77th Field Artillery Regiment, US Army
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77TH FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Gules, five fleurs-de-lis, three and two, Or; on a chief dovetailed of the last a prickly pear cactus Proper.
Crest: On a wreath of the colors, Or and Gules, a mount Vert supporting a falcon Proper.
Motto: EN GARDE (On Guard).
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned as follows: Gules, five fleurs-de-lis, three and two, Or; on a chief dovetailed at the last a prickly pear cactus Proper; and attached below the shield a Gold scroll inscribed “EN GARDE” in Red
The shield is red for artillery. The yellow dovetailed chief symbolizes the formation of the organization from cavalry. The cactus indicates service as cavalry on the Mexican border. The five fleurs-de-lis signify the five major engagements in France in World War I as artillery. The crest is taken from the arms of Montfaucon, as most of the 77th Field Artillery was there when the Armistice was signed.
The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 77th Field Artillery Regiment on 10 December 1929. They was redesignated for the 634th Field Artillery Battalion on 28 July 1944. They was redesignated for the 77th Artillery Regiment on 16 December 1958. They was redesignated effective 1 September 1971, for the 77th Field Artillery Regiment. The insignia was amended to clarify the symbolism on 12 August 1985.
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Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The institute of Heraldry, US Army.