U.S. Army South, A-1-311

U.S. Army South, A-1-311

Description/Blazon
On a 2 1/2 inch (6.35 cm) ultramarine blue disc, a white galleon with a red cross on the sail, riding on white wave lines with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) ultramarine blue border. The overall dimension is 2 3/4 inches (6.99 cm) in diameter.
Symbolism
The galleon is symbolic of the Caribbean area. This type of ship is usually associated with the Caribbean area since it predominated during the Spanish regime. The blue background represents the color of the Caribbean Sea. The cross was the insignia of Columbus, the first explorer to land in the Caribbean area.
Background
The insignia was originally approved for the Caribbean Defense Command on 3 May 1944. It was redesignated for the United States Army, Caribbean on 2 February 1948. The insignia was redesignated for the United States Army Forces Southern Command on 11 July 1963. It was reassigned for the United States Army South with the description amended on 1 April 1987. The insignia was amended to correct the description and symbolism on 28 July 2009.
(TIOH Drawing Number A-1-311)
Information & Plaques Courtesy of The Institute of Heraldry!!

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