FAQs ~ Insignia and Decorations
Q1: Where can I purchase historical insignia or medals?
The Institute of Heraldry does not endorse any distributors or collectors of insignia
or medals. Many reputable dealers can be found by conducting an internet search.
Q2: Where can I find information on insignia and medals?
This website contains a vast amount of information on insignia and medals. Information
is updated on a weekly basis. If you are seeking more specific information, it is
suggested that you conduct an internet search or visit a local library to obtain
books on these subjects.
Q3: Can the Institute of Heraldry help me identify insignia, ribbons and medals?
The Institute of Heraldry has a small staff of research analysts that can assist,
on a very limited basis, with identification of insignia, ribbons and medals. This
function is handled as time permits so there may be a long period before a reply
is received. Inquiries that include a description or photograph can be sent to USARMY Ft Belvoir
HQDA Mailbox TIOH Webmaster. There are also several private organizations
that provide identification services for large collections. Listings of such groups
can be found by conducting an internet search.
Q4: Why is my unit insignia missing from the Institute of Heraldry web site?
The Institute of Heraldry has an ongoing project to digitize insignia. As this project
is worked on “as time permits”, we have made active unit insignia our first priority.
All insignia designs were originally hand drawn. It is a time consuming process
to convert these drawings into accurate computer renderings. As new unit insignia
is added, it is shown under
Recently Added Items.
Q5: Can the Institute of Heraldry provide me with a graphic image of my unit's insignia?
Requests for graphic images can be sent to
USARMY Ft Belvoir HQDA Mailbox TIOH Webmaster. We will attempt to provide
the highest resolution image available in our database, but note that all insignia
are not yet available or in a high resolution/vector format. We provide this service
as a courtesy to active and reserves military organizations only. Please give us
time to retrieve images.
Q6: Who is responsible for awards policy and uniform wear questions?
The Institute of Heraldry is responsible for design of unit insignia, awards, decorations,
badges and flags, but does not determine awards or wear policy. Within the U. S.
Army, the Military Awards Policy Branch, The Adjutant General Directorate, Human
Resources Command has overall responsibility for Army Awards Policy. Their web address
https://www.hrc.army.mil. E-mail address:
For information on uniform wear policy, consult Army Regulation 670-1, Wear and
Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia. Uniform policy website and point of contact
information is located at: http://www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/Uniform/default.asp. E-Mail
Q7: How do I obtain former servicemember's medals?
You should contact the National Archives and Records Administration. Their website