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American Military Patches, Other Insignia and Decorations of World War Two by Dr. Howard G. Lanham c.2003

Other Insignia Not Shoulder Sleeve Insignia

Second World War

Navy Cap Insignia

Officer's CPO
Officer Chief Petty Officer
Officer's Warrant Officer's CPO
Officer and Chief Warrant Officer Warrant Officer Chief Petty Officer

The officer's cap insignia basic design was adopted in 1869 and redesigned in 1883 with the eagle facing left. In 1941 the design was changed to have the eagle face to the right. Chief warrant officers wore the officers' type hat insignia. The warrant officers' and chief petty officers' insignia were adopted in 1886. These insignia were also worn on the tropical pith helmet.

Female Officer Cook Steward
Officer's Cap Insignia (Navy Nurse Corps) Cook and Steward Cook and Steward

Other cap insignia were worn by naval personnel. Members of the Navy Nurse Corps wore the Naval Nurse Corps Insignia on their headgear until 1944 when they began to wear standard naval cap insignia, as seen in the above photograph. Unlike Navy nurses, other female personnel who were members of the WAVES (Women's Reserve of the U.S. Naval Reserve) wore standard Naval cap insignia from the 1943 date of approval of their first uniform. Cooks and stewards wore the letters U.S.N. on headgear.

Cadet Cadet Insignia
Cadet Cadet Insignia
Cadets, both Aviation Cadets and those of the Naval Academy, wore a fouled anchor device.

John F. Kennedy's Visor Hat
Navy Garrison Cap Insignia
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