Military Army Air Forces Patches

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

South Atlantic USA Forces patch
South Atlantic
USA Forces

Worn from:  14 January 1944 - 31 October 1945.

The insignia design was approved in 1944.  The wave scrolls are representative of the South Atlantic Ocean, and the colors are those of Brazil.  The projection above the wave scrolls is representative of Ascension Island.  The five stars on the field of blue simulate the Southern Cross.

Kagnew Station Asmara Eritrea E. Africa patch
Kagnew  Station A
Eritrea, E. Africa

Worn from:  30 September 1955 - 28 June 1974.

The shape of the insignia was determined by the greater kudu horns.  Both the kudu and the gazelle are native to the area surrounding Kagnew.  The gazelle in particular became a part of the life of the station.

Victory Task Force patch
Task Force

Worn from:  22 June 1942 - 20 February 1947.

This patch was created for personnel assigned to the Army War Show, a fund raiser that used live weapons and ammunition to demonstrate the military might of the United States Army.  The design uses the letter "V" for "Victory" and the Morse code symbol for "V" (dot, dot, dot, dash).  Apparently the color red had no other significance than to attract attention.

HQ Trieste US Troops patch
HQ Trieste
US Troops

Worn from:  Late 1945 - 10 February 1947.

The insignia was adopted by the Trust Command in May 1947 and worn by officers and enlisted men to identify American troops in Trieste, a deep water port city of northeastern Italy.  This command had a mission to uphold the principles of the Free Territory of Trieste in line with policies sent down by the Council of the United Nations.  The occupation of Trieste by elements of the Eighty-eighth Infantry Division is represented by the four-leaf clover, which was adapted from the division's insignia.  The white fleur-de-lys, set upon a red shield, is adapted from the coat of arms of Triest

Aggressor Forces patch
Aggressor Forces

Worn from:  1970's.

During the 1970's the Aggressor Forces within the United States Army were soldiers assigned to aid in training troops.  They were the forerunners of today's opposing forces (OPFOR).  All troops of the Aggressor Forces wore a white circle enclosing a green triangle on the left breast pocket.  It is the emblem of the Circle Trigon Party.  Soldiers assigned to an artillery missile unit wore a white triangle with a green missile superimposed on it.  The aggressor concept emerged after World War II, when the Fifteenth United States Army was directed to prepare analytical studies of operations in the European theater.  One of the resulting recommendations was that the army adopt more realistic means of training.  To meet this requirement, the concept of a fictitious "maneuver enemy," complete with a national background, history, government, military establishment, language, and political philosophy, was adopted.  The concept instills awareness in the United States soldier that any future enemy will differ from ourselves in language, uniform, weapons, military organization, tactics, and ideology.  The Aggressor Center was originally located at Fort Riley, Kansas.


US Forces Dominican Republic patch
US Forces
Dominican Republic

Worn from:  15 January 1966 - 31 August 1966

Authorized in January of 1966 for wear by United States troops serving as members of the Inter-American Peace Force.  FIP is an abbreviation of a Spanish phrase that means "Inter-American Peace Force," and OEA stands for Organization of the American States.  An olive branch, held point upwards, represents the forces' desire for peace.  A map of the western hemisphere indicates the geographical location of the Dominican Republic.  A sword pointing down indicates fighting ability.  From April 1965 to September 1966, the Eighty-second Airborne Division was a participant in this peace force.

U.N.Cmd patch

Worn from:  1947 - 1995.

The design of the insignia is adapted from the emblem of the United Nations, a general international organization established at the end of World War II to promote international peace and security.  The insignia is worn by military personnel of the headquarters of the command located near Seoul, Korea.  For nearly fifty years, the United States has participated in multinational operations under the direction of the United Nations.  In a rare departure from the federal law that prohibits any soldier from accepting any :badge or insignia" from a foreign government without the consent of Congress, the United States has authorized the wear of the familiar blue-and-white patches and light-blue headgear.  In recent times, the wearing of United Nations' accouterments by United States military personnel has sparked a major debate in this country over its legality.

Zone Constabulary
Force 0f ETO

Worn from:  27 March 1946 - 15 December 1952.

Red is for artillery and the lightning suggests firepower.  Blue is the color of infantry and yellow represents cavalry.  The letter "C" represents "constabulary."

Kiska Task Force patch
Kiska Task Force

Worn from:  July 1943 - September 1943.

Approved for local wear only.

The origin of the design is unknown, but the knife, symbolic for covert operations, indicates that the task the Eighty-second Airborne Division was a participant in this peace force.


ACC Hungry patch
ACC Hungry

Worn from: 

20 March 1944 - May 1945.

Re-designated:  Allied Control Council Hungary -- United States Army.  Worn from:  May 1945 - 1949 (Unauthorized).

The shield represents the United States.  "Magyarorszag" is Hungarian for "The Republic of Hungry."  The gold letters in the center are for United States Allied Control Council.

UN Partisan Forces Korea patch
UN Partisan
Forces Korea

Worn from:  8 January 1951 - July 1953.

While no definitive information is available on the meaning of the design, the green hill would represent the guerrilla nature of the forces, and the parachute would have been used for infiltration missions.  The Partisan Forces in Korea were a band of anti-North Korean guerrillas whose homes lay in the enemy's territory but whose historic ties were with Seoul.  Their story appeared in an issue of Army magazine in November 1984 and gives an impressive account of the patriotic spirit of an enslaved people who refuse to accept defeat.

Philippine Ground Forces patch
Ground Forces

Worn from:  1946 - 1948 (Unauthorized).

The design appears to be an embroidered replica of a distinctive insignia.