HERALDRY OF THE 173d

SHOULDER SLEEVE INSIGNIA

173d AIRBORNE BRIGADE

28 MAY 1963                                  THE INSTITUTE OF HERALDRY                                          A-1-310

DESCRIPTION

On a blue silhouetted right cylinder 3 inches in height and 2 inches in width with an over-all within a 1/8 inch white a vertical white wing in flight, the ulna (lower end) extended and hooked around a red bayonet

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SYMBOLISM

The bayonet is used to refer to the brigade and being borne by the wing  alludes to the brigade's airborne status. Red, white and blue are the national colors.

DISTINCTIVE INSIGNIA (BADGE)

173d AIRBORNE BRIGADE

10 AUGUST 1967                           THE INSTITUTE OF HERALDRY                                       AGAH-A

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DESCRIPTION

A sliver color metal and enamel device 1 1/2 inches in height overall consisting of semi-circle divided into three sections each with concave base, the outer two sections silver and the center section red enamel, a vertical sliver unsheathed sword point to base, the hilt resting on the red enamel. section of the semicircle the lower edge of the guard coinciding with the concave base and the ends conjoined with the silver sections the blade between two lightning flashes points to base the points converging toward the point of the two blades the flashes parallel  to and enclosed by two narrow inclined sliver lines starting at the diameter  periphery of the semi-circle and meeting beneath the point of the sword, the area so enclosed of the blue enamel all above a stylized motto scroll, the ends simulating wings and terminating "Sky Soldiers" in blue enamel letters; the areas between the narrow silver lines and motto scroll recesses an d of silver.

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SYMBOLISM

The simulated parachute and stylized wings refer to the airborne mission of the Brigade. The unsheathed sword, point to base (implying from the sky to ground) and the hilt against the red section of the parachute canopy, alludes to the combat assault jump made by the Brigade in February 1967, the first such jump made by any unit in Vietnam indicated by the "V" formed by the two lightning flashes on the V-shaped edged blue area. The single sword also alludes to the Brigade "first" such as first American ground unit in Vietnam,  first in War Zones  C and D and first in the Iron Triangle. The lightning flashes also symbolic of the the Brigades striking power and surprise and rapidity of movement. The numerical designation of the Brigade can be readily simulated by various combinations of the design elements, i.e., the sword indicating one (1), the sum of the two wings, the two lightning flashes and the three sections of the parachute canopy being seven  (7) and the latter by itself also being used for three (3).

Information credited to Ken Gaudet,  uitlander@prodigy.net

 

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