55th Signal Company (Combat Camera)


55th Signal Company Lineage & History

Constituted 26 November 1943 in the Army of the United States as the 55th Signal Repair Company

Activated 20 December 1943 at Camp Cooke, California

Inactivated 19 April 1946 in Hawaii

Allotted 18 October 1950 to the Regular Army and activated in Korea

Inactivated 6 November 1951 in Japan

Redesignated 14 January 1957 as the 55th Signal Company

Activated 8 August 1957 in Korea

Inactivated 25 April 1960 in Korea

Activated 1 July 1965 in Thailand

Inactivated 1 July 1969 in Thailand

Activated 21 February 1975 at Fort Hood, Texas

Inactivated 15 September 1987 at Fort Hood, Texas

Activated 16 November 1993 at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland


World War II

Asiatic-Pacific Theater, Streamer without inscription

Korean War

UN Offensive
CCF Intervention
First UN Counteroffensive

War on Terrorism

Campaigns to be determined



Meritorious Unit Commendation (Army), Streamer embroidered IRAQ 2005

Army Superior Unit Award, Streamer embroidered 1995-1996

Army Superior Unit Award, Streamer embroidered 2008-2009

Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, Streamer embroidered KOREA 1950-1951


Shoulder Sleeve Insignia


The shoulder sleeve insignia was approved effective 16 October 2003.

The Signal colors, white and orange, conjoined by the lightning bolt, represent the tactical and strategic elements of the mission. The sword refers to readiness and unit history, the satellite dish denotes future technological activities of the unit. The globe signifies worldwide capabilities. Golden yellow indicates excellence, black denotes strength and solidarity. 
White symbolizes integrity.


A cloth insignia 3 inches (7.62 cm) in height and 2 inches (5.08 cm) in width consisting of a rectangle with a convex radius top and bottom divided diagonally from top left to bottom right, white above, orange below, separated by a golden yellow lightning flash surmounted by a stylized sword with white blade, black and white handle with boss in the form of an orange terrestrial globe grid lined black and handguard formed from a black satellite dish in profile, the whole edged with a golden yellow border.

Distinctive Unit Insignia


A gold color metal and enamel device 1 3/16 inches (3.02 cm) in height overall consisting of a sword pointed up with gold hilt and white blade between two orange lightning flashes originating at the sword's pommel and terminating on either side of its point; all entwined by an S-shaped gold scroll with that portion extending from upper left to lower right bearing the inscription "EDGE OF THE SWORD" in black letters. 

White and orange are the colors of the Signal Corps. The flashes flanking the sword represent the Signal function in support of the military mission. The motto is indicative of the spirit of the organization.

The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 21st Signal Group on 19 August 1968. It was redesignated effective 16 October 2003, with description updated, for the 21st Signal Brigade.
Beret Flash


On an orange shield-shaped embroidered item with a semi-circular base edged with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) white border; 2 1/4 inches (5.72 cm) in height by 1 7/8 inches (4.76 cm) in width overall,
a light blue demi-globe grid lined white, issuant from base. The beret flash was approved on 27 May 1994.

Background Trimming


On an orange oval-shaped embroidered item with a 1/8 inch (.32 cm) white border; 1 3/8 inches (3.49 cm) in height and 2 1/4 inches (5.72 cm) in width overall, a light blue demi-globe grid lined white, issuant from base. 
The background trimming was approved on 27 May 1994.