World War I Sleeve Insignia
Gold, Light Blue & Silver War Service Chevrons
Part 1, U.S. Army
Questions concerning the ‘Overseas Stripes’ as used by the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) and stateside units during WW I seem to arise on the Forum with some regularity. Therefore I scraped together what little information I could, both textual and visual, in the hopes that it may clarify some of the commonly asked questions regarding the gold, light blue and silver chevrons that appear on the lower left sleeve of so many WW I and AEF service coats.
Anyone with the fortitude to read this rather lengthy post in its entirety will notice that I’ve gone “off topic” in respect to AEF shoulder sleeve insignia (SSI). This was done to add a bit of color to the thread and to save me from putting together what would be an impossibly long post on WW I army, corps and division insignia. I plan to continue this practice in other parts of AEF Sleeve Insignia to show as many variations of AEF insignia as possible.
Members will also notice that I’ve lifted numerous photos that were posted elsewhere on the forum by other members to help illustrate this particular post. Because I’ve downloaded so many photos over the years for personal reference, I didn’t note to whom they belonged. As a result of my laziness I’m unable to give credit where credit is due. I apologize for this oversight. But to backtrack and search the forum for hundreds of photographs would have been an impossible task. So please feel free to claim ownership of any of the photographs that I’ve used.
As always, everyone is welcome to post any relevant comments, questions, corrections, theories and hopefully photographs that may improve our knowledge on the subject or otherwise advance or improve the topic.
By the way, this is just the first of several posts on AEF “Sleeve Insignia”. I plan to follow this post with additional threads, more or less in the following order on:
- USMC and Navy War Service Chevrons
- Wound Chevrons
- Honorable Discharge Stripes
- Misc. AEF Sleeve Insignia, i.e. MG, Tank, Trench Mortar, Air Corps, etc.
- Red Cross, YMCA, etc.
- Shoulder Sleeve Insignia (Shoulder Patches)
- Armbands and Brassards
- Women’s Services
As such, I am actively seeking the best possible photographs, and or information regarding anything pertinent to the above subjects. Any member wishing to contribute photos, etc. please contact me via a personal message here on the forum. Also if you can think of something that should be included which I may have overlooked, please drop me a PM.
Thanks for looking … World War I Nerd