Military Engineer Brigade/Commands Patches History

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Information extracted from the book
"US ARMY PATCHES"
by Barry Jason Stein
Used by permission



7th Engr Bde patch
7th Engr Bde

Worn from:  10 June 1966 - 1991.

The black saltire refers to the military symbol for brigades and the gold castle tower is suggested by the branch insignia of the Corps of Engineers.  The seven scarlet-and-white stripes indicate the unit's numerical designation.

Campaigns:  World War II (New Guinea, Leyte, Luzon), Armed Forces Expeditions (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait).

Decorations:  Meritorious Unit Commendation (streamer embroidered Pacific Theater), Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (streamer embroidered 17 October 1944 - 4 July 1945).

16th Engr Bde patch
16th Engr Bde

Worn from:  18 December 1969 - Current.

The two crossed towers, forming a saltire (a symbol used during the Crusades to reward those who scaled town walls), refer to the combat aspects of the engineers.  The saltire formed by the two crossed towers simulates an "X," the map symbol used for brigades.

Campaigns:  Presidential Unit Citation -- Army (streamer embroidered Bougainville), Philippine Presidential Unit Citation (streamer embroidered 17 October 1944 - 4 July 1945).


18th engr bde patch
18th Engr Bde

Worn from:  4 February 1966 - 1993.

The four corners of the crenellated square refer to service in four campaigns during World War II.  The four sides of the central red square stand for planning, training, construction, and combat support.  The sword symbolizes preparedness in peace and unrelenting fulfillment of engineer missions in time of war.  The white, outer border symbolizes unit integrity.

Campaigns:  World War II (Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe), Vietnam (Defense, Counteroffensive and Phases II/III/IV/ V/VI/VII, Tet and Tet/69 Counteroffensives, Sanctuary Counteroffensive, Summer-Fall 1969, Winter-Spring 1970).

Decorations:  Meritorious Unit Commendations (streamers embroidered European Theater; Vietnam 1967 0 1968; Vietnam 1969 - 1969; Vietnam 1969 - 1970; and Vietnam 1970 - 1971), Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal -- First Class (streamer embroidered Vietnam 1970 - 1971).


20th Engr Bde Abn patch
20th Engr Bde
(Abn)

Worn from:  29 June 1967 - Current.

The castle tower is suggested by the Corps of Engineers branch insignia.  Its base is pointed, in reference to the brigade's combat requirements.  The tower also represents the headquarters of the brigade; the white areas grouped around the tower, simulating carpenter squares, allude to the engineer combat and construction groups which it serves.  The tower and white areas also simulate heavy construction (buildings, compounds, fortifications, bunkers, revetments, runways, roads, etc...); placed on a square they allude to the establishment of bases.  The red border and the red saltire refer to lines of communication.

The 20th EN BDE was redesignated airborne after vietnam and
the patch since has been worn with the Airborne tab.  It's official
designation is 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat) (Airborne Corps). 

Campaigns:  Civil War (Peninsula, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellors- ville, Virginia 1863, Wilderness, Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Petersburg, Appomattox), War with Spain (Santiago), Philippine Insurrection, Mexican Expedition (Mexico 1916 - 1917), World War I (Lorraine 1918), World War II (Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe), Vietnam (Counteroffensive Phases III/IV/V/VI/VII, Tet and Tet/69 Counteroffensives, Summer-Fall 1969, Winter-Spring 1970, Sanctuary Counteroffensive, Consolidation I), Armed Forces Expeditions (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait).

Decorations:  Meritorious Unit Commendations (streamers embroidered Vietnam 1967 - 1968; Vietnam 1968; Vietnam 1968 - 1970; and Vietnam 1970 - 1971), Vietnamese Civil Action Honor Medal -- First Class (streamer embroidered Vietnam 1967 - 1970).

 

30th Engr Bde patch
30th Engr Bde

North Carolina Army National Guard

Worn from:  9 August 1974 - Current.

The tower, together with the construction truss, symbolizes the basic mission of the brigade.  The crossbeams of the truss further simulate the roman number thirty, indicating the numerical designation of the unit.

Campaigns:  World War I (Somme Offivsive, Ypres-Lys, Flanders 1918), World War II (Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe), Korean War (First UN Counteroffensive, CCF Spring Offensive, UN Summer-Fall Offensive, Second Winter, Summer-Fall 1952, Third Winter, Summer 1953), Armed Forces Expeditions (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait).

Decorations:  Presidential Unit Citation -- Army (streamer embroidered Mortain), Meritorious Unit Commendations (streamers embroidered United Kingdom and France; Korea1952 - 1953; and Korea 1953), French Croix de Guerres with Pam (streamers embroidered Mortain, and France), Belgian Fourragere 1940, cited in Belgium; and for action in the Ardennes, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation (streamer embroidered Korea).


 

35th Engr Bde patch
35th Engr Bde

Missouri Army National Guard

Worn from:  19 January 1984 - Current.

The crenelations allude to the functions and mission of the Engineer Corps.  The center device of cross and annulet is adapted from the shoulder-sleeve insignia of the Thirty-fifth Infantry Division.

Campaigns:  World War II (Aleutian Islands).


130th Engr Bde patch
130th Engr Bde

Worn from:  25 September 1969 - Current.

The bar refers to lever, support, fastener, or measuring device as well as other facets of engineering operations.  The embattlements denote the military aspects of the brigade.  In numerology, three is the symbol for completeness.

Campaigns:  World War II (Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe, Asiatic-Pacific Theater).

194th Engr Bde patch
194th Engr Bde

Worn from:  4 February 1974 - Current.

The castle turret alludes to the branch insignia.  The colors (scarlet, white, and blue) and three stars refer to the state flag of Tennessee.  Three stars are also on the Tennessee Army National Guard crest and are used to denote the  unit's allocation.  The saltire and turret symbolize the overall mission of the organization.

411th Engr Bde patch
411th Engr Bde

Worn from:  1967 - 27 December 1973.

The clenched fist alludes to the unit's origins form the 355th Engineer Regiment.  The outline is of a fortress, which suggests the engineer branch device.

Campaigns:  World War II (Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe), Southwest Asia (Defense of Saudi Arabia, Liberation and Defense of Kuwait).

Decorations:  Meritorious Unit Commendation (streamer embroidered European Theater).



411th Engr Bde

Worn from:  27 December 1973 - Current.

The saw-toothed bar at center and the right angles are suggestive of the construction mission of the unit.  The "X" formed by the two right angles re3fers to the military symbol for a brigade.  The unit's numerical designation is indicated, albeit roughly, by the four sides of the square and a roman numeral eleven, formed by the two right angles and the vertical bar at center.

Campaigns:  World War II (Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe), Armed Forces Expeditions (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait).

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