US ARMY GROUPS
 


 

ORGANIZATIONAL FLAGS    COLD WAR ERA
 

Notes
 

The US Army adopted the group as an echelon of command during World War II when regimental identities were abolished in all branches but Infantry. A group headquarters usually controlled two or three separate battalions or a mix of battalions and separate companies. With some exceptions, notably the 207th Infantry Group of the Alaska Army National Guard, Cold War-era groups were oriented to the combat service support branches. The group organization was used in the Military Police branch for command and control of Criminal Investigation Division detachments.

Groups were authorized organizational flags, 3 feet at the hoist by 4 feet on the fly with 2 1/2-inch yellow fringe. They were made of heavyweight rayon banner cloth with numerals applied to appear properly on both sides of the flag. Originally some group flags were diagonally divided, upper hoist to lower fly with the primary branch color over the secondary branch color and the group number countercharged. Later all group flags had a solid-color field with a diagonal stripe running from upper hoist to lower fly. For most group types, the field and numerical designation were in the primary branch color and the diagonal stripe was in the secondary branch color. If the number overlapped the field of the flag it was usually piped in the stripe color. In a few cases, different colors were used for numerals to ensure that the elements of the flag could be clearly distinguished. Units not oriented to a single branch were allotted distinguishing colors, e.g. buff and scarlet for support groups.

Campaign and unit decoration streamers, if authorized, were always displayed with these flags. Organizational flag were always carried or displayed with a National Color of the same material and dimensions, as shown for the 207th Infanty Group.

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207th INFANTRY GROUP

Infantry branch colors are light blue and white but the flag for infantry groups was national flag blue, the same color used for the field of organizational flags of infantry regiments.
The 207th Infantry Group was a unit of the Alaska Army National Guard
 

19th ARTILLERY GROUP

 

46th ARTILLERY GROUP

The flag of the 19th Artillery Group is of the authorized design circa 1960. By the late 1960s the design had been revised as shown for the 46th Artillery Group.
 

315th ENGINEER GROUP

 

15th AVIATION GROUP

 

6th MILITARY POLICE GROUP

 

702nd MILITARY  INTELLIGENCE GROUP

 

8th PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS GROUP

 

301st CIVIL AFFAIRS GROUP

Psychological operations units were allotted jungle green and silver gray as distinguishing colors for flags and insignia.
 

12th SIGNAL GROUP

 

460th CHEMICAL GROUP

 

111th ORDNANCE GROUP

 

164th QUARTERMASTER GROUP

 

6th SUPPORT GROUP

 

2nd TRANSPORTATION GROUP

The Quartermaster branch colors are buff and ultramarine blue, but national flag blue and yellow were used for group flags to make the stripe and numeral easier to distinguish.
Composite support units were allotted buff and scarlet as distinguishing colors for flags and insignia.

 

3rd PERSONNEL GROUP
 

 

220th FINANCE GROUP
 


 

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