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US ARMY JAPAN
(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia (SSI). Description: On a medium blue disk within a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) red border with a 1/32 inch (.08 cm) white piping an inner edge, 2 inches (5.08 cm) in diameter overall, a representation of Fujiyama in light blue and white.
Distinctive Unit Insignia (DUI). Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in height overall consisting of an octagon with two opposite angles vertical containing a stylized representation of Mount Fujiyama in light blue with a white peak silhouetted against a red demi-sun on a blue background all enclosed by a circular gold scroll of five segments, bearing in the upper three segments the words "OMNIA FIERI POTEST" in blue letters.
The SSI shows Mount Fuji, a main landmark of Japan. Thus indicating the location of operations. The DUI symbolism is as follows The unit's location in Japan is symbolized by the representation of Mount Fujiyama, a world famous symbol of that country. The octagon denotes the eight directions of the compass and is symbolic of peace and security.
The shoulder sleeve insignia was originally approved for the Army Forces, Far East Command on 5 September 1952. It was amended to change the name to United States Army Forces, Far East on 25 February 1953. The insignia was rescinded effective 1 July 1957. The shoulder sleeve insignia was reinstated and redesignated for the United States Army, Japan on 3 April 1959. The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 13 February 1975.
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Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.