182nd Cavalry Regiment (formerly 182nd Infantry), Massachusetts Army National Guard

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182ND CAVALRY REGIMENT (FORMERLY 182ND INFANTRY), MASSACHUSETTS ARMY NATIONAL GUARD


Arms of 182nd Cavalry Regiment (formerly 182nd Infantry), Massachusetts Army National Guard

(Coat of Arms)
Arms of 182nd Cavalry Regiment (formerly 182nd Infantry), Massachusetts Army National Guard

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)


Official blazon

Shield: Argent, a nude Indian affronté garlanded about the loins with foliage, holding in his right hand an arrow point down paleways, in his left hand a bow in a similar position, all Proper (the seal of Massachusetts Bay Colony of 1628-80), and in sinister chief an escutcheon Azure bearing the four mullets of the Southern Cross of the first (the shoulder sleeve insignia of the Americal Division); on a canton of the first fringed Gules a cross of the like.
Crest: That for the regiments of the Massachusetts National Guard: On a wreath of the colors Argent and Azure, a dexter arms embowed clothed Blue and ruffed White Proper grasping a broad sword Argent the pommel and hilt Or.
Motto: AVITOS JUVAMUS HONORES (We Uphold Our Ancient Honors).

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) in height consisting of a shield blazoned: Argent, a nude Indian affronté garlanded about the loins with foliage, holding in his right hand an arrow point down paleways, in his left hand a bow in a similar position, all Proper (the seal of Massachusetts Bay Colony of 1628-80), and in sinister chief an escutcheon Azure bearing the four mullets of the Southern Cross of the first (the shoulder sleeve insignia of the Americal Division); on a canton of the first fringed Gules a cross of the like. Attached below and to the sides of the shield a Silver scroll inscribed "AVITOS JUVAMUS HONORES" in Blue letters.

Origin/meaning

The shield is white, the old Infantry color, and also the color of the Massachusetts State flag. The Indian is that shown on the first seal of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, made in England and sent to this country in 1628 and used thereafter until 1680. The canton and the Saint George's cross indicate the British origin.

The Coat of Arms and Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 182d Infantry Regiment on 19 November 1926. They was amended to correct the blazon of the shield on 4 August 1948. They was redesignated effective 1 September 2006, for the 182d Cavalry Regiment.


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Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.