Military Infantry Brigade Patches History

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

198th Inf Bde patch
198th Inf Bde

Worn from:  10 July 1967 - February 1969.

Blue and white are the colors associated with infantry.  The tongue of flame alludes to the unit's firepower, and the bayonet, a basic infantry weapon, is symbolic of carrying the fight to the enemy.  Together, the flame and bayonet refer to the unit's spirit and readiness to engage the enemy in a fire fight or hand-to-hand combat with the bayonet.

Campaigns:  World War II (Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe), Vietnam Counteroffensive Phases II/III/IV/V/ VI/VII, Tet and Tet/69 Counteroffensives, Summer-Fall 1969, Winter-Spring 1970, Sanctuary Counteroffensive, Consolidation I).

Decorations:  Belgian Fourragere 1940, cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian army for action at the Siegfried Line, Elsenborn Crest, and the Ardennes, Republic of Vietnam Crosses of Gallantry with Palm (streamers embroidered Vietnam 1969 - 1970; Vietnam April - June 1971; and). Vietnam June- October 1971

199th Inf Bde patch
199th Inf Bde

Worn from:  29 November 1965 - 1992.

The spear, an early infantry weapon, in the flames symbolizes the evolution and firepower of modern infantry.

Campaigns:  World War II (Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe), Vietnam (Counteroffensive Phases II/III/IV/V/ VI/VII, Tet and Tet/69 Counteroffensives, Sanctuary Counter- offensive, Summer-Fall 1969, Winter-Spring 1970).

Decorations:  Valorous Unit Award (streamer embroidered Saigon-Long Binh), Meritorious Unit Commendation -- Army (streamer embroidered Vietnam 1968 - 1969), Republic of Vietnam Crosses of Gallantry with Palm (streamers embroidered Vietnam 1968, and Vietnam 1968 - 1970), Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal -- First Class (streamer embroidered Vietnam 1966 - 1970).

205th Inf Bde patch
205th Inf Bde

Worn from:  9 January 1964 - 1994.

Blue, white, red, and yellow are colors of the infantry, artillery, and armor components of the brigade.  The infantry bayonet refers to the fighting spirit of the brigade.  The star represents Minnesota, the "star of the north," where the headquarters of the brigade is located.

Campaigns:  World war II (Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe).

218th Inf Bde patch
218th Inf Bde

Worn from:  12 June 1974 - Current.

The bayonets allude to mission and combat readiness.  The crescent, taken from the state flag of South Carolina, and the colors blue and gray refer to the history of the state and the militia, which, in 1775, on James Island, arrived wearing blue uniforms with a silver crescent on their caps.  The crescent is also used to represent the unit's allotment to the South Carolina Army National Guard.


256th Inf Bde patch
256th Inf Bde

Louisiana Army National Guard

Worn from:  26 July 1968 - Current.

The saltire is a symbol used on military maps to represent a brigade.  The saltire, which also appears on the coat of arms of Nova Scotia and on the Confederate flag, alludes to the brigade's home area, whose early inhabitants were from Nova Scotia, and to the Confederacy of which Louisiana was a part.  The fleur-de lys, referring to the location of the brigade's headquarters at      La Fayette, stands for the French background and traditions of that part of the state.  The center frond is red in reference to     La Fayette's original name, Vermillionville, and to nearby Bayou  Vermillionville.

Campaigns:  World War II (Northern France, Central Europe).


258th MP Bde patch
258th MP Bde

Worn from:  30 March 1966 - 24 September 1968.

Re-designated:  258th Military Police Brigade.  Worn from:  24 September 1968 - Current.

The unit's former designations (158th Infantry Regiment and the 258th Infantry Brigade) are indicated by the colors blue and white; traditional colors of the infantry.  The bushmaster snake coiled around a brush-cutting machete is symbolic of the Canal Zone jungles and refers to service in that area during World War II.

Campaigns:  World War I, World War II (American theater, new Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago, Luzon).

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

278th ACR patch
278th ACR

Worn from:  21 March 1974 - 22 August 1978.

Re-designated:  278th Armored Cavalry Regiment.  Worn from:  22 August 1978 - Current.

The green background with three stars refers to the hickory-tree crest of the Tennessee Army National Guard.  The wavy-blue three-armed partition represents the coming together of the Holston and the French Broad Rivers to form the beginning of the Tennessee River in Knoxville, where the regiment's headquarters is located

Campaigns:  World War I (Somme Offensive, Ypres-Lys, Flanders 1918), World War II (Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, New Guinea, Luzon, Southern Philippines).

175th Finance Ctr patch
175th Finance Ctr

Worn from:  21 November 1986 - Current.

The taeguk suggests the unit's home area.  The sword is indicative of support to the soldier.  The golden-yellow disc alludes to a bezant, a heraldic symbol for money, and refers to the center's mission.

Campaigns:  World War II (New Guinea).

266th Finance Ctr patch
266th Finance Ctr


Worn from:  13 February 1987 - Current.

The association of the center with Europe is recalled by the demilion.  The financial responsibilities of the center are referred to by the yellow disc, representing money, and the color black, suggesting solvency and fiscal accountability.

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

336th Finance Cmd patch
336th Finance Cmd

Worn from:  23 January 1995 - Current.

Silver gray and golden yellow are the colors traditionally associated with finance units.  The blue fleur-de-lys reflects the unit's heritage and area of operation while the lozenge recalls the Finance Corps insignia of branch.