118th Infantry Regiment, South Carolina Army National Guard

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118TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, SOUTH CAROLINA ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

Coat of arms (crest) of the 118th Infantry Regiment, South Carolina Army National Guard

Official blazon

Shield: Argent, in front of a castle wall embattled and with two sentry towers Azure masoned of the first a palmetto tree issuant from an oak tree eradicated, with branches lopped off, barwise, both Proper. Crest: On a wreath of the colors (Argent and Azure) upon a mount Vert a palmetto tree Proper charged with a crescent Argent. Motto: WHEREVER MY COUNTRY CALLS.

Origin/meaning

White and blue are the old and the present Infantry colors. The castle wall symbolizes the walls of Mexico where the Palmetto Regiment saw active service during the Mexican War. The palmetto tree alludes to the regiment of that name and the fort at Sullivan's Island, the station of the regiment. The palmetto and dead oak tree are also prominently featured in the State seal. The Crest is that for Regiments and Separate Battalions of the South Carolina Army National Guard. The coat of Arms was approved 7 March 1938.

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