Military Infantry Brigade Patches History

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

49th MP Bde patch
49th MP Bde

Worn from:  1973 - 13 January 1974.

Re-designated:  Forty-ninth Military Police Brigade.  Worn from:  13 September 1976 - Current.

The elements of the design symbolize the discovery of gold in California, alluding to the brigade's state of origin and to its numerical designation.  The yellow of the background refers to  California's popular nickname, the Golden State.  The red disc denotes the state's sunny climate and alludes to Sutter's Mill, a sawmill located on the American River (represented by the wavy blue area) where the first gold nuggets, indicated by the yellow diamond shape, were discovered in California in 1849.

Campaigns:  World War II (Aleutian Islands, European-African Middle Eastern theater).

58th Inf Bde patch
58th Inf Bde

Worn from:  23 September 1976 - 30 September 1985.

Blue and white are associated with infantry.,  The gray and bayonet refer to the Confederate service of elements of the brigade.  The red-and-white quartered bottony cross is taken from the shield of the coast of arms of Lord Baltimore and appears on the state flag and state seal of Maryland.

Campaigns:  World War I (Meuse-Argonne, Alsace 1918), World War II (Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe), Korean War (CCF Intervention, First UN Counter- offensive, CCF Spring Offensive, UN Summer-Fall Offensive, Second Winter, Summer-Fall 1952, Third Winter, Summer 1953).

Decorations:  French Croix de Guerre with Palm -- World War II (streamer embroidered Beaches of Normandy), Meritorious Unit Commendation -- Army (streamer embroidered European Theater).

67th Inf Bde patch
67th Inf Bde

Worn from:  30 June 1964 - 25 August 1984.

The byl, a form of pike carried by foot soldiers and one of the earliest infantry weapons, symbolizes the historical assault-and - defense traditions of infantry.

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

Decorations:  Presidential Unit Citation -- Army (streamer embroidered Bastogne), French Croix de Guerre with Palm -- World War II (streamer embroidered St. Lo

69th Inf Bde patch
69th Inf Bde

Worn from:  7 December 1964 - 25 August 1984.

The sunflower is the state flower of Kansas.  The blue funnel shaped cloud represents a tornado, whose whirling winds refer to the Indian word, "Kansas," meaning "Wind People."  The funnel cloud, charged with the sunflower, stands for the brigade which strikes with the swiftness and devastation of a Kansas tornado.



72nd Inf Bde patch
72nd Inf Bde

Worn from:  Unknown.

The brigade was originally formed from the Forty-ninth Armored Division, as suggested by the armored colors (yellow, blue, and red), and the black, outlined lower star that was on the "Lone Star" tab.  The larger star is from the Texas flag and refers to Texas as the Lone Star State.

73rd Inf Bde patch
73rd Inf Bde

Worn from:  25 January 1978 - 26 August 1992.

Re-designated:  Thirty-seventh Infantry Brigade.  Worn from:  26 August 1992 - Current.

The sword and the colors blue and yellow represent the infantry mission of the organization.  Its double-edged form represents marshal prowess, boldness, and hardiness, the cutting edge of the advance.  Scarlet and white refer to the combat engineers, scarlet and yellow are symbolic of the field artillery elements, and yellow is for armor.  The red disc and white circle refer to the buckeye symbol, taken from the Ohio state flag, and allude to the unit's home area as well as its past service with the Thirty-seventh Infantry Division.

Campaigns:  World War I (Ypres-Lys, Meuse-Argonne, Lorraine 1918), World War II (Northern Solomons, Luzon).

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

75th Inf Regt patch
75th Inf Regt

Worn from:  19 September 1975 - 26 July 1984.

Activated in April of 1943 at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.  The colors blue, white, red, and green represent four of the original six combat teams of the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), commonly referred to as "Merrill's Marauders," which were identified by color.  Two colors, khaki and orange, were not represented in the design.  The sun symbol from the Chinese flag represents the unit's cooperation with the Chinese forces in the China-Burma-India theater.  The white star represents the Star of Burma, the country in which the Marauders campaigned during World War II.  The lightning bolt is symbolic of the strike characteristics of the Marauders' behind-the-line activities.

Campaigns:  World War II (India-Burma, Central Burma), Vietnam (Counteroffensive Phases VI and VII, Tet/69 Counter- offensive, Summer-Fall 1969, Winter-Spring 1970, Sanctuary Counteroffensive, Consolidation I and II, Cease-Fire), Armed Forces Expeditions (Grenada, Panama).

Decorations:  Meritorious Unit Commendation (streamer embroidered European Theater).

76th Inf Bde patch
76th Inf Bde

Indiana Army National Guard

Worn from:  21 March 1995 - Current.

Blue and white are the colors traditionally associated with infantry units.  The arrowhead and bayonet underscore the unit's primary mission.  Black and white denote the brigade's twenty-four-hour readiness and capabilities.

Campaigns:  World War I; World War II (Tunisia, Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Southern France [with arrowhead], Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe).

Decorations:  Meritorious Unit Commendation -- Army (streamer embroidered France-Germany 1944 - 1945), Meritorious Unit Commendation -- Army (streamer embroidered Italy 1945).

81st Inf Bde patch
81st Inf Bde

Worn from:  21 September 1976 - Current.

The raven indicates that the elements of this brigade are derived from Washington state.  The family crest of George Washington, a raven on a gold coronet, traditionally has been used to form the crest of the Washington-state unit insignia.  The raven design is a combination of three Northwest Indian tribal designs of the raven; the head portion from the Haida Indians; the lower portion from the Kwakiutl Indians; and the beak, eyes, and mouth from the Nootka Indians.  The use of rectangles and squares is based on the extensive use of such shapes in Indian designs and carvings.

Campaigns:  World War I (Aisne-Marne, Oise-Aisne, Meuse-Argonne, Lorraine 1918, Champagne 1918), World War II (New Guinea, Luzon, Southern Philippines, Papua).

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

92nd Inf Bde patch
92nd Inf Bde

Worn from:  2 July 1964 - Current.

The blue area and white wavy base (waves) refer to the Caribbean; the white disc to the island of Puerto Rico.  The white disk also simulates a pearl, since Puerto Rico is known as the "Pearl of the Antilles."  The furison (a steel device for striking against flint to create fire), an ancient heraldic symbol, simulates a battle sight on a rifle.  The blue area within the furison  refers to the surrounding land area.  The cross alludes to San Juan and appears on the banner in the crest of the Puerto Rican National Guard.

Campaigns:  World War II (American theater).