6th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, US Army
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6TH AIR DEFENSE ARTILLERY REGIMENT, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Parti per pairle argent, gules and azure, in chief a mullet of five points of the second and in fess debased two fleurs-de-lis.
Crest: On a wreath of the colors, argent and gules, a grizzly bear passant sable langued gules.
Motto: Certo Dirigo Ictu (I Aim With a Sure Blow).
Distinctive Unit Insignia, Description: A black enamel, grizzly bear passant above a stylized red enamel scroll bearing the inscription "CERTO DIRIGO ICTU" in gold letters.
The field of the shield, an adaptation of the flag of the Philippine Insurgents, alludes to the regiment's service in the Philippine Insurrection. The scarlet star refers to artillery, its five points indicative of the number of engagements in which a battery of the old 6th Artillery participated during the Insurrection. The two fleurs-de-lis denote service in France during World War I by an element of the regiment. The crest is taken from that of the Coast Defenses of San Francisco where the old regiment and the majority of its batteries were stationed.
The Coat of Arms was approved for the 6th Coast Artillery Regiment on 3 May 1924. It was redesignatd for the 6th Coast Artillery Battalion on 26 February 1945. On 8 March 1951 the coat of arms was redesignated for the 6th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion. It was cancelled on 15 May 1959. On 1 September 1971 the coat for arms was reinstated for the 6th Air Defense Artillery. The distinctive unit insignia was originally approved for the 6th Coast Artillery on 20 May 1924. It was redesignated for the 6th Coast Artillery Battalion on 26 February 1945. On 8 March 1951 the insignia was redesignated for the 6th Antiaircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion. The insignia was cancelled on 15 May 1959. The distinctive unit insignia was reinstated on 1 September 1971 for the 6th Air Defense Artillery.
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