Old 12-16-2019, 17:27   #1
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Jungle Expert patch

My Dad earned one and I'm interested in the design of the patch. I've searched a bit with no result. A sailing ship with a red cross? Any ideas?
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Old 12-16-2019, 17:50   #2
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Here they are.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tabs_o...#Jungle_Expert
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Old 12-16-2019, 18:29   #3
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Hey thanks. I know what they are. I know what the course was, the criteria, skills and the schedule. What I am asking is relative to the design of the patch. Why a sailing ship and a red cross?
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Old 12-16-2019, 19:54   #4
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the round part without the tab pictures the Mayflower and was the original patch of Carribean Defense Command, which later became US Army South (SOUTHCOM). Here's a paper on CDC.

https://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/cgi/v...72&context=etd

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"\On a 2 1/2 inch ultramarine blue disc, a white galleon with a red Maltese cross on the sail, riding on white wave lines with a 1/8 inch ultramarine blue border. The overall dimension is 2 3/4 inches in diameter.
--The Institute of Heraldry.
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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 Maltese cross was the insignia of Columbus, the first explorer to land in the Caribbean area.
--The Institute of Heraldry.
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Background: The insignia was originally approved for the Caribbean Defense Command on 3 May 44; redesignated for the United States Army, Caribbean on 2 Feb 48; redesignated for the United States Army Forces Southern Command on 11 Jul 63; and reassigned for the United States Army South on 1 Apr 87
--The Institute of Heraldry.
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Old 12-16-2019, 20:01   #5
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Good stuff. Thanks so much for the S2.
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Earned mine in 1986 with 7th ID(L). We were never allowed to wear them.
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