Army National Guard Patches History

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Prior to 30 December 1983, the units described below were designated Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment Army National Guard.  Since 30 December 1983, these units have been re-designated Headquarters, State Area Command, Army National Guard.  Under the National Defense Act of 1916, the United States Army was organized into three components; the regular army, the reserves, and the national guard. Information extracted from the book "US ARMY PATCHES"  by Barry Jason Stein



Oregon National Guard Patch

Worn from:  1 February 1950 - 26 September 1990.

The beaver, a native animal depicted on the state's flag as well as the Oregon Army National Guard crest, refers to Oregon's nickname of the "Beaver State."  The dome is from the state's capitol building at Salem, Oregon.

Pennsylvania National Guard Patch

Worn from:  27 March 1950 - Current.

The keystone (a stone at the apex of an arch which, when put in, keys or locks the whole), is adapted from the coat of arms of the state of Pennsylvania and refers to the nickname "Keystone State."

Puerto Rico National Guard Patch 1st Design
Puerto Rico

Worn from:  1950's - 14 September 1967 (Unauthorized).

The design consists of a map of the island of Puerto Rico in green, representing the agricultural base of the island, with the inscription "National Guard" in red letters.  The shield is yellow.  Red and yellow recall the Spanish heritage of the island.

Puerto Rico National Guard Patch 2nd  Design
Puerto Rico

Worn from:  14 September 1967 - Current.

The white (or silver) cross and red ground refer to the fact that the city of San Juan, capital of Puerto Rico and the site of the Head - quarters Puerto Rico National Guard, was one of the first Christian communities established in America (1508) by the Spanish.  The three wavy (blue, white and blue) bars symbolize water, indicating  that Puerto Rico is an island.  The two castle towers allude to the fortress of El Moro, which once protected the harbor, and represents the constant readiness of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard to defend its homeland and combat the forces of aggression.

Tennessee National Guard Patch

Worn from:  12 June 1950 - Current.

The hickory tree refers to Andrew Jackson, who was known as "Old Hickory" because of his toughness as a fighter.  The three white stars which appear on the state flag represent the three grand  divisions or areas of the state;  East Tennessee, Middle Tennessee and West Tennessee.

Tennessee Rec National Guard Patch
Tennessee Rec

Worn from:  1988.

The origin of the design is unknown.

Texas National Guard Patch

Worn from:  23 September 1955 - Current.

The colors, red, blue, and white refer to the flag of the Republic of Texas.  The star and wreath of live oak and olive are from the authorized crest of the Texas National Guard.  The seal of Texas, a star of five points encircled by olive and live oak branches, was adopted by the Republic of Texas in 1839.  Texas or "teysha" in the language of the Caddo, means "hello friend."  The lone star on the state flag, adopted in 1876, connotes the history of Texas as an independent republic fighting alone against great odds for its freedom.

Utah National Guard Patch 1st Design

Worn from:  12 February 1956 - 17 March 1964.

The design is adapted from the state seal of Utah, adopted in 1896.  The beehive with bee is a symbol of industry.  It is also represen - tative of the official nickname of the "Beehive State."

Utah National Guard Patch 2nd Design

Worn from:  17 march 1964 - Current.

The design is adapted from the state seal of Utah, adopted in 1896.  The beehive with bee is a symbol of industry.  It is also representa - tive of the official nickname the "Beehive State."

Vermont National Guard Patch 1st Design

Worn from:  5 March 1952 - 26 July 1976.

he colors red, white, and blue are arranged to form the letter "V," which is representative of the state of Vermont.  The principal elements of the unit are symbolized by the blue for infantry and the red for artillery.  The buck's head is taken from the crest of the Vermont state seal.

Vermont National Guard Patch 2nd Design
2nd Design

Worn from:  26 July 1976 - Current.

The design of an old-style colonial hat is representative of the "Green Mountain Boys" of 1764 who wore a sprig of pine in their hats.