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American Military Patches, Other Insignia and Decorations of World War Two by Dr. Howard G. Lanham c.2001

Other Cloth Insignia Not Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

Second World War

U.S. Army Grade Insignia of the Second World War

Part One: General Officers

General of the Army
General of the Army

The grade of General of the Army was approved by Act of Congress December 14, 1944. It was chosen to be distinct from the title "General of the Armies" given to John J. Pershing. The first generals to receive the grade were Marshall, Eisenhower, MacArthur and Arnold. The grade was both to honor our senior commanders and to give them equal status to officers of allied and enemy powers who were titled Marshal or Field Marshal.

General Lt. General
General (cap insignia) Lieutenant General (cap insignia)

General Huebner

Major General Huebner (1st Division) wearing two stars on a bar similar to the above insignia.

Major General Brigadier General
Major General (shoulder loop insignia) Brigadier General

It was common practice for generals with a grade higher than brigadier to wear multiple single stars not fixed to a bar. These insignia could be metallic or made of bullion embroidery.

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