1st Infantry Regiment, US Army
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1ST INFANTRY REGIMENT, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Per bend Gules and Azure, on a bend or a bendlet Argent indented of seven and counter indented of the same fimbriated Sable.
Crest: On a wreath of the colors Or and Gules the Arabic numeral "1" Azure fimbriated Or within a garland of laurel Vert.
Motto: SEMPER PRIMUS (Always First)
The regiment was organized in 1791 as the 2nd Infantry. In 1792 it was designated as the Infantry of the 2nd Sub-legion. In 1796 it was again designated as the 2nd Infantry.In the consolidation and reorganization of the Army in 1815 it was designated the 1st Infantry. The regiment has a history of fighting in all the wars of the country and a logical grouping divides its campaigns or wars into 14 groups. These are heraldically represented by the 14 notches on the diagonal band across the shield. The upper part of the shield is red, this was the color of the old 2nd Sub-legion. The lower part is blue the modern Infantry color. The crest with the numeral within the laurel wreath of Victory and the motto long in use by the regiment are self-explanatory.
The coat of arms was originally approved on 15 March 1922.It was amended on 10 August 1959. On 8 November 1968 the coat of arms was amended to correct the wording in the blazon of the shield and motto. It was amended on 4 November 1999 to correct the blazon.
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