Fort Myer, VA Memories
Featuring South Post c1940-1970
Fort Myer South Post
Fort Belvoir
fort myer headquarters patch
camo headquarters patch

Fort Myer, Virginia, is home to two main companies- The "Old Guard", which is primarily a ceremonial outfit (burials at Arlington Cemetery, etc) and Headquarters Company, for those who have duty in The Pentagon. We are not sure when Headquarters Company was formed, but apparently they never had a unit patch, using only the Military District of Washington (MDW) emblem on the uniform. Perhaps anticipating the arrival of General Westmoreland to MDW and Headquarters Company in 1968, the head officer of the Army Operations Center (War Room) in The Pentagon, Colonel John B. Watkins, asked SP5 Jim Robertson to sketch out a design for a HQ Co shoulder patch during the Spring of 1968. The design featured the US eagle centered in a pentagon shaped border, using red, brown, blue, gold, white and green colors. Robertson, who was on duty in the graphics area with SP5 Dave Hansen, submitted the sketch at the end of the one shift, and a few weeks later Colonel Watkins brought Robertson an embroidered sample which was then accepted as the official Headquarters Company patch from then on. The original patch is to the left, and a  'camo' version (right), not quite as attractive as the original, came later on. Fort Myer Historian, Kim Holien, mentioned seeing a whole file on this recently, but it is currently floating around the post headquarters building- if it is found, we will add more info. Meanwhile, there is a small posting on this on Wikipedia- click on to the following link: .

If anyone out there has any info on the whereabouts of Colonel Watkins, or any other officers/NCOs who were in the AOC/War Room in the late 1960's, please advise.

Jim Robertson

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SP5 Jim Robertson, who designed the Headquarters Company patch, proudly shows off his new 1967 Camaro on South Post Fort Myer. The view is looking northeast, with the post softball field (former marching grounds) behind him, and the Washington Monument can also be seen in the background. Jim did not arrive at Ft. Myer from the map school at Ft. Belvoir with the other graphic-cartographers Dave Hansen, Jerry Frick, Bill Jentz, Dave Truax and Joe DiPasquale in February 1967, but joined them on shift work in April 1967. Jim already had substantial training in graphic arts and bypassed AIT, heading straight from Basic Training to his full tour at Myer/Pentagon. Jim was 23 years of age in this shot taken in '67, and after his stint in the Army had a career as an advertising art director and graphic designer until his retirement a few years ago. He currently lives on a farm in southern West Virginia with his wife (whom he met while in the Army) of 41 years.
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