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J.L. PETE MORGAN, TED A. THURMAN
AMERICAN MILITARY PATCH GUIDE
(Army - Army Air Force - Marine Corps - Navy - Civil Air Patrol National Guard)

SPECIAL FORCES FLASHES & RECOGNITION BARS (continue)


5th SPECIAL FORCES GROUP, VIETNAM BAR

6th SPECIAL FORCES GROUP BAR

7th SPECIAL FORCES GROUP BAR

8th SPECIAL FORCES GROUP

10th SPECIAL FORCES GROUP BAR

11th SPECIAL FORCES GROUP BAR

12th SPECIAL FORCES GROUP BAR

19th SPECIAL FORCES GROUP BAR

20th SPECIAL FORCES GROUP

20th SPECIAL FORCES GROUP

22nd SPECIAL FORCES AVIATION DETACHMENT

39th SPECIAL FORCES COMPANY

SPECIAL FORCES DETACHMENT, KOREA

SPECIAL FORCES TRAINING GROUP BAR

SPECIAL FORCES COMPANY, THAILAND

1st SPECIAL FORCES ADVISORS, VIETNAM BAR

SPECIAL FORCES WARFARE SCHOOL OVAL

General Outline of Army Organization

XXXXX - Army groups consist of two or more Armies.

XXXX - Armies consist of two or more Corps.

XXX - Corps consist of two or more Divisions.

XX - Divisions consist of two or more Regiments or Brigades.

X - Brigades may be separate units.

III - Regiments consist of two or more Battalions.

II - Battalions consist of two or more Companies.

I - Companies consist of two or more Platoons.

• • • - Platoons consist of two or more Squads.

• • - Squads consist of nine individuals.

UNUSUAL FACTS ABOUT INTERESTING PATCHES

Reasons why some patches are designed the way they are.

Third Army

At the end of WW I, the U.S. Third Army was assigned as "The Watch on the Rhine" in the Army of Occupation in Germany. When a request for a patch design was made, it was decided that they would incorporate the letters "A" and "O" (Army of Occupation) in the design along with the national colors of red, white and blue.

During the American Civil War, Corps in the Union army were indicated by a series of geometric shapes in order to simplify identification in battle. These shapes were usually cut from a piece of flannel and attached to the top of the kepi or to the front of the brimmed hat. The different divisions in the corps were indicated by the shape in different colors - red, white and blue for the First, Second and Third Divisions respectively. Some of these designs have survived to the present day in the forms of the I Corps and XXIV Corps.

XXIV Corps

The Fourth Division uses a rebus as a basis for their design. The four leaves of ivy indicating the division number and the Roman numeral IV, Pronounced "I-V".

The Fifth Division has a red diamond which was originally used as a baggage and vehicle marker during WW I.

The Seventh Division has 2 "7s" - one in the regular position and the other inverted making the familiar hourglass design.

4th Division

The 27th Division uses a pun on the name of its' commander, MG O'Ryan, by making the stars in the patch form the constellation Orion.

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