Heraldry and Insignia of the California
State Military Forces
Aviation Company, 40th Infantry
Early 1950's/ Large
patch; worn on chest. The Korean characters at the bottom of
the insignia, phonetically in English, "Tay Bay Un"
mean, "The First Class".
This is not the actual embroidered insignia; it is the original
painting from which the insignia were made. Worn in Japan circa
1951-52, then in Korea
Worn from approx. August
53 until the division rotated home in 1954. It was worn on the
left chest of the flight jackets worn by the pilots. The 40th
Infantry Division Aviation Company (Provisional) was the FIRST
Aviation company in the U.S. Army. Previously, throughout the
army, there were only aviation detachments with very small TO
& E's. Actual insignia on left, postwar reproduction on right
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