6th Cavalry Brigade (United States)
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Shoulder Sleeve Insignia
- A heater-shaped shield 2 5/16 inches (5.87cm) in width and 3 ¼ inches (8.26cm) in height overall with a 1/8 inch (.32cm) black border around a field divided diagonally from upper right to lower left with scarlet above and white below and just below center two crossed yellow sabres with hilts to base
- COMBAT SERVICE IDENTIFICATION BADGE: A silver color metal and enamel device 2 inches (5.08 cm) in height consisting of a design similar to the shoulder sleeve insignia.
- The colors red and white are the old guidon colors of Cavalry units and the crossed sabres are adopted from the former Cavalry branch insignia.
- The insignia was approved 21 Feb 1975
- (TIOH Drawing Number A-1-582)
Distinctive Unit Insignia
- A silver color metal and enamel device 1 5/16 inches (3.33cm) in height overall consisting of a red enameled shield with a silver border bearing a black bucking horse in front of a six-pointed star and surmounting overall a silver pentagon, point up.
- The horse and the six-pointed star, a symbol for guidance and achievement, represent the historical origin and great tradition of the Cavalry.
- The six points of the star further allude to the numerical designation of the Brigade.
- The pentagonal background, a symbol of perfection, also refers to the five campaigns credited the organization for service in France and Germany during World War II.
- The insignia was approved on 21 Feb 1975.
- Hoist: Three Feet.
- Fly: Four Feet.
- Fringe: 2½”
- The flag has two vertical stripes of equal width.
- The shoulder sleeve insignia of the brigade is centered in proper colors, l5 inches high, and is Piped.
- The flag is Fringed.
- c. Organizational colors:
- Organization: Cavalry.
- First Stripe: Yellow.
- Second Stripe: Scarlet.
- Fringe: Yellow.
- Piping: Countercharged of the Stripes.
- Constituted 21 April 1942 in the Army of the United States as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 6th Tank Group.
- Activated 23 April 1942 at Camp Bowie, Texas.
- Moved to Camp Young, California on 6 May 1943 for duty at the Desert Training Center.
- Staged at Camp Shanks, New York for Port Call on 14 December 1943.
- Departed New York Port of Embarkation 8 January 1944.
- Arrived in England on 17 January 1944.
- Reorganized and redesignated 1 February 1944 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 6th Armored Group at Littlehampton, England.
- Assaulted France 6 June 1944.
- Operated as a Line armored group until 16 July 1944, when it began functioning as the VII Corps armored section.
- Entered Belgium 6 September 1944.
- Entered Germany on 13 September 1944.
- Located at Obeturn, Germany on 14 August 1945.
- Arrived Boston Port of Embarkation on 21 October 1945.
- Inactivated 22 October 1945 at Camp Miles Standish, Massachusetts
- Disbanded 2 July 1952
- Reconstituted 21 February 1975 in the Regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 6th Cavalry Brigade, and activated at Fort Hood, Texas
Campaign Participation Credit
- World War II:
- Normandy (with arrowhead);
- Northern France;
- Central Europe