Nicknamed “Lone Star” because it was formed in Texas through the redesignation of the Texas National Guard’s 36th Infantry Division, the 49th Armored Division was active from February 1947 to 1968, when it was reorganized into three brigades, and again from 1973 until 2004, when it was reflagged as the 36th Infantry Division. The 49th was never deployed for combat, but was inducted in Federal service in response to the Berlin Missile Crisis. It also took part in Iron Dragon, one of the National Guard’s larger armor exercises.

When it comes to unit insignias, Armored Divisions are unique in that the ones that have been authorized a Distinctive Unit Insignia—and these are a mere handful—use the insignia from their Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. What’s more, all Armored Divisions use the same format for their Shoulder Sleeve Insignia: a pyramid divided into red, yellow, and blue areas with a lightning flash, tank tread, and cannon superimposed over it, and often a tab at the bottom with the unit’s nickname. In the case of the 49th Armored Division Distinctive Unit Insignia, or unit crest, it was amended in 1965 to add the “Lone Star” tab at the bottom.

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