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Posted: 8/30/2010 7:29:31 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/14/2010 9:18:32 AM EDT by kingoftheroad]
I am looking for an artillary unit patch from Korea, the patch had a green leaf on it I believe. My grandpa did basic at Fort Knox if that would matter.

UPDATE: So I finally got the patches sent to him, he was very thankful as he simply could not find them anywhere in his home town.

Now he has asked me to search for a 24th infantry division, 63rd field artillery shoulder pin. Any ideas what this might look like? He can't remember, except for that it was a pin that went on his shoulder. I can not seem to find it either with Google.
Link Posted: 8/31/2010 7:39:27 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/31/2010 7:49:12 AM EDT by dvo]
You can ask around over here:

http://www.koreanwar.org/html/units/623fab.htm

Only thing is...a lot of these old timers don't do much internet...so a reply may take a while. I don't remember a green leaf on any of my Dad's patches, but I have not seen any of them for a number of years either, so may be mistaken. Good luck.

Jeff

Now that i think of it, I think one of his pins may have had a clover leaf on it. Eight Army pin perhaps? Google up a pic of an Eight Army pin and see what you find.
Link Posted: 8/31/2010 7:44:53 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/31/2010 7:49:29 AM EDT by Miles_Urbanus]
Post a pic of it and it will be IDed very quickly.


ETA: I don't think there were separate Artillery brigades in Korea. It is more likely a divisional patch.



Artillery Units in the Korean War

1st Cavalry Div Artillery Headquarters
1st Field Artillery Battalion
1st Field Artillery Observation Battalion
2nd Division Artillery Headquarters
2nd Field Artillery Observation Battalion
2nd Rocket Field Artillery Battery
3rd Divison Artillery Headquarters
5th Field Artillery Group
5th Field Artillery Headquaters
7th Div Artillery Headquarters
8th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
9th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
10th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
11th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
12th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
13th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
15th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
17th Field Artillery Battalion (8")
17th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
24th Division Artillery Headquarters
24th Division Artillery Air Section
25th Division Artillery Headquarters
31st Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
37th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
38th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
39th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
40th Division Artillery Headquarters
45th Division Field Artillery Headquarters
48th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
49th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
52nd Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
57th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
58th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
61st Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
61st Field Artillery Observation Battalion
63rd Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
64th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
69th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
75th Armored Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
77th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
82nd Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
90th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
92nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
92nd Field Artillery Observation Battalion
143rd Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
145th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
147th Field Artillery Battalion
158th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
159th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
160th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
171st Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
176th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Armored)
179th Field Artillery Battalion
180th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
187th Field Artillery Observation Battalion
189th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
196th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
204th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
213th Armored Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
235th Field Artillery Observation Battalion
300th Armored Field Artillery Battalion (105mm Self Propelled)
424th Field Artillery Battalion (8")
503rd Field Artillery Battalion (155mm )
623rd Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
625th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
780th Field Artillery Battalion (8")
936th Armored Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
937th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
953rd Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
955th Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
96th Armored Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
980th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
981st Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
987th Armored Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
987th Field Artillery Battalion (8" Self Propelled)
999th Armored Field Artillery Battalion (155mm)
99th Field Artillery Battalion (105mm)
8219 Artillery Topo Map Service

Artillery, Regimentat Combat Team

555th Field Artillery Bn (105MM) (The Triple Nickel)
674th Field Artillery Bn (105MM) 187th RCT
Link Posted: 8/31/2010 7:52:35 AM EDT
May be a 24th Infantry Division Patch. Green Taro Leaf on a Red circle.
Link Posted: 8/31/2010 7:53:03 AM EDT
My guess is 24th Infantry Division.





Link Posted: 8/31/2010 7:55:45 AM EDT
You (if deceased) or your Granfather can request his DD214 (Discharge papers) here:http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/get-service-records.html
It will take a few months but it will be invaluable in your research as it will list all his awards/medals, duty stations, and units.
Link Posted: 8/31/2010 8:01:38 AM EDT
Meh...my memory is getting bad. My Dad's unit insignia had a cactus on it (green) symbolizing service in the Mexican War. Eighth Army is more of a red X type of look. If your relative was in a unit of the Kentucky National Guard...some unit pins/crests are shown here:

http://kynghistory.ky.gov/KYNG+Symbols/Distinctive+Unit+Insignia.htm?&pageOrder=0&selectedPic=7

OK...so I am not helping much. Sorry. Probably need more information.

Jeff
Link Posted: 8/31/2010 8:06:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/31/2010 8:07:10 AM EDT by Miles_Urbanus]
Originally Posted By dvo:
Meh...my memory is getting bad. My Dad's unit insignia had a cactus on it (green) symbolizing service in the Mexican War. Eighth Army is more of a red X type of look. If your relative was in a unit of the Kentucky National Guard...some unit pins/crests are shown here:

http://kynghistory.ky.gov/KYNG+Symbols/Distinctive+Unit+Insignia.htm?&pageOrder=0&selectedPic=7

OK...so I am not helping much. Sorry. Probably need more information.

Jeff


1/149th Infantry KYARNG has a cactus denoting Mexican war service. It is Distinctive Unit Insignia not a shoulder patch
Link Posted: 8/31/2010 8:15:57 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Miles_Urbanus:
Originally Posted By dvo:
Meh...my memory is getting bad. My Dad's unit insignia had a cactus on it (green) symbolizing service in the Mexican War. Eighth Army is more of a red X type of look. If your relative was in a unit of the Kentucky National Guard...some unit pins/crests are shown here:

http://kynghistory.ky.gov/KYNG+Symbols/Distinctive+Unit+Insignia.htm?&pageOrder=0&selectedPic=7

OK...so I am not helping much. Sorry. Probably need more information.

Jeff


1/149th Infantry KYARNG has a cactus denoting Mexican war service. It is Distinctive Unit Insignia not a shoulder patch


103rd ID patch had a cactus.
Link Posted: 8/31/2010 9:55:09 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Miles_Urbanus:
My guess is 24th Infantry Division.

http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/448/24thidcolor.jpg




I am pretty sure this is the one I am looking for.
Now if only I can find it on a boonie hat to send him.
Link Posted: 8/31/2010 11:14:43 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/31/2010 11:19:10 AM EDT by Miles_Urbanus]
Originally Posted By kingoftheroad:

Originally Posted By Miles_Urbanus:
My guess is 24th Infantry Division.

http://img696.imageshack.us/img696/448/24thidcolor.jpg




I am pretty sure this is the one I am looking for.
Now if only I can find it on a boonie hat to send him.


1. Choose color and buy patch:
ACU
Color
Olive Drab

2. Choose color/pattern and buy boonie hat (you will need to know his hat size):
Woodland

3. Sew it yourself or pay a local dry cleaner to do it for a few bucks.

If you are looking for a more authentic boonie cap that was worn in WWII and Korea you can buy a replica M1941 for $35 from these guys: WWII Impressions
Link Posted: 9/14/2010 9:18:05 AM EDT
So I finally got the patches sent to him, he was very thankful as he simply could not find them anywhere in his home town.

Now he has asked me to search for a 24th infantry division, 63rd field artillery shoulder pin. Any ideas what this might look like? He can't remember, except for that it was a pin that went on his shoulder. I can not seem to find it either with Google.
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