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Mon Mar 02, 2009 11:06

Hi All,
Just been browsing ePay and wondered whether if the design of the specialty corps of the MD changed during the war. For example the Army Nurse Department - there are variants with a gold 'N', black 'N' and brown 'N' are there any ways to determine which is WW2?

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Mon Mar 02, 2009 18:50

The brown "n" insignia is very early WWII. It was changed in 1943 to the black "N" which is still used today on all dress US Army Uniforms, the gold "N" is modern insignia worn with the Modern Class "B" Uniform. This standard however will be changing as the Army is doing away with all the modern Dress Greens both Class "A" and "B" and returning to the old style dress blue uniform. This will be completed Army wide in October of 2011.
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Mon Mar 02, 2009 20:45

Hi Matt,
Yes, Lisa is quite correct. The brown variants represent those which were used up until 1943 (indeed this is not exclusive to the ANC insignia), when they were replaced with the black enameled variant.
You can read more about the various branch insignia in our Article:
History & Background Information to the US Army Medical Department
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Mon Mar 02, 2009 23:07

Cheers Lisa and Ben - thanks for your interesting replies :D

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ANC "N" Insignia

Tue Mar 03, 2009 09:23

Hi Guys,
Just a few extra tidbits if I may :
1920 > Bronze Latin "N" on gold-colored Caduceus
1920 - 1940 > White Latin "N" gold-colored Caduceus (on White Uniforms)
1926 > Brown Enamel Latin "N" on gold-colored Caduceus
1930 > Red Latin "N" on gold-colored Caduceus (shortlived)
1930 > Black Enamel Latin "N" on gold-colored Caduceus
1941 - 1945 > Brown Enamel Latin "N" on gold-colored Caduceus + Black Enamel Latin "N" still in use
Conclusion : both Brown + Black Enamel Latin "N" were most widely used during WW2 by ANC personnel .
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