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The United States Military Academy and the Naval Academy unveiled their jerseys Tuesday for this year’s annual Army-Navy football game, both of which honor the rich history of each institution.
Army’s jersey will honor the soldiers of the 25th Infantry Division who fought during the Korean War. The jerseys will feature the “Electric Strawberry,” the moniker soldiers adopted to their shoulder insignia, which was a yellow electric bolt superimposed on a red taro leaf. The “Electric Strawberry” image will be showcased on the sides of helmets, on the palms of gloves and on the flaps of cleats.
Army’s jersey’s colors are meant to mirror those of the uniforms worn by the soldiers of the 25th Infantry Division, which became known as “Tropic Lightning” for the speed with which they carried out their missions. The American flag on the shoulder of the jersey even shows a Korean War-era flag, with 48 stars.
Navy’s jersey pays homage to a year-long celebration the Naval Academy has had for the 175th anniversary of the institution, which opened Oct. 10, 1845. The year-long celebration culminates with the Army-Navy football game, the 121st playing of the rivalry. The blue and white marble pattern on the helmet and shoulders is meant to recall the marble accents seen throughout the Naval Academy grounds, like the crypt of John Paul Jones and throughout Bancroft Hall, the largest dormitory in the country.
Navy’s jersey, which is mostly white aside from the blue marble feature, also displays the Naval Academy Seal in gold on the shoulder and gloves of the uniforms.
The game is scheduled for Dec. 12 at Michie Stadium in West Point, New York.