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For other uses, see Insignia (disambiguation).
Lt. Col. Bruce P. Crandall, U.S. Army, receives the Medal of Honor in 2007 for extraordinary heroism in the Vietnam War (1965).
Reform Military Field Rabbi Dr. Aaron Tänzer during World War I, with three visible insignia, the ribbon of the Iron Cross,[1] the brassard of the red cross shows him as non-combatant, the Star of David necklace, his Kippa not visible.

Insignia or insigne pl -nia or -nias (in Latin, insignia is the plural of singular insigne: emblem, symbol, ensign, badge of honor) : a symbol or token of personal power, status or office, or of an official body of government or jurisdiction. An insignia is usually the emblem of a specific or general authority.

Typical examples of insignia are:

Official insignia are often protected by law as to allow their use only by people holding a specific office or staff members acting on behalf of such a person. Misuse, defacement and destruction of such symbols is considered an offense in many countries. [clarification needed]


  1. ^ He also earned the Knight's Cross of the Order of Franz Joseph, among others. Tänzer served at the front, looked after soldiers, organised soup kitchens for the suffering populace and served in military hospitals.