United States Army 1st Cavalry

History of "The Patch"

The patch of the 1st Cavalry Division has a history as colorful as its design, reflecting the proud heritage of the United States Cavalry in a timeless manner.

The insignia selected for the First team patch was designed by Colonel and Mrs. Ben Dorsey. The colonel was then commander of the 7th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas. Mrs. Dorsey related that the combination of the golden sunset at Fort Bliss and the traditional colors of the Cavalry; blue and yellow, were a great influence on the background color and the insignia. The choice of the horse's head for the insignia was made by the family after they observed a mounted trooper ride by their home on a beautiful blue-black thoroughbred. Later, to improve visibility, the color scheme was modified replacing the blue for black, the symbolic color of iron and armor.

On a "sunset" yellow triangular Norman Shield with rounded corners 5 1/4 inches in height, a black diagonal stripe extends over the shield from upper left to the lower right. In the upper right, a black horse's head cut off diagonally at the neck, appears within 1/8 inches of an Army Green border. The traditional Cavalry color of yellow and the horse's head is symbolic of the original organizational structure of the Cavalry. The color black is symbolic of iron, alluding to the organizational transition from mounted horses to tanks and heavy armor. The black stripe, in heraldry termed a "Sable Bend", represents a "baldric" (a standard Army issue belt worn over the right shoulder to the opposite hip - sometimes referred to as a "Sam Browne belt") which retains either a scabbard which sheaths the trooper's saber or revolver holster.

During the Vietnam engagements, the yellow background of the patch for Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) was changed to a subdued Olive Drab (OD) green in order to minimize targeting of personnel. The yellow/black patch is retained for Class "A" uniform dress. Otherwise the patch has not changed from the original design and shape.


1st Cavalry Patches

Army Sweatshirt

Army Fatigue Cap

Army Veteran Cap

Desert Camouflage

101st Airborne

US Army Jacket

Desert Camo Pants

Army Officer Ballcap
Army Toy Helicopter
Black Hawk Helicopter
Die cast metal replica with authentic US Army paint scheme and markings. Rotating main and tail rotors. Retractable landing gear. Opening fuselage door. Detailed cockpit and cargo area

Army Training T-Shirt

Army color shoulder bag

Tank Top

Military flags
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United States Marine Corps
Screaming Eagles 101st Army
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Family In Service Flagfamily In Service Flag This standard is displayed by immediate family members of a person serving in the Armed Forces during a period of war. It may be flown as a traditional flag with canvas heading and grommets beneath the US flag on a flagpole although it is more commonly seen as a bannerette hung in a home or in a window.

The flag was designed by Capt. R.L. Queisser and copyrighted in 1917. The copyright has since passed to the US Department. of Defense.

Organizations and businesses may also display the Service Flag if they have members serving in the Armed Forces. The family member who is in the service does not need to be stationed overseas in order for his or her family to display the Service Flag.

Each star indicates one family member serving in the Armed Forces of the United States. If multiple stars are shown, a gold star takes the place of honor nearest the staff The blue star represents one family member serving in the Armed Forces. The blue star is covered or replaced with a gold star to indicate that the family member was killed or died during the war or period of hostilities.