49th Armored Division Lone Star, USA

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Coat of arms (crest) of the 49th Armored Division Lone Star, USA

Official blazon

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: An equilateral triangle, one point up, above a horizontal tab attached in base, the overall dimensions of triangle and tab 4 1/16 inches (10.32 cm) in height and 3 7/8 inches (9.84 cm) in width, the triangle divided into three sections, the upper section yellow, the dexter section blue and the sinister section red, overall a gun bendwise in front of a tank track and wheels all black surmounted by a red lightning flash bend sinisterwise. In the apex the Arabic numeral "49" in black, all within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) green border. The attached tab of yellow background, edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) green border, with the inscription "LONE STAR" in black letters 5/16 inch (.79 cm) in height, the two words separated by a yellow star outlined black.

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A gold color metal and enamel insignia 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height consisting of an equilateral triangle one point up, divided into three sections, the upper section yellow, the dexter section blue and sinister section scarlet, a gun bendwise in front of a tank track and wheels, all black and overall a scarlet lightning flash bendsinisterwise, in the apex the Arabic numerals "49" in black; all above a gold scroll inscribed "LONE STAR" in black letters.


Yellow, blue and red are the colors of the branches from which armored units were formed. The tank tread, gun and lightning flash are symbolic of mobility, power and speed. The division's designation is in Arabic numerals.

The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia was approved on 3 June 1948. It was amended to add a tab on 8 December 1965. The insignia was further amended to revise the design to make the insignia and tab in one piece on 1 November 1973. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was approved for noncolor bearing units of the 49th Armored Division, Texas Army National Guard, on 2 July 1984.

Literature: Image from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.

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