U.S. ARMY 4TH PSYCHOLOGICAL OPERATIONS UNIT CREST

Except for an 11-month hiatus of inactivation between October 1971 and September 1972, the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Psychological Operations Group has been active under the same designation since it was constituted on 7 November 1967 and activated a few weeks later on December 1 in Vietnam. Based at Fort Bragg since 1972, the Group comprises four Psychological Operation (PSYOP) battalions, with three of the battalions assigned to operations in broad geographical regions and the fourth responsible for dissemination of materials created for use by the operational battalions.

Approved on 13 August 1968, the design of the 4th Psychological Operations Group Distinctive Unit Insignia is based around a quatrefoil that symbolizes the number four, which in turn is said to symbolize the “measuring intelligence” in esoteric philosophies; it also is the unit’s numerical designation and the number of major subordinate units in the Group.

The quatrefoil is divided into gray, white, and black areas, which reflect the three types of propaganda—half-truths, truths, and untruths, respectively—employed by PSYOP units. Lightning flashes represent the three primary delivery techniques used to disseminate propaganda, i.e., audio, visual, and interpersonal. A scroll at the bottom of the insignia is in the colors of the flag of the Republic of Vietnam, where the Group took part in eleven campaigns and earned Meritorious Unit Commendation and a Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Honor Medal, First Class. The Latin phrase “VERBUM VINCET” translate as “The Word Will Conquer.”
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