25th Infantry Division
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia
Distinctive Unit Insignia
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia. Description: On a red taro leaf, 2 7/8 inches (7.30cm) in height, and 2 inches (5.08cm) in width at the widest point, with stem up, surrounded by a 1/8 inch (.32cm) yellow border, a yellow lightning flash per pale 1-13/16 inches (4.60cm) in height.
Symbolism: The taro leaf is indicative of the descent of the 25th Division from the Hawaiian Division, while the lightning flash is representative of the manner in which the Division performs its allotted assignments.
Background: The shoulder sleeve insignia was authorized on 25 Sep 1944.
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: Centered on a black volcano emitting a gold cloud a vertical lightning flash divided red above and gold below all enclosed by a pair of green palm branches with stems crossed in base and leaves terminating at either side of the cloud above.
Symbolism: The lightning flash, adopted from the shoulder sleeve insignia of the 25th Infantry Division and the enclosing palm branches allude to the Division nickname “Tropic Lightning”. The erupting volcano is an allusion to the State of Hawaii.
Background: The distinctive insignia was authorized on 21 Apr 1965. It was amended on 18 May 1972 to correct the nickname of the 25th Infantry Division in the symbolism.