Army 1950

Hard to find insignia worn by a small group of U.S. and French personnel between February 1955 to April 1956

RFU HBT metal button Fatigue Shirt, Used…..(

Reactivated in Germany in December 1954; served until 1971

Rank for Helmet Liner with screwback, 1 5/16 wide, made by William Schridde Co. Chicago, IL, quire

I believe the Armys Institute of Healdry started assigning the letter/number codes(i.e., M22) circa 1954

Other documents state this code system started in the 1960s

with Letter Code of 22 M, only 1 x Sterling clutchback(other one is chrome), quire

3508DE – pair of Green Felt Leadership Loops, slides on the epaulets; then the DI(Unit Crest) is mounted on them, 1950s, quire

4th AD with AG-44 OG, cut-edge, border, was hand-sewn to an AG-44 Class A coat, quire

Activated on 15 April 1941; moved to England and arrived on the Continent July 11, 1944; fought at Bastogne; ended the War in Czechoslovakia

Pulled some Occupation Duty; Returned to CONUS leaving many of its units to work for the Constabulary Command and qas DeActivated

Reactivated multiple times during the Cold War; was in Bamberg Germany circa late-1960s, ReFlagged as the 1st AD in 1971 and Deactivated

( stored in site-done box )

C company, 33rd Tank Battalion, 3rd Armored Division

formerly listed as UI89 on the UI/Mystery page, Strike Recoil Strike, European made, Used……..(

(it went to a good-home, the man that designed it but left the unit before the pin was made-email on 100304)

40th Tank Battalion & 109th Support Battalion DIs

Keychain with white enamel backing reads on reverse: PARTICIPATION AWARD 40TH TANK BN GERMANY

40th Tank BN DIs look German made(no markings) and from the late-1940s to the late-1950s (3rd 40th TB DI has 1 post missing)

109th DIs(double-shield N.S. Meyers) and plastic Ribbon bar are from the 1960s-1970s

63rd Tank Battalion – 1st Infantry Division

63rd TK BN, former owner IDd it on the reverse, quire

Following World War II, the 745th Tank Battalion was inactivated on 27 October 1945 at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. Three years later, on 14 September 1948, the Battalion was redesignated as the 63rd Heavy Tank battalion and activated in Germany as an element of the 1st Infantry Division. Company A, 745th Tank Battalion became Company A, 63rd Heavy Tank Battalion.

The unit was reorganized and redesignated on 10 October 1950 as the 63rd Tank Battalion. The Battalion served in West Germany until 1955, when it, along with the 1st Infantry Division, moved to Fort Riley, Kansas as part of Operation Gyroscope. The Battalion was inactivated at Fort Riley on 15 February 1957 and relieved from assignment to the 1st Infantry Division.

As part of ROAD (Reorganzied Objective Army Divisions), the Battalion was reorganized and redesignated on 25 January 1963 as the 63d Armor, a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System. Company A was reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 63rd Armor. The 1st Battalion was then assigned to the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. The unit was reorganized and redesignated on 20 January 1964 as the 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor.

When the 1st Infantry Division deployed to Vietnam in 1965, the Battalion remained at Fort Riley. In 1969 it was posted to Fort Knox, Kentucky, returning to Fort Riley, Kansas in 1970, when the 1st Division came back from Vietnam. The Battalion was inactivated on 16 August 1987 and relieved from assignment to the 1st Infantry Division.

The unit was activated on 16 September 1987 at Fort Irwin, California and assigned 16 October 1991 to the 177th Armored Brigade. The 63rd Armor Regiment was reorganized under the US Army Regimental System with its home base at Fort Irwin, California. It was inactivated on 15 October 1994 at Fort Irwin, California, and relieved from assignment to the 177th Armored Brigade.

The unit was assigned on 16 February 1996 to the 1st Infantry Division and activated in Germany. The 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment continued to train in Germany, eventually becoming the 1st Infantry Divisions immediate ready task force (IRTF).

In February 2003, the IRTF was attached to the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Seperate) and became the first airborne-inserted armor Battalion, called to support the northern operation into Iraq to provide a credible threat to the Iraqi forces. The remainder of the Battalion flew in later in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II, returning home in February of 2004.

