Military Infantry Division Patches

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

Divisions either organized before or during World War I did not use the designation "infantry."  The re-designation of these divisions as infantry came sometime after World War I when the divisions' structure was reorganized to include specialists in a wide variety of functions.  A standard infantry division of the World War II era, for example, was designed for open warfare and, consequently, a pool of motor transport and artillery were assigned to them.  It was this combined-arms formation that gained permanent status.  Specialized combat or logistical support was provided by corps and army-level units.  Beside the infantry division, motorized and airborne divisions were formed as well as a light (truck) division, a light (jungle) division, and a mountain division.  The airborne division was initially a miniature version of the infantry division with the addition of a small antiaircraft battalion, one parachute, and two glider regiments.

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101st  Inf  Div patch 2
101st Inf Div

Worn from: 23 May 1923 - 15 August 1942.

101st Airborne Inf  Div patch

101st ABN Div

Worn from:  15 August 1942  (With tab 28 August 1942) - Current.

The 101st Division was organized in November 1918 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi.  The design was approved in 1923, and the tab "Airborne" was added in 1942.  The design is based on one of the Civil War symbols of the state of Wisconsin, this state being the territory of the original 191st Division after World War I.  The black shield recalls the old Iron Brigade, one of whose regiments possessed Old Abe, the famous war eagle.  The story goes that a Chippewa, Chief  Sky, captured an eaglet on the Flambeau River in Wisconsin in 1861 and sold him for a bushel of corn.  A subsequent purchaser gave the eaglet to the Eau Claire Eagles (Company C of the Eighth Wisconsin Regiment).  A sergeant carried him into battle, perched on a shield between the national colors and the regimental colors.  Old Abe flew to the end of his tether and screamed while the guns roared, and the brigade shouted in response.  Thus the eagle went through thirty-six battles.  He was wounded in the assault on Vicksburg and again in the Battle of Corinth.  During this latter engagement, the Confederate General Sterling Price is said to have offered a reward for the bird's capture or death.

Current location:  Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

Campaigns:  World War II (Normandy, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe), Vietnam (Defense, Counteroffensive and Phases II/III/IV/V/VI/VII, Tet and Tet/69 Counteroffensives, Summer-Fall 1969, Winter-Spring 1970, Sanctuary Counteroffensive, Consolidation I and II), Armed Forces Expeditions (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait).

Decorations:  Presidential Unit Citation -- Army (streamers embroidered Normandy , and Bastogne), French Croix de Guerre with Palm -- World War II (streamer embroidered Normandy), Belgian Croix de Guerre 1940 with Palm (streamer embroidered Bastogne), Belgian Fourragere 1940, cited in the Order of the Day of the Belgian Army for action in France and Belgium, Netherlands Orange Lanyard, Republic of Vietnam Crosses of Gallantry with Palm (streamers embroidered Vietnam 1968 - 1969, and Vietnam 1971), Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal -- First Class (streamer embroidered Vietnam 1968 - 1970).


101st Abn Inf Div patch 2
101st Abn Div2

The design is basically that of the original, except that this one is embroidered on velvet material.  Worn in Vietnam fromm 1967 to 1972.  The significance of the velvet material, if any, is unknown.

102nd  ARCOM patch
102nd ARCOM

Worn from:  19 June 1922 - 31 December 1965.

Re-designated:  102nd Army Reserve Command.  Worn from:  23 August 1974 - Current.

The letters "O" and "Z" above the arc represent the Ozark mountain area where the 102nd Division (the unit's former designation) was first organized.  "O" + "Z" + the arc = "Ozark."

Campaigns:  World War II (Rhineland, Central Europe).

103rd Inf Div patch
103rd Inf Div

Worn from:  15 November 1942 - 20 September 1945.

Re-designated:  103rd Support Brigade.  Worn from:  28 January 1967 - 17 March 1978.

Re-designated:  103rd Support Command.  Worn from:  17 March 1978 - 1994.

The 103rd Infantry Division was designed with ten color variations to denote branch of service.  They were worn from 14 September 1922 to 15 November 1942.

Campaigns:  World War II (Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe).

104th Tan Div patch
104th Tng Div

Worn from:  22 July 1924 - 10 July 1959.

Re-designated:  104th Training Division.  Worn from:  10 June 1959 - Current.

The timber-wolf represents the heartiness and vigor of life in the western states, tenacity in pursuit of mission accomplishment, and unity of purpose associated with familial behavior.

Campaigns:  World War II (Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe).

106th Inf Div patch
106th Inf Div

Worn from:  18 January 1943 - 2 October 1945 ; 1 May 1948 - 12 October 1950.

Activated in March 1943 at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.  Blue is the color for infantry, while the red represents artillery support.  The lion's face represents strength and power.

Campaigns:  World War II (Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe).

108th Inf Div patch
108th Inf Div

Date approved:  13 May 1944.

On a red oval bordered with yellow sits a yellow mace that represents crushing power.

108 Div Tng patch
108th Div Tng

Worn from:  15 July 1946 - 30 April 1959.

Re-designated:  108th Division Training.  Worn from:  30 April 1959 - Current (Without tab).

The griffin symbolizes striking power from the air and strength on the ground.

119th Inf Div patch
119th Inf Div

Date approved:  3 August  1944.

On a black disk, red flames with yellow outline are symbolic of ability, tenacity, and courage to defeat any enemy.

130th Inf Div patch
130th Inf Div

Date approved:  3 August 1944.

The background is in infantry blue, and the design, a white-winged serpent, represents swift striking power.


135th Abn Div patch
135th Abn Div


Date approved:  3 August 1944.

A black spider on a yellow disk represents deadly airborne striking power.

141st Inf Div patch

 141st Inf Div

Date approved:  3 August 1944.

The blue disk represents infantry.  The white thistle represents the ability to ward off attackers and to inflict punishment.

157th Inf Div patch
157th Inf Div

Date approved:  7 August 1944.

On an infantry blue disk, a lion suggests the courage of the unit and its ability to destroy its enemy.