U.S. MILITARY MISSION TO MOSCOW, USSR
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Shoulder Sleeve Insignia


Description/Blazon
A wedge shaped background 3 1/2 inches (8.89 cm) in height with rounded top, 3 inches (7.62 cm) in width, the upper part blue bearing the word "America" in Russian characters, the lower part red bearing a white eagle with wings elevated and displayed and on its breast a shield with blue chief and 5 stripes alternating red and white, the whole within a 3/16 inch (.48 cm) white border.

Symbolism
The design is in the colors of the United States. The triangular shape represents the wedge driven by the Allied into Germany and its satellites. The word "America" in Russian characters indicates the alliance between the United States and Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The elevated displayed wings of the eagle indicate alertness and action.

Background
The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved on 6 October 1944.





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