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Posted: 5/4/2004 10:15:15 AM EST
A couple of friends and I caught Band of Brothers on History channel last night and someone asked what the white spade on the helmets meant. I seem to remember that it designated the particular battalion or regiment the trooper belonged to but I can't remember the details. Can anyone provide a link or fill in the gaps in my memory? Thanks.

E-95
Link Posted: 5/4/2004 10:17:40 AM EST
Designates the regiment. Spades-506th, Clubs 327th, Hearts-502nd. We used them in the late eighties, but not on our helmets. The position of the tic mark indicates battalion. IIRC, 9 oclock was 1st Bn, 12 was 2nd, 3 was 3rd, none was Regiment. Again, IIRC.
Link Posted: 5/4/2004 1:16:45 PM EST

Originally Posted By TimJ:
Designates the regiment. Spades-506th, Clubs 327th, Hearts-502nd. We used them in the late eighties, but not on our helmets. The position of the tic mark indicates battalion. IIRC, 9 oclock was 1st Bn, 12 was 2nd, 3 was 3rd, none was Regiment. Again, IIRC.



You do remember correctly. The 101st was still using the markings when I retired in '99. We had them stenciled on the vehicle windows along with the driver's name. Looks like they have added a few for the latest action.
www.defenselink.mil/news/Oct2003/n10062003_200310066.html
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 1:59:48 PM EST
Thanks for the info guys.

E-95
Link Posted: 5/5/2004 2:31:05 PM EST
Link Posted: 5/6/2004 1:54:15 AM EST
[Last Edit: 5/6/2004 1:54:51 AM EST by sherrick13]
Shameless plug

Baker Company 502nd



Heart with the tic in the 3'oclock position.

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