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V CORPS, US ARMY

History: The V Corps was inactivated in 2013.

Arms of V Corps, US Army

(Shoulder Sleeve Insignia)
Arms of V Corps, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: A pentagon whose points lie on an imaginary circle 2 1/8 inches (5.40cm) in diameter whose edges are white lines 3/16 inch (.48cm) in width and whose radial lines are white 1/8 inch (.32cm) in width. The triangles thus outlined in white are flag blue.

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A silver color metal and enamel insignia 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a blue enamel pentagon with silver outline and five radial lines one to each angle, the lower four separated by three five-pointed silver stars, with the verticle one extending beyond the edge of the pentagon and forming an arrowhead between two silver demi-fleurs-de-lis, issuing obliquely from the upper sides of the pentagon, all above a circumscribed silver scroll from the fleur-de-lis, bearing the inscription "It Will Be Done" in blue enamel letters.


Origin/meaning

The Shoulder Sleeve Insignia alludes to the Number of the Corps. It is in Blue and White Colours used by Corps. Distinctive Unit Insignia: The design is based upon the authorized shoulder sleeve insignia of the organization. The first demi-fleur-de-lis is used to represent France where the unit was activated in 1918, during World War I, and the three stars are used to refer to the Lorraine, St Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne campaigns in which the unit participated during that war. The second fleur-de-lis represents World War II and the five radial lines are used to denote the Central Europe, Ardennes-Alsace, Rhineland and the Northern France campaigns, the one with the arrowhead symbolizing the assault landing in Normandy.

The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 3 December 1918. The distinctive unit insignia was approved on 29 May 1969.


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Literature: Images from Wikimedia commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.