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Posted By: Dave Gaddy on: 05/09/2010 08:05:27 EDT|
Subject: RE: Signal Corps insignia
Best you heard it first from a real former "lightning-grabber," Tom.|
This is the modern, updated branch insignia. Think of the device at top as indicating the Army branch that "wields" the lightning -- controls and uses electricity. (Or think of it as SecWar Stanton's fist, telling Col. Myer to keep his hand off Stanton's USMT!) The post-Civil War branch colors are indicated just below.
US Army Institute of Heraldry provides the official explanation in traditional "coat of arms" language, available online.