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Topic: Army Heraldry


  Background: The traditional seal used during and since the Revolution was redesignated as the Seal of the Department of the Army by the National Security Act of 1947. The Department of the Army seal is authorized by Section 3011, Title 10, United States Code. The date “MDCCLXXVIII” and the designation “War Office” are indicative of […]

The beginnings of heraldry in the Civil War– Symbols Rally the Spirit

Colonel Ralph R. Burr Army Information Digest – August 1961 A mistake in identification by a general early in the Civil War started the system of shoulder patches that now is common in the U. S. Army. The use of these distinctive unit emblems to identify soldiers as members of organizations with proud traditions all […]

Heraldic Branch O.Q.M.G.

By Arthur E. Dubois The Quartermaster Review — September-October 1954 The heraldic Program of the Department of Defense provides assistance to the Secretaries of Defense, Army, Navy and Air Force, either individually or collectively, in establishing and maintaining a scientific, coordinated plan in the creation and use of symbols to promote morale and esprit de […]

Heraldry, Flag and Insignia Work of the Office of The Quartermaster General

By Arthur Du Bois The Quartermaster Review – May-June 1928 WHETHER it is fancy, vanity, a dream, or conceit, the Army has developed a desire to be bedecked with symbolic figures representative of ideals, achievements, and exploits.  In 1919 the War Department authorized the adoption of coats of arms to appear upon the regimental colors and standards. A […]

The Quartermaster Heraldic Section & The U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry

Heraldic Activity Established Military heraldic symbols have been used in the U.S. military since the American Revolution.  But it was not until 1919 that the heraldry activity was established as a separate function within the Army General Staff.  This was in response to a 17 June 1918 letter to Secretary of War Newton D. Baker […]

Army Heraldry Overview

From 1924 to 1962 the U.S Army Quartermaster Corps was responsible for the research, design and development of distinctive unit insignia, shoulder sleeve insignia (patches), flags, medals, seals, coats of arms and other heraldic items for the Army. In 1960, the Quartermaster Corp’s Institute of Heraldry became the only organization within the U.S. Government devoted […]