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   This website documents the changes in the U.S. Army's insignia through its history. It begins with the simple methods of distinguishing between soldiers and officers and brings you to the modern methods of identifying grade, branch, and personal service.

  This is an on-going work of research and discovery. Some things you find here cannot be seen anywhere else; in books or online. Please return often and join me in my journey through history. *

(If you want to use graphics, please, at least, ask. There's usually no problem as long as credit is given and I like to keep a record of where they're used.)
Since 1999

In Congress, July 4, 1776, The unanimous Declaration of the united States of America:
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Knight's Helmet

The Origins of Rank Titles

The Declaration of Independence

Text of the Declaration of Independence

Betsy Ross Flag

The Continental Army in the Revolutionary War

The Star Spangled Banner

The U.S. Army in the War of 1812

28 Star U.S. Flag

The U.S. Army in the War with Mexico

  - The Army of the Republic of Texas
  - The Navy and Marine Corps of the Republic of Texas
35 Star U.S. Flag

The U.S. Army in the Civil War

  - The U.S. Marine Corps in the Civil War

  - The U.S. Navy in the Civil War

  - Volunteers from Cassville, Grant County, Wisconsin

2nd CS Flag - The Stainless Banner

The C.S. Army in the Civil War

  - The C.S. Marine Corps in the Civil War

  - The C.S. Navy in the Civil War

38 Star U.S. Flag

The U.S. Army in the Indian Wars

  - Volunteers from Cassville, Iowa County, Michigan Territory

45 Star U.S. Flag

The U.S. Army in the War with Spain

  - U.S. Armed Forces War with Spain - Compared
48 Star U.S. Flag

The U.S. Army in the First World War

  - U.S. Armed Forces WW1 - Compared
48 Star U.S. Flag

The U.S. Army in the Second World War

  - Honor Roll of Normandy

  - U.S. Armed Forces WW2 - Compared

  - U.S. Marine Corps Shoulder/Sleeve Insignia

  - Allied Forces WW2

  - Civilian Defense Insignia

48 Star U.S. Flag

The U.S. Army in the Korean War

- U.S. Armed Forces KW (1953) - Compared

50 Star U.S. Flag

The U.S. Army in the Cold War

50 Star U.S. Flag

The U.S. Army in the Vietnam War

50 Star U.S. Flag

The U.S. Army in the Liberation of Kuwait

50 Star U.S. Flag

The U.S. Army in the Global War on Terrorism

32d AAMDC sleeve patches

Versions of the Shoulder/Sleeve Insignia of the 32d AAMDC
illustrating Full Color, BDU Subdued, Desert Subdued, UCP Subdued, & OCP Subdued.
U.S. Army Flag
U.S. Marine Corps Flag
U.S. Navy Flag
U.S. Air Force Flag
U.S. Coast Guard Ensign

The U.S. Army of Today

- U.S. Marine Corps Today

- U.S. Navy Today

- U.S. Air Force Today

- U.S. Coast Guard Today

- U.S. Armed Forces Today - Compared

- U.S. Army National Guard Commands

Flag of the Civil Air Patrol-USAF Auxilliary
  • U.S. Air Force Auxiliary - Civil Air Patrol
  • U.S. Army Cadet Corps
  • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • U.S. Navy League Cadet Corps / U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps
  • Young Marines
U.S.M.A. Corps of Cadets flag

The Corps of Cadets, U.S. Military Academy

- U.S. Naval Academy

- U.S. Air Force Academy

- U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Senior Army R.O.T.C. flag

The Reserve Officer Training Corps

Purple Heart ribbon

U.S. Army Medals and Awards

Service Ribbons of U.S. Military Decorations, Combat Action, & Unit Awards

Service Ribbons of U.S. Military Service Medals & Ribbon-Only Awards

RVN Military Merit Medal ribbon

Selected Foreign Medals


Historical Changes to U.S. Army Chevrons

Silver or Gold?

Silver Outranks Gold?

50 Star US Flag

United States Flag Etiquette

General's Flag

America's Top Generals

President's Flag

America's Presidents

Swiss Guards Flag

     The Pontifical Swiss Guard

Medal of Honor ribbon

     Just A Common Soldier

Brevet Medal ribbon

     'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Brevet Medal ribbon

     A Different Christmas Poem

Medal of Honor ribbon

     What's a Military Family Worth?

Research Assistance from NARA:
Links supplied by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (Updated 06 Jun 2015).

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Revolutionary War to circa 1917.


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