We are always finding something interesting in the archive. The most recent “find” is this polar bear patch:
This shoulder patch worn by the Alaskan Department was approved on March 24, 1943, for the Alaska Defense Command, and was re-designated for the Alaskan Department on December 31, 1943. The bear is suggestive of the Great Bear Constellation, and the star represents the North Star. In addition, the polar bear was chosen as representative of Alaska, and the bear is snarling in defiance as a warning to those who would invade his domain.