8th Service Command
References also variously call this the 8th Area Support Command, the 8th Area Service Support Command, and either of the above with the Corps designation added, i.e., 8th Corps Area Support Command or 8th Corps Area Service Support Command
Background: The 8th Service Command Headquarters was originally located in San Antonio, Texas, but later moved to Dallas, Texas, and was responsible for the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia - Description: A white star composed of two squares 1 1/2 inches (3.81cm) on the side pierced 3/4 inch (1.91cm) in diameter, all on a dark blue disc background 2 1/4 inches (5.72cm) in diameter. The shoulder sleeve insignia originally approved on 18 Jul 1941 had an olive drab background. It was amended on 14 Oct 1941 to change the background from olive drab to dark blue.
Vehicle Insignia - Description: A white star composed of two squares 7 inches (17.8cm) on the side pierced 4 inch (10 cm) in diameter, all on a dark blue disc background 10 9/16 inches (27 cm) in diameter.
Symbolism: The design is arbitrarily selected to represent the 8th Corps Area Service Command. White, being a mixture of all colors, has been selected for the reason that Corps Area Service Commands may be composed of all arms and services. The eight-pointed star geometric design represents the Command's numeric designation.
The 8th Service Command is included here because this insignia can often be found under the numerous layers of paint on many of the Dodge military half-ton WC series trucks available in the Central United States. In this picture is of the Museum's WC-21, it appears that the 8th Svc Ccommand insignia was painted over in the body color and the "National" star was then stenciled over it.
Only the markings of a major command such as the 8th Svc Command might have any discernable historic value. This insignia on the Kempner Museum WC-21 means there is a definite possibility that this truck carried the survey stake and the sledge hammer to drive it when they marked the proposed location of Camp Hood's Main Gate. The probability of this being true is a factor of the total number of WC-21's in the 8th Svc Command at that time and cannot be determined.
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