U.S. ARMY CSIB 77TH SUSTAINMENT BRIGADE

The 77th Sustainment Brigade is the descendent of the 77th Infantry Division, nicknamed the Statue of Liberty Division because of its Unit Patch and CSIB, both featuring the Statue of Liberty in gold in the middle of what the Institute of Heraldry describes as “truncated triangle.” The 77th Infantry Division earned official credit for participation in four World War I campaigns: Oise-Aisne, Meuse-Argonne, Champagne, and Lorraine. (See our page dedicated to the 77th’s Unit Patch for more information on its World War I history.)

During World War II, the division took part in four official campaigns—Western Pacific, Leyte, and Ryukyus, earning streamers for all three with an arrowhead for the Leyte campaign indicating it took part in assault landings. Additionally, it was awarded the Philippine Presidential Unit Citation for its operations during the period from October 17, 1944 to July 4, 1945.

The design of the 77th Sustainment Brigade’s s Combat Service Identification Badge is identical to its Unit Patch, or Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. As with many patches however, it is monochromatic, rather than the gold and blue of the CSIB. The only present feature upon the unit patch is the silhouette of the Statue of Liberty in the New York harbor. This acknowledges the unit’s origin of New York City. The 77th’s nickname of the “Liberty division” also does the same. The unit was originally composed almost entirely of draftees from New York City when America entered WWI. Though the 77th has always possessed a unit patch, it was only on September 18th, 2008 that the symbolism of the Statue of Liberty was added, as a homage to the unit’s home and birthplace in New York City.

The Statue is surrounded by an ordinary on the edges of the insignia. An ordinary is a heraldic symbol that is used to denunciate multiple things, depending on which one is used. Here, the outline is formed by four bars around the edges, stating many of the unit’s characteristics. The top bar is used to show authority, while the vertical bars exemplify military strength and fortitude. The bottom dictates both honor and a Military belt.

Both the unit’s patch and its crest pay homage to the 77th’s origins in New York City, however the unit’s crest uses different symbolism than the CSIB and the patch.
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