Saturday, December 07, 2013

Tangled up tentacles.

Reminiscent of the unit patches found in the book I Could Tell You But Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed By Me: Emblems from the Pentagon's Black World, Bobbi discovered a patch for a recent NRO satellite launch that seems particularly tone-deaf in the post-PATRIOT Act, post-Snowden world.

Conversely, this being December 7th, I wonder what the shoulder patch for Pvt. Lockard of the sooper-seekrit Signal Aircraft Warning Company looked like?
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6 comments:

og said...

I saw that. I thought it was a tour laminate for "the Darkness"

Joel said...

We are the Cthulhu we've been waiting for.

Drang said...

http://thumbs2.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mIxSb9MXU_KiRUFn0hPNm9g.jpg

Jason said...

Hydra!

Actaully, this looks like the kind of thing that was common in various propaganda/editorial cartoons of the past. Like this: http://library.thinkquest.org/12307/propagan.html

Anonymous said...

I'm reminded of a line from "Better Off Dead" regarding tentacles.

Ed said...

http://signal.army.mil/OLD/history/1942_pvt_joseph_lockart_pearl_harbor.html

Less than three years later, radar controlled 90mm AAA guns with proximity fuses were deployed at Dover, England before D-Day to defend London. Those guns were positioned around Antwerp in October 1944 and disabled 90% of V-1 cruise missiles launched against Antwerp and Liege as well as provided anti-armor defense during the Battle of the Bulge:

http://sill-www.army.mil/firesbulletin/2008/jan_feb_2008/Jan_Feb_2008_pages_42_45.pdf

http://www.transchool.lee.army.mil/historian/documents/antwerp.pdf

I have heard that the personnel in those U.S. Army AAA units did not wear any shoulder patches on their fatigues, but were given 9th Army Air Force patches for dress uniform wear when they returned from Europe.