Original WWI U.S. Army Headquarters Company 23rd Infantry Regiment Uniform Insignia Patch – 2nd Division
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Original Item: Only One Available. This is an ultra rare uniform patch insignia from World War One for the Headquarters Company of the 23rd Infantry Regiment, part of the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Brigade. The patch features a black felt circle background that measures about 3 inches across, with a stenciled on white five pointed star with a very nice hand painted Indian Head in the middle. These patches are extremely rare and ones in this high grade very good condition are close to impossible to find on the market.
Almost 100 years after its inception, the 2nd Division’s distinctive star and Indian head insignia is perhaps the most sought after of all of the shoulder patches used by the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF). There are a number of reasons for this … One being the 2nd Division’s unmatched fighting record during the Great War. Another is that it was the only AEF division to be composed of Army, Navy and Marine Corps personnel. Still another is because the shoulder sleeve insignia (SSI) was authorized to be made from six different colors of cloth that were cut into fourteen different shapes, geometric and otherwise.
In this system, the Circle was for the 23rd Infantry, with black meaning the Headquarters company. A nice condition rare patch, ready to add to your collection!