23rd Infantry Regiment, US Army

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23RD INFANTRY REGIMENT, US ARMY

Coat of arms (crest) of the 23rd Infantry Regiment, US Army

Official blazon

Shield: Party per chevron wavy Azure and Argent in dexter chief a cross pattée of the second in sinister chief a sea lion with sword in dexter paw of the like langued Gules in base a
northern hemisphere with a transport in each ocean both sailing from east to west, all Proper.
Crest: On a wreath of the colors Argent and Azure a fleur-de-lis in front of two crossed arrows of the first surmounted palewise by a sword-breaker with seven barbs Sable charged at the hilt
with a taeguk Proper all in front of and within an open laurel wreath Vert.
Motto: WE SERVE.

Origin/meaning

The shield is blue and white, the present and old Infantry colors. Civil War service is indicated by the white cross of the V Corps,
and Philippine Insurrection service by the sea lion taken from the seal of Manila. The Mont Blanc operation of October 1918 in World War I is commemorated by
the outline of the lower half of the shield. The 23rd Infantry has the unique distinction of being the first American regiment to circumnavigate the globe and
this accomplishment is indicated in the base of the shield.
Crest: The seven barbs of the sword-breaker (a medieval close combat weapon) and the red and blue taeguk upon its hilt are symbolic of the seven Presidential Unit Citations
awarded to the unit in Europe during World War II and in the Korean War. The fleur-de-lis refers to the four awards of the French Croix de Guerre during World War I,
three with palm, which are symbolized by the encircling laurel wreath. The arrows allude to participation in the Indian Wars.

The coat of arms was originally approved on 1922-05-04. The original crest was cancelled and a new crest approved with symbolism revised on 1980-03-28.
In 2017, responding to the deterioration in clarity of the drawn arms for the 23rd US Infantry Regiment over the years, the change of crest and with the re-emphasis on the ‘regimental family’
as well as the rise in do-it-yourself designing for off-duty and sportswear by units and veterans, the Regiment was gifted with digital re-drawings of the arms.
Six variations are shown below. They are freely available for reproduction by active duty and retired members of the Regiment and regimental/battalion/division associations as
well as accoutrement suppliers. Versions (with or without tomahawks) available include:
The full rendition of the arms with the crest floating above the shield with tomahawks.
The full rendition of the arms with the crest floating above the shield without tomahawks.
The shield alone with motto and tomahawks.
The shield alone with motto.
The shield alone.
The crest alone.

Variants of the 23rd Infantry Regiment Arms


