Military Infantry Division Patches

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

Divisions either organized before or during World War I did not use the designation "infantry."  The re-designation of these divisions as infantry came sometime after World War I when the divisions' structure was reorganized to include specialists in a wide variety of functions.  A standard infantry division of the World War II era, for example, was designed for open warfare and, consequently, a pool of motor transport and artillery were assigned to them.  It was this combined-arms formation that gained permanent status.  Specialized combat or logistical support was provided by corps and army-level units.  Beside the infantry division, motorized and airborne divisions were formed as well as a light (truck) division, a light (jungle) division, and a mountain division.  The airborne division was initially a miniature version of the infantry division with the addition of a small antiaircraft battalion, one parachute, and two glider regiments.

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


82nd Abn Div (Sniper) patch

82nd Abn Div (Sniper)

Worn from:  February 1968 - December 1969 (Unauthorized).

The design is that of a scoped sniper rifle and the word "sniper" is superimposed on the Eighty-second Airborne Division patch, which was worn during the Vietnam War.

101st Abn Div(Sniper) patch

 101st Abn Div(Sniper)

Worn from:  November 1967 - March 1972 (Unauthorized).

On the original 101st design, the word "sniper" has replaced the word "airborne" on the tab.   Above the eagle's head is the outline of an M-16 rifle.

1st Cav Div patch
1st Cav Div

Worn from:  20 August 1921 - Current.

Yellow is the traditional cavalry color; the horse's head refers to the division's original cavalry structure.  Black, symbolic of iron, represents the transition to tanks and armor.  The black diagonal stripe represents a sword baldric and is a mark of military honor; it also implies movement "up the field" and thus symbolizes aggressive elan and attack.  The one diagonal, as well as the one horse's head, may also allude to the division's numerical designation.  The patch is in the shape of a Norman shield, signifying chivalry and knightly valor.  Due to the size of the patch, non-First Cavalry troops in Vietnam sometimes referred to the First Cavalry as the "Blanket Division."  The division was activated 13 September 1921 at Fort Bliss, Texas.  Some say the size of the patch came about because the dust kicked up by the horse-mounted in 1943 prior to being sent to the Pacific 23 May 1943.  Upon arriving in the Pacific theater, the division made its way to a chain of islands and arrived in Tokyo 8 September 1945 (the first American division into Japan).  It was the first American division to enter the North Korean capital of Pyongyang, and it was the first full division to arrive in Vietnam.  In Vietnam, the First Team fought the bitter battle of Ia Drang Valley; fought again in Binh Dinh province; and sent the Sky Troopers into the battles of Binh Thuan provice as well as Hue, Khe Sanh, Quang Tri City, and the A Shau Valley effectively demonstrating the power of the new air mobile warfare.

Current location:  Fort Hood, Texas.

Campaigns:  World War II (New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago, Leyte, Luzon), Korean War (UN Defensive, UN Offensive, CCF Intervention, First UN Counteroffensive, CCF Spring offensive, UN Summer-Fall Offensive, Second Winter), Vietnam (Defense, Counteroffensive and Phases II/III/IV/V/VI/VII, Tet and Tet/69, Winter-Spring 1970, Sanctuary Counteroffensive), Armed Forces Expeditions (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait).

Decorations:  Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (streamer embroidered 17 October 1944 - 4 July 1945), Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation (streamer embroidered Waegwan-Teagu), Chryssoun Aristion Andrias (streamer embroidered Korea), Presidential Unit Citation (streamer embroidered Pleiku Province), Valorous Unit Award (streamer embroidered Fish Hook), Republic of Vietnam Crosses of Gallantry with Palm (streamers embroidered Vietnam 1965 - 1969; Vietnam 1969 - 1970; Vietnam 1970 - 1971), Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal -- First Class (streamer embroidered Vietnam 1969 - 1970).


2nd Cav Div patch

 2nd Cav Div

Worn from:  20 August 1921 - 10 May 1944.

The Norman shield represents chivalry and knightly valor.  The shield is yellow, the Cavalry color.  The stars are taken from the coat of arms of the Second Cavalry, which was formerly a unit of the division.


3rd Cav Div patch

3rd Cav Div


Worn from:  17 February 1928 - 10 July 1940.

< class="style03">The designation of the division is represented by the arabic numeral three and is placed upon a shield of yellow, which identifies the branch as cavalry.

21st Cav Div patch

 21st Cav Div

Worn from:  August 1922 - 10 July 1940 (Unauthorized).

The disk is yellow (the color of cavalry) and placed inside is a purple flower within a black stirrup of an army McClellan saddle.

24th Cav Div patch

24th Cav Div

Worn from:  20 August 1922 - 10 July 1940.

The division was composed of National Guard units from the states of Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Washington, and Wyoming; all are states which took part in the Indian Wars campaigns.  A red and green rosebud, enclosed in a McClellan stirrup, symbolizes the Rosebud Campaign which took place in the geographical area of the division.


61st Cav Div patch

61st Cav Div

Worn from:  18 February 1924 - 10 July 1940.

The insignia's design is of a silhouetted horse's head framed by a inverted spur.  The unit's numerical designation is indicated by the buckle of the spur, drawn to suggest the number sixty-one.

62nd Cav Div patch

62nd Cav Div

Worn from:  31 January 1923 - 10 July 1940.

The territory of this division included Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.  The shield is Confederate gray with a union-blue border.  The saltire cross appeared on the Virginia Confederate flag, the fess upon the coat of arms of Pennsylvania.  The cross (blue), adapted from the coat of arms of Lord Baltimore, appears on the coat of arms of Maryland.  Together, the blue cross and border represent the District of Columbia.

63rd Cav Div patch

 63rd Cav Div

Worn from:  23 April 1925 - 10 July 1940.

The square with the saltire suggests the Southern Cross.  The colors red and yellow are those of Spain and represent the early settlement of much of the region from which the division came -- namely, the southern  states.  Red and yellow are also the colors of the designating flag of a cavalry division.


64th Cav Div patch

64th Cav Div

Worn from:  25 July 1922 - 10 July 1940.

The design of the insignia, based on tradition pioneer symbols, is that of a flint Indian arrowhead, coonskin cap, and cavalry saber upon a shield.


65th Cav Div  patch

 65th Cav Div

Worn from:  19 February 1924 - 10 July 1940.

The knight's jousting lance, an offensive weapon of the mounted warrior, is a reference to the early cavalry.

66th Cav Div patch

66th Cav Div

Worn from:  27 January 1927 - 10 July 1940.

The numerical designation of the Division is represented by the double six-pointed star.

1st Cav Div(Sniper) patch

 1st Cav Div (Sniper)

Worn from:  September 1965 - April 1971 (Unauthorized).

The patch was worn by elements of the unit during the Vietnam conflict.