35th Division Insignia: Authorized Color Combinations
When the division’s basic training, which took place at Camp Doniphan, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, was nearing completion, General Orders No. 25, issued on March 27, 1918 by Division Headquarters (HQ), spelled out the twenty-four official color combinations and described how the colors were to be dispersed within each organization’s color-coded outer-ring. Those colors are as follows:
- A symbol has been adopted for the 35th Division and will be placed on all property, both freight and baggage, before shipment.
- The Division Quartermaster will furnish each unit with stencils for placing same. Necessary paint will be furnished by the Camp Quartermaster.
- The symbol is round, divided into four quarters by a “Santa Fe” cross and is circumscribed by a circle. The following colors will be used in the quarters and circles to designate the organization to which the property belongs:
Division Headquarters 4/4 blue Circle blue
Headquarters Troop 3/4 blue, 1/4 yellow “ blue
69th Infantry Brig. Hq. 4/4 yellow, “ yellow
137th Reg. Inf. 3/4 yellow, 1/4 blue “ yellow
138th Reg. Inf. 2/4 yellow, 2/4 blue “ yellow
70th Inf. Brig. Hq. 4/4 black “ black
139th Reg. Inf. 3/4 black, 1/4 yellow “ black
140th Reg. Inf. 2/4 black, 2/4 yellow “ black
110th Engrs. Reg. 4/4 white “ white
110th Engrs. Train 3/4 white,1/4 red “ white
110th Field Sign. Bn. 4/4 green “ green
60th F.A. Brig. Hq. 4/4 red “ red
128th Reg. F.A. 3/4 red, 1/4 blue “ red
129th Reg. F.A. 3/4 red, 1/4 yellow “ red
130th Reg. F.A. 3/4 red 1/4 white “ red
110th Hq. Trn. & M.P. 4/4 maroon “ green
110th San. Train 3/4 maroon, 1/4 green “ green
110th Sup. Train 3/4 maroon, 1/4 yellow “ green
110th Ammunition Train 3/4 maroon, 1/4 white “ green
128th Mach. Gun Bn. 3/4 blue, 1/4 green “ blue
129th Mach. Gun Bn. 2/4 red, 2/4 yellow, “ yellow
130th Mach. Gun Bn. 2/4 black, 2/4 yellow, “ black
110th Trench Mortar Bn. 3/4 red, 1/4 green “ red
Bakery Co. No. 317 1/4 red, 1/4 white “ blue
1/4 blue, 1/4 green
By command of Major General Wright
35th Division Insignia: Outer-Ring Colors
To further identify the insignia of each major organization within the 35th Division, each was assigned an outer-ring color of its own. The insignia worn by each smaller unit within that organization also featured the same color outer-ring. Thus, the insignia of the 35th Division were to some extent, color-coded by the following six outer-ring colors:
- Blue – Division HQ
- Green – Division Trains & Field Signals Battalion
- White – Engineer Regiment & Train
- Yellow – 69th Infantry Brigade
- Black – 70th Infantry Brigade
- Red – 60th Field Artillery Brigade
Therefore, if an unidentified or unauthorized inner quadrant color combination is found, in theory, it can be partially identified as belonging to one of the above organizations based on its outer-ring color. It should also be mentioned that at the time of posting, two additional outer-ring colors (purple & buff) may have also been used by the 35th Division*. At present, the two new outer-ring have not been positively identified.
*For more information on the insignia bearing purple and buff outer-rings, please refer to photos number 119 through 123.
Photo No. 45: Clockwise from upper left, examples of the six prescribed outer-ring colors as used on the following insignia – Division HQ (blue), 110th Ammunition Train (green), 110th Engineer Regiment (white), 138th Infantry Regiment (yellow), 79th Infantry Brigade HQ (Black), and 130th FA Regiment (red).
Top left, top center & bottom center photos courtesy of Griffin Militaria.com
Bottom left & right photos courtesy of Advance Guard Militaria.com
Edited by world war I nerd, 27 April 2017 - 11:17 PM.