Many organizations – governmental, fraternal, and commercial – use patches sewn to uniforms, shirts, or hats to identify their membership. This month the JHS exhibit case in the foyer of the Jamestown Philomenian Library displays a variety of such badges from the collection.

Among the patches on display are U.S. Army insignia from units in which Jamestowners have served as well as Jamestown police, fire, and emergency services patches from across the years.

fire/rescue
police department
police department

Patches from left to right: Patch for the Fire & Rescue. The Fire Department formed a Rescue division in 1967 and the Fire Department and JEMS merged in 2011; Arm patch used on Jamestown Police Department uniforms from 1996 to the present; Arm patch used on Jamestown Police Department dress uniforms prior to 1996

hunters shooters
outlaw vets
fire department

Patches from left to right: Jamestown Hunters and Shooters; Patch for “The Outlaws”, an organization of Jamestown veterans. The badge belonged to Edward Silvia, who served in WWII with the US Army 10th Armored Division and with the Marines in the Korean War; Patch for the Jamestown Volunteer Fire Department 

Visit the library to see the entire exhibit and please consider donating your Jamestown memorabilia to Jamestown Historical Society, contact Sue Maden at suedmaden@gmail.com.