Military Assistance Patches History

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

USACE Utility Div Patch

USACE Utility Div

Worn from:  1950's.

The castle represents the engineer branch of service.  The inscription is that of the unit's designation.

Mil Fireman Patch

Mil Fireman

Worn from:  1930's.

The letters "MP," normally white and associated with military police, are colored red -- a color associated with fire departments.

Trench Mortor CW Patch

Trench Mortor CW

Worn from:  1930's.

The significance of the design is unknown.


TTC Patch


Worn from:  5 January 1957 - 1967.

Yellow and brick red are the colors of the Transportation Corps.  The transportation branch of service insignia is depicted and symbolizes transportation by air (the winged wheel), rail, and sea.  Tabs indicating areas in which the terminals operated were worn above the patch.  There were twelve different tabs in all.


Arctic Trans Gp Patch

Arctic Trans Gp

Worn from:  1950's.

Approved for local wear only.

The polar bear represents the geographical location of the group.  The Transportation Corps branch of service insignia and the colors brick red and yellow, along with the inscription, indicate the unit's designation.





Worn from:  August 1944 - 16 November 1944.

Approved for local wear only.

The letters "TC" and "MTS" signify "Transportation Corps Motor Transportation Service."  The red ball was an identification marking used on vehicles.

Philippines Abn Det Patch

Philippines Abn Det

Worn from:  Unknown.

The head of a water buffalo symbolizes the Philippine Islands.  Red and gold recall the Spanish heritage of the islands, and the parachute denotes the nature of the unit as airborne.  The inscription is the unit's designation and incorporates a saying which, translated from Tagalog, reads "God's will be done."  In the vernacular, the same phrase also translates as "I don't care."



Worn from:  Unknown.

Approved for local wear only.

The origin and significance of the design is unknown.

Tank Crew 1st AD Patch

 Tank Crew1st AD

Worn from:  1942 - 24 April 1946.

Approved for local wear only.

Yellow and green are colors associated with armor.

OT Aide Patch

OT Aide

Worn from:  1943 - early 1950's.

The design of the insignia depicts a caduceus, the branch device of the Medical Corps.  Red, white, and blue are the national colors.


OT Apprintice Patch

 OT Apprintice

Worn from:  1940's.

The monogram letters "OT" stand for occupational therapy.




Worn from:  1943 - Early 1950's.

The Maltese cross shown in the center of the design was adopted for wear by the Knights Hospitalers (a military-religious order of the hospital of St. John of Jerusalem), a group established in the eleventh century dedicated to caring for pilgrims to the Holy Land.



Worn from: 

1944 (Unauthorized).

The design for the insignia was created in 1944 by Doctor Cornelius B. Philip, a major in the Sanitary Corps. As Doctor Philip explained,"...a suitable and colorful patch could be derived from the classical Typhus 'red cloak' clinical  reference to the flushed diffusion of red rash over the body in advanced cases of the Typhus group..."  The monogram "TC" stands for "Typhus Commission."