Squadron Insignias & Patches from 1945 to 1990's
The squadron’s first insignia was approved by CNO on 9 August 1945. During the time when the squadron’s insignia was approved, VT-74 was flying the SB2C which was nicknamed "The Beast". Consequently, the squadron’s insignia took on the shape of a beast riding a torpedo. There is no record of the colors used for this insignia.
After VT-74 was redesignated VA-2B, it continued to use the old insignia until 17 April 1947 when CNO approved a new insignia for the squadron. The insignia adopted by VA-2B reflected the squadron’s new attack mission. The horsehead chess piece was designed to relate the squadron’s power to that of a medieval knight and the fleur-de-lis represented integrity. Colors for the insignia were: a yellow background; red scroll with yellow lettering, black banner with a black and white pole; white knight with a yellow collar; a white lightning bolt; and the Fleur-de-lis was red with a black band.
NOTE: I did find another insignia for VA-25 as "Fist of the Fleet". As it turns out it is an A7 squadron. There was a VA-65 (the first one) that was redesignated as VA-25 about the same time the 'second' VA-65 came into being (from VA-25). It was confusing to distinguish between the 2 for awhile until I realized what was going on!!