Upon returning to Germany, the 1-63rd Armor again cased their colors to support the troop drawdown in Germany. On 16 March 2008, the colors were brought back to Fort Riley, Kansas. The 2-70th Combined Arms Battalion was reflagged as the 1-63rd Armor. The 1-63rd Combined Arms Battalion was slated to deploy sometime in late 2008.

92nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion

After serving in WWII with the 2nd Armored Division (Hell on Wheels) the Battalion was stationed at Camp/Fort Hood.

On 12 August 1950, the 92nd AFA Bn left San Francisco for Korea; understrength the BN was sugmented with 200 ROK soldiers.

The 92nd was attached to the 7th ID which was to

follow the Marines on the Inchon Invasion.

The Red Devil Bn landed at Inchon on September 20th 1950.

Five days later, at Suwon airfield, Baker Battery fired the battalions first round in Korea.

The 92nd, which was never in reserve in Korea, was to see over a thousand days of combat in the months ahead.

On October 10th , after the battalions mission of aiding in the success of the Inchon landing was over,

the Red Devils marched 310 miles to Pusan for necessary repairs.

On November 5, 1950, the battalion took part in a second invasion, this time at Iwon on the East coast of Korea, north of the Hungham beachhead. The purpose of this landing was to close the vise on the communist North Korean forces.

Soon the Red Devils were given an important mission to perform. U.S. Marine and Army units were trapped by a new enemy, Divisions of Chinese Regulars, at the Chosin Reservoir. The 92nd AFA was to help hold the area open until the surrounded forces were withdrawn and had totally disengaged. The Red Devils performance was a major factor in saving these forces.

In January 1951, the 92nd and other U.N. units had ceased to be a withdrawing force and begun a new initiative in pushing northward. By March, the Red Devils were well seasoned in the realities of combat and the loss of fellow soldiers. The unit was confident and better prepared for the arduous tasks that awaited them. Readiness and combat preparedness of the battalion was proven on the morning of April 24, 1951 when A and C Batteries were attacked by a company size element of Chinese Regulars. The attacking forces were provided with heavy support consisting of mortar and automatic weapons fire. Enemy machine guns were destroyed by direct fire from the Howitzers and fire laid down by the 92nds automatic weapons mowed the communists down as they made human wave attacks. On that fateful day the Red Devil battalion lost only four men killed and eleven wounded while the communist losses were set at 175-200 killed or wounded.

Removed from a Veterans patch Grouping sewn-on a small, 1940s-1950s era, piece of cloth – pinback DIs were also attached

6210th RTC, large U. S. made patch, scrapbook residue on back, border & blue tab have some rub areas, quire

3508BD – CO of TF Funston Plaques and Door Signs

U. S. National shield patch worn by Local Nationals working for the U. S. Army in Germany

A U. S. shield left SSI was reported being worn in Spring of 1960 in Frankfurt, Germany on an old IKE Jacket

at an Army Mess Hall by a Polish National. He was, reportedly, a guard on Army Warehouses.

The reason given for a Pole to be gurading a U.S. facility in Germany was…..he doesnt like Germans.

2nd Design Insignia worn January 1953 – March 1954

Depicts a wooden A-frame pack used by Koreans & the rough Korean landscape

Japan made Bullion on wool/felt, RFU, quire

Japan Logistic Command, Bullion patch made in Japan

Large ( 1 13/16) Japan made 1st CAV Mule style horse head, quire

1st CAVDIV, early-Japan Occupation era

When the 4th ID switched from the Olive Green background SSIs to the off-White patch is unknown

when the switch to the AG-344 Class A Uniform occurred

( Anyone knowing the date change-over let me know and I will post it )

4th Infantry Division, off-White patches

( Large patch with White Border is shown in William Kellers book U.S. Army Shoulder Patches 1st – 40th Divisions, page 80.

Depicted with an inverted V HONOR GUARD overtab and era given as Post WW2 )

Activated and fought in WWI for 103 days; received the motto RED DEVILS by Germans in the Saint Mihiel campaign; deactivated at end of WWI

The 5th Division was Reactivated October 16, 1939 at Fort McClellan, Alabama

Probably Relocated to Iceland (date unknown)

Moved to England in August 1943; later to Northern Ireland; Landed at Normandy July 9, 1944

5th ID served in: XII & XX Corps and Third Army from August 3, 1944 to May 7, 1945; Inactivated September 20, 1946 at Camp Campbell Kentucky

Activated and DeActivated more than once in the 1950s and 1960s; date it was Redesignated a Mechanized Infantry Division is unknown

1st BDE, 5th ID(MECH) served in the RVN from early-1968 to July 1971

1st Brigade stood-down at Fort Carson after return from Vietnam

Reactivated again and stood down on November 24, 1992

7th Infantry Division Order of the Bayonet

Many years ago a Veteran told me he was issued this Badge 2 times, once when he went on R&R to Japan and when he returned to Fort Lewis for discharge.

The Army issued him a new Dress Uniform on both occasions that was fully badged for his Division.

He still had his paperwork for the issuance of the Order of the Bayonet so there is no reason to doubt his recollections.

7th Infantry Division U/7 BAYONET DIVISION KOREA

17th IR/7th ID, Japan made, mans name was ADOULF, the White Buffalo on a Blue Field is part of the Regiments Distinctive Insignia(DI), quire

Large 6 (vertical) German made patch, looks late-1950s, UnUsed……(

24th ID ReActivated July 1, 1958 at Augsburg, West Germany replacing the 11th ABD

6954H – 86th Mountain Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division

UI389 – REGULAR ARMY Arc, One ID is a picture showing 45th Infantry Division Troops in the 1950s wearing this Arc…it was worn to denote the Regular Army personnel from the National Guard soldiers….they were called up for duty in Korea so it might have been during this era?

Anyone have pictures showing the Arc being worn and also see the ID of the Unit?

Or, anyone have verbal information/documents explaining who wore this Arc?

62nd MP Co (HP), outstanding condition, it was dry-cleaned before it was correctly-folded and stored for 55 years, quire

Bullion thread emblem is 2 5/8(Horizontal) x 2 3/4(vertical)

yellow felt is 4 1/4(H) x 4 3/4(V)

Excellent German workmanship in Bullion thread, UnCut/UnUsed quire

partial History of the 62nd Military Police Company (Highway Patrol)

Company Headquarters was in Heidelberg with Detachments throughout Occupied Germany

Constituted November 30, 1943; Activated December 1, 1943 during North African Campaign

Reorganized/Redesignated June 20, 1948 as 62nd MP Service Compa

Reorganized/Redesignated September 20, 1951 as 62nd MP Highway Patrol Company

signated September 20, 1954 as 62nd MP Company (Highway Patrol); Inactivated September 20, 1958 in Germany

Redesignated/Activated March 25, 1964 on Okinawa as 62nd Military Police Company(Service); Inactivated June 30, 1974

The ASMIC book shows the 40th AAA BDE patch in the upright (elongated diamond) and laying on its side as this PFCs shirt was sewn.

Khaki shirt pattern 1946, dated 1950, patch sewn with the Nike missile laying to the left, quire

40th AAA Patch & PFC Stripe from same GI as above

Elongated patch was also sewn-on with the Nike missile laying to the left, RFU Khaki Shirt dated 1950, quire

4472P – 14 x 33, 40th AAA BDE left SSI, old OG on Blue PFC stripes, dated 1950, last-4, Excellent Condition, quire

This insignia was originally approved for the Twenty-ninth Regimental Combat Team(29th RCT) by the Office of the Quarter – master General on 19 May 1954.

Re-designated Seventy-fifth Regimental Combat Team(75th RCT) November 4, 1954.

Insignia Reinstated for the Twenty-ninth Regimental Combat Team(29th RCT) August 8, 1956.

RFU, scrapbook residue on back, quire

partial History (very shaky history on this patch – take it was a Large- LUMP of salt)

The 29th Regiment Combat Team wore it from June 8, 1954 – November 3, 1954; Redesignated 75th RCT November 4, 1954 – November 1, 1956.

On 8 August 1956 the insignia was Reinstated for the 29th RCT.

There are other versions of this history on the Web

293rd Infantry Regiment Pocket Patch

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UI42 – RANGER C 9 M, came from an old-time Military Family, possible Japan made in the 1950s(?).

Looks like an Ice Axe hanging on the left ski; a coiled rope on the right ski; sled leaning on the skis(?).

(A thought on the patch origin: Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment was Inactivated on June 20, 1959

and relieved from assignment to the 2nd Infantry Division while stationed in Alaska. On the same day it was Redesignated HQs & HQs

Company, 3rd Battle Group 9th Infantry Regiment. The M on the mountain could be for Mount McKinley?)

72 – STAR COM FAC CONT, Japan made, probably late-1950s or into the 1960s,

a Signal Corps Novelty Patch as the Duck has Orange color.

Writing may mean: Star Communications Facility Control?

Came with a Signal Corps Bowling patch.

What does SCU expand to? If you know, email

a Medical Unit at Robinson Kaserne, Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany in the 1950s?

UI187 – KAMO type Camouflage Flyers/Tankers/etc. Suit, Conmar Zipper on with relief pull on the bottom, U. S. made small snaps, Very High Quality workmanship, no markings on cloth. Has a collectors tag that read: Cuban Bay of Pigs Issue, the only picfile I have seen of BOP prisoners-they were weating Spot Camo from the KAMO Company. A similar heavywieght camo was used in Vietnam, notice the wide epaulets.

UI322 – Canal Lock and Key patch, Panama Canal Corps of Engineers or ? Could be for Civilian workers? Any ideas?

UI340 – Japan made, Trojan or Athens styled Helmeted Head on green disc, possible Womens Army Corps (WAC) novelty or etc. patch, any ideas?

I am dating this as a 1951 to 1953 Grouping

( items found on a bagged-out shirt in the 1990s )

Ranger was from Buffalo, New York area —– I have his last-4

UnCommon Ranger Grouping, RFU long-sleeved Khaki Shirt shirt (dated 1946), Combat Medics Badge was sewn-on above the Combat Infantrymans Badge, Parachutists Badge was sewn-on to the Pocket-Flap, Blue-on-Yellow Combat Sergeant First Class (SFC) Rank, painted Infantry Blue

backings( = UnCommon) for his PX purchased domed Collar Brass, Grouping in Excellent-Plus Condition, Used…..(

WD Circular dated July 7, 1948 is the initial authorization:

personnel wore Gold background with Blue stripes

personnel wore Blue backgrounds with Gold stripes

The gold was officially called goldenlite.

They went out in Feb 1951 but were worn afterwards, until 1953 or ?

( also on Ranger Patch and Army Gear pages )

2nd Infantry Division, Japan made, used………..(

Very-large (9.5 x 11.5) Backpatch for the 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division for 1957 – 1958……(

AFKN Radio TV, Japan Made by Wellington of Tokyo, probably 1950s, pin clipped so it could be mounted on a plywood block,

came from a very large collection of DIs dispersed in the late 1980s, Used…..(

25th Infantry Division (25th ID), Bullion thread, black cloth backing, UnUsed..(

Bullion 45th ID, made overseas, removed from an Ike Jacket, used……..(

132nd Tank Battalion (132nd TK BN), 32nd Infantry Division, 3.5, UnUsed……..(

RED NOSE TIGERS, Japan made, Korean War Era(?), USAF Air Cargo Delivery?

40th Infantry Division FIREBALL Lozenge style patch

Shown in Kellers US Army patch book, page 238 as being post-WW2, made in Japan

Japan made patch and scroll circa 1952

( Scroll and SSI not found together – depicted together to show how worn )

BALL OF FIRE Scroll, unusual as there is

no yellow border line inside the Red Border, Unused…….(


possible ID is RECON Troop( or Airborne Troop ), 3rd RECON SQDN, 8th CAV, 8th ID…….an Airborne Troop with M-551 Sheridans?

Anyone have any ideas on who wore this German made patch?