Preserving, Recording, and Sharing the Embroidered History of the U.S. Armed Forces
USMILITARYPATCHES.com is the only Website on the Internet focused exclusively on patches of the armed forces of the United States, including U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and military patches of the Unified Commands directly under the Department of Defense.
Each of the above categories has its own dedicated section containing a GALLERY, where patch images and information may be viewed and comments may be posted—all of which may be accessed freely by any registered user. Registration is FREE.
The galleries on this Website contain thousands of images of patches used by the USAF, US Army, USN, and USMC, as well as those used by the joint organizations that report directly to the Secretary of Defense (OSD, JCS, & Unified Commands). The galleries are organized numerically by unit designations and alphabetically by organization names and are fully searchable. In addition to the galleries, there is also a REFERENCE section containing a patch classification guide and a glossary of patch terms to assist both the beginning and advanced collector.
The goal of this Website is to provide a community where both beginners and advanced patch collectors have an educational resource at their disposal to view and study patches, identify unknowns, and post comments about specific patches. With a number of advanced collectors as members, USMILITARYPATCHES.com is THE source for: Accuracy, Knowledge, Historical Significance, and Expertise.
USMILITARYPATCHES.com is dedicated to preserving the embroidered heraldry of all US military services and the esprit de corps they have built. Heraldry can be defined as a communication system that uses colors and symbols for the purpose of identification. Long ago, to avoid confusing friend from foe, the “coat of arms” was created. This has carried through American military history from the shoulder boards of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, Union Army Corps badges during the Civil War, and emblems of WW-I that were eventually made into cloth or leather patches worn on leather flight jackets and uniforms. Many of the patches worn on the shoulders of American military personal today originated during those early days and are the same designs used long ago. Patches are unique pieces of history that represent the men, women, and organizations of our United States Armed Forces.