Heraldry and Insignia
of the California State Military Forces
Enlisted collar insignia
the December 22, 1917 issue of the California Home Guard News)
Here's the full and official
description of the uniform for members of the California Home
Guard, and is the same as that adopted by the Home Guard Companies
Dark GRAY Montana Peak
Wool Hat with white and green cord.
Service Coat of Dark Gray
cotton material, same pattern as that for enlisted men in the
regular service, with bronze metal State buttons, bronze collar
ornaments. Special design of chevrons for Non-Commissioned Officers.
Service Breeches of same
material as the coat, cut same as the regular service breeches,
with lace fastening at the bottom.
Canvas Puttee Leggings
of Dark Gray, same pattern as those of the regular service. On
the front of the HAT, the number of the company in bronze metal.
All officers wear the
"black and gold" hat cord-no number on the front of
Collar ornaments are of bronze metal, with the addition of the
bronze metal cross rifles.
Shoulder ornaments are as follows: Colonel, three silver metal
diamonds on each shoulder. Lieutenant Colonel, two silver metal
diamonds on each shoulder. Major gilt metal diamond on each shoulder.
Captain, three silver or gilt metal discs; 1st Lieutenant, two
discs, and 2d Lieutenant, one metal disc. All officers wear the
regulation U. S. Army leather puttee. The regulation U. S. Army
saber and Garrison Web belt are also worn. Leather saber knot.
The original colored plate of this uniform as adopted is at the
Headquarters of the First Regiment.
F.F. Cannon, Commander, 1st Regiment, California Home Guard
Cannon was a retired National Guard officer who was the Assistant
Adjutant General of California
the use of Home Guard rank insignia. The letters "CHG"
are worn on the collar in lieu of the Federal "U.S."
or the National Guard "CAL"