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National Park Service Uniforms
Badges and Insignia 1894-1991
Number 1


The 1940 uniform regulations called for two more badges to be added to the cadre. These were to be used by the park guards and junior park wardens. Both badges were to be the same design as those of the rangers with the substitution of "Guard" and "Warden" for "Ranger."

With the establishment of guide positions at Carlsbad Caverns and Mammoth Cave National Parks in the middle of 1941, the need for a guide badge arose. Acting Director Hillory A. Tolson wrote to the Uniform Committee chairman, Superintendent John C. Preston of Lassen Volcanic National Park: "The Uniform Regulations do not now provide for a badge for guides, although they do cover badges of similar design for "park ranger", "park warden" and "park guard". It is believed that we should have a badge with the words "Park Guide" included in the Uniform Regulations." [18]


Dapped, nickel-plated German silver

No remaining examples located


Dapped, nickel-plated German silver

The Uniform Committee took this suggestion under advisement and recommended "that a badge of similar design with the words "Park Guide" be included in the Uniform Regulations." [19] It is not known whether these badges were ever made and issued, or whether the events of World War II overtook them. There are no known examples of these badges or the guard and warden badges in the nickel-plated, flat configuration. All the special badges in the NPS collection are of the silver-plated, convex (or "dapped" in departmental terminology) configuration issued in 1946. The 1940 regulations are dated November 22, 1940, so it seems logical that at least the guard and warden badges would have been made and issued.

By 1941, the National Park Service had grown to the point that it was no longer feasible to have the usual two- or three-man Uniform Committee. Consequently, the Uniform Committee was expanded to include two representatives from each of the four NPS regions. Lemuel A. Garrison, superintendent of Hopewell Village National Historic Site, and Benjamin L. Hadley, assistant superintendent of Acadia National Park, were selected from Region One. In reply to the customary uniform change suggestion request, several suggestions related to badges, a couple of them somewhat prophetic. One thought that all of the uniformed personnel should wear the same badge. Another suggested that the badges be reduced to two, one for rangers, the other to have "National Park Service" across the top for all others required to wear a badge. The war precluded any changes at that time.

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