6th Cavalry Regiment, US Army

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History: Constituted 5 May 1861 as 3rd Cavalry. Oregnized 18 June 1861 at Pittsburgh, Pa. Redesignated 3 August 1861 as 6th Cavalry. Mechanized 21 July 1942.

Arms of 6th Cavalry Regiment, US Army

(Coat of Arms)
Arms of 6th Cavalry Regiment, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)

Official blazon

Shield : Azure, a unicorn rampant or.
Crest : On a wreath of the colors an imperial Chinese dragon rampant or lined azure, grasping in its dexter
claw four arrows sable, armed and feathered gules.
Motto : Ducit Amor Patriae (Led by Love of Country)


The Unicorn symbolizes knightly virtues and fighting aggresiveness. The Blue Colour indicated the Colour of the Federal Uniforms during The Civil War. The Chinese Dragon symbolises the Regiment's entrance into the Forbidden City in Peking in 1900. Participation in the Indian Wars is symbolized by the Bundle of Arrows.

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Literature: Armor-Cavalry Historical Services Division Office of the Chief of Military History, Department of the Army.