

Worn from:  12 December 1984 - Current.

The cannon barrels crossed in saltire imply strength and allude to the unit's mission.  The anchor, adapted from the seal and flag of Rhode Island, represents the unit's home location.  It also symbolizes the strength and stability of a field artillery unit in action.

Campaigns: World War II (Guadalcanal, New Guinea, Northern Solomons, Luzon).

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

113th FAB patch


North Carolina Army National Guard

Worn from:  13 June 1980 - Current.

The cannon barrel, emblem of leadership, along with stacked gunstones refers to readiness and full-strength capabilities.  The striking hornet represents the heritage of North Carolina, home of the unit.

Campaigns:  World War II (Northern France).

115th FAB patch

Wyoming Army National Guard

Worn from:  5 July 1979 - 9 June 1988.

The three cannons represent the mission of the field artillery.  The chevrons symbolize mountains and refer to the Continental Divide and to the name of the state, "Wyoming," translated from the Delaware Indian language, means "where the plains end."