127th Infantry Regiment, Wisconsin Army National Guard
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127TH INFANTRY REGIMENT, WISCONSIN ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Azure, on a pale Argent the shoulder sleeve insignia of the 42nd Division (the fourth quadrant of a rainbow of three bands, Red, Yellow and Blue) surmounted by the shoulder sleeve insignia of the 32nd Division (a Red arrow having shot through a line), both Proper; on a chief of the second three fountains.
Crest: On a wreath of the colors Or and Azure, a badger couchant Proper.
Motto: Les Terribles (The Terrible Ones)
The shield is blue for Infantry. The silver of the pale and chief indicates the 127th Infantry is numerically senior to the 128th Infantry in the 64th Infantry Brigade. The 127th Infantry was federally recognized 14 July 1920, and the 128th Infantry 16 April 1921. Tradition is that the name Wisconsin means "wild rushing waters," therefore, the three fountains, heraldic symbols for water, are used to symbolize the three Wisconsin regiments - The First, Second and Third National Guard Regiments - which were combined and from which organizations were drawn to make up the 127th Infantry; they also signify that the unit has been called into Federal service three times - for the Spanish American War, Mexican Border duty and World War I, at the time the coat of arms was approved. The red arrow was the shoulder sleeve insignia of the 32nd Division and the rainbow that of the 42nd Division, during World War I. The motto "LES TERRIBLES" is the nom-de-guerre conferred upon the 127th Infantry during World War I.
The Coat of Arms was approved on 17 June 1927 and the Distinctive Unit Insignia on 16 June 1927.
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