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Special Forces Insignia

The Alamo Scouts Shoulder Sleeve Insignia (SSI) is one of the rarest and most sought after shoulder patches in existence.

The unofficial patch was not authorized by the Institute of Heraldry, but was authorized by General Walter Krueger for wear by members of the Alamo Scouts, non-retained graduates of the Alamo Scouts Training Center, cadre, and camp overhead personnel.

It is authorized for wear on the right sleeve only, indicating war service.

Created as a result of a contest at one of the ASTCs. Only 440 patches were manufactured by N.S. Meyer company in late 1944.

The circular patch features a fully-embroidered blue background with a red outer border and white inner circle. The words Alamo Scouts fashioned in green, log-type script, symbolize the trailblazing nature of the unit and appear in the upper half of the white circle. Sixth Army appears in the lower half. A depiction of the Alamo centered on a blue background refers to the bravery of the Alamo's original defenders, and an Indian head superimposed upon the Alamo represents silent reconnaissance.


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