Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2006.5.5
Dimensions: 3.5 in diameter
Dimensions (Metric): 8.89 cm diameter
Credit Line: Gift of Lawrence Provost
Circular patch with yellow border, threaded black trim, and black embroidered text which reads: "20th SPECIAL FORCES GROUP (ABN) | AFGHANISTAN." In the center is the Special Forces Crest insignia in black and trimmed in white with a black, red, and green embroidered background. The insignia features two crossed arrows with a dagger in the center within an encircling scroll which arches at the base and bears the Special Forces motto, "DE OPPRESSO LIBER" which is translated from Latin as "To Free the Oppressed."
A member of the U.S. Army Reserve, Lawrence Provost responded to Ground Zero on 9/11. A year later he joined his unit on a six-month mission to Afghanistan.