Dimesions: 5.5" H x 4" W
This is the official, full sized, Olive Drab and Black, Vietnam-era Subdued 1st Cav shoulder patch.
The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved January 3, 1921 with several variations in colors of the bend and horse's head to reflect the subordinate elements of the division.
Yellow, the traditional cavalry color, and the horse's head refer to the division's original cavalry structure. Black, symbolic of iron, alludes to the transition to tanks and armor. The black diagonal stripe represents a sword baldric and is a mark of military honor; it also implies movement "up the field" and thus symbolizes aggressive elan and attack. The one diagonal bend, as well as the one horse's head, also alludes to the division's numerical designation.
Campaigns: World War II, Korean War, Vietnam, and Gulf War.
Decorations: Philippine Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Chryssoun Aristion Andrias, Presidential Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Award, Republic of Vietnam Crosses of Gallantry with Palm, Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal- First Class.
Our 1st Cavalry Division Subdued Army patch is a regulation embroidered military patch. This is the same patch that is supplied to the U.S. Army, Army National Guard, Army Reserve units, and sold in the Army Post Exchanges. This patch would be a great gift idea and a wonderful addition to your patch collection.