From the collection of the National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks.
disk, U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery Branch Insignia collar
Military issue, U.S. Army enlisted Air Defense Artillery Branch Insignia collar disk. The raised relief design of the insignia features a missile surmounting two crossed cannons (field guns). Crossed cannons (field guns) for Artillery has been in continuous use since 1834, when they were played on regimental colors, knapsacks, and as part of the cap insignia for Artillery officers. On 20 June 1968, Air Defense Artillery was established as a basic branch of the Army and on 1 December 1968, the ADA branch was authorized to retain the former Artillery insignia, crossed field guns with missile. The artifact was left at The Wall along with a military issue, Purple Heart Medal ribbon (VIVE (8071)) by an anonymous donor between June - August 1988. (Source: The Institute of Heraldry- http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil)
MILITARY ISSUE, U.S. ARMY ENLISTED AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY BRANCH INSIGNIA COLLAR DISK, FULL COLOR. THE OBJECT CONSISTS OF A CIRCULARLY SHAPED BRASS DISK UPON THE OBVERSE OBJECT SURFACE OF WHICH THE U.S. ARMY AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY BRANCH INSIGNIA (I.E. A MISSILE SURMOUNTING TWO (2) CROSSED FIELD GUNS) IS EXECUTED IN RAISED RELIEF. THE OBJECT IS AFFIXED TO MILITARY DRESS VIA TWO (2) CLUTCHBACKS AT THE REVERSE OBJECT SURFACE. CROSSED CANNONS (FIELD GUNS) HAS BEEN UTILIZED AS A SYMBOL FOR ARTILLERY AND BEEN IN CONTINUOUS USE SINCE 1834, WHEN THEY WERE PLACED UPON REGIMENTAL COLORS, KNAPSACKS, AND AS A COMPONENT OF THE CAP INSIGNIA FOR ARTILLERY OFFICERS. ON 20 JUNE 1968, AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY WAS ESTABLISHED AS A BASIC BRANCH OF THE U.S. ARMY AND ON 1 DECEMBER 1968, THE ADA BRANCH WAS AUTHORIZED TO RETAIN THE FORMER ARTILLERY INSIGNIA, CROSSED FIELD GUNS WITH MISSILE. ALTHOUGH FIELD ARTILLERY AND AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY ARE SEPARATE BRANCHES, BOTH INHERIT THE TRADITIONS OF THE ARTILLERY BRANCH. (SOURCE: THE INSTITUTE OF HERALDRY- HTTP://WWW.TIOH.HQDA.PENTAGON.MIL) ACCORDING TO VIVE CATALOG NOTES PREPARED BY MRCE COLLECTIONS STAFF, AN NPS RANGER'S NOTE ORIGINALLY DISCOVERED WITH THE OBJECT READ, "6/619". THE OBJECT IS POTENTIALLY ASSOCIATED WITH VIVE (8071).
Item Weight: 4.8g
Item Depth: 2.5cm (Diameter) / 7.9cm (Circumference) / 1.0cm (Thickness)