Military Assistance Patches History

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

Italian POW Patch

 Italian POW

Worn from:  1940's.

The patch was worn on the jacket of Italian prisoners of war.  Interestingly the same acknowledgement of nationality was not bestowed upon the prisoners of war of German or Japanese origin.  This gave tacit approval for separating the Italians from the "real enemy" in the minds of Americans.

Italian POW Cap Patch

 Italian POW Cap

Worn from:  1940's.

The insignia was worn on the hat by Italian prisoners of war.



Worn from:  Unknown.

The five jagged electronic flashes emanating from the orange (signal) center allude to worldwide communications.

Mil Equip Del Team Cambodia Patch

 Mil Equip Del
Team Cambodia

Worn from:  Unknown.

The origin and significance of the design is unknown.

Pando Commando Patch

 Pando Commando
10th Mtn Div

Worn from:  1942 - 1943.

The design of the patch, a panda bear on skis carrying a rifle on its back with a glacier in the background, indicates the cold-weather warfare training undertaken by the Tenth Mountain Division at Fort Hale, New Hampshire.


Invasion Flag WWII

 Invasion Flag WWII

Worn from:  1940's - 1958.

This flag was sewn on the left sleeve, with the blue field facing forward, of the overcoats of the armed forces invasion forces.

Official Photographer Patch

Official Photographer

Worn from:  1940's.

USA Shooting Team Patch 

 USA Shooting Team

Worn from:  1960's - 1970's.

USA DI Patch


Worn from:  Unknown - Current (Subdued color only).

The design is taken from the flag of the United States Army along with the inscription.  With the advent of subdued insignia in 1967, the colors were changed to Olive Drab and black.   The central element of the design is a Roman cuirass, a symbol of strength and defense.  The rattlesnake, and the motto "this we'll defend," signify the army's constant readiness to defend and preserve the United States.  The torch represents the knowledge imparted by the instructor to his soldiers.

 War Corresp Patch

War Corresp

Worn from:  1940's

War Photographer Patch

War Photographer

Worn from:  1940's.


Pistol Team

Worn from:  Unknown

The design incorporates the thirteen stars from the seal of the United States and the flaming sword from the United States Army, Euopre insignia.