Military Assistance Patches History

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

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Worn from:  1950's - 1960's.

An ornate snowflake is symbolic of the area where the center operated.

VA Patch


Worn from:  23 June 1941 - 24 March 1969.

The design depicts a phoenix rising from the flames of war and alludes to the return of the veteran from combat to resume his place as a citizen of the United States of America.  Phoenix is the Greek name for the mythological bird with bred and gold plumage (as described by Herodotus).  The phoenix lived in Arabia and had a 500-year life span.  At the end of 500 years, the bird built its own funeral pyre and was cremated.  Out of the ashes a new phoenix arose.  The cycle was repeated every 500 years.  In medieval Christian writings. the phoenix was used as a symbol of death and resurrection.  The patch was worn by personnel assigned to the Veterans Administration.

USA Rec Svc Patch

USA Rec Svc

Worn from:  July 1920  July 1960.

The lettering indicates the unit's designation.  The shield and the national colors symbolize service in defense of the United States.

USA Community Svc Patch

USA Community Svc

Worn from:  1950's - 1960's.

The origin and significance of the design is unknown.

Air Svc Colade Patch

 Air Svc Colade

Worn from:  1930's.

The origin and significance of the design is unknown.

red white an blue cbi war correspondance patch

CBI War Corresp

Worn from:  Late 1940's.

Approved for local wear only.

The three stars symbolize the China-Burma-India theater; the red, white and blue shield symbolizes the United States.

Air Photographer Patch

Air Photographer

Worn from:  1940's.

The origin of the design is unknown.


Yank Corresp Patch

Yank Corresp

Worn from:  1942 - 1945.

This insignia was worn by correspondents working for Yank, the United States Army weekly magazine.

AFN Army Navy Patch

AFN Army Navy

Worn from:  1940's.

Worn by personnel attached to the radio network during World War II.  The lightning bolts are symbolic of communications.

AFRS Patch


Worn from:   1950's.

The lightning bolt symbolizes communications.  The letters represent the unit's designation.

AFRS Japan Patch

AFRS Japan

Worn from:  1950's - 1960's.

The insignia depicts a map of Japan and a microphone representing radio broadcasting.  The lines going out to the mainland indicate the range of the broadcasts -- as far away as Korea.


AFRS Patch


Worn from:  Unknown.

Lightning bolts emanating from a signal tower symbolize communications.  Orange and white are the colors of the Signal Corps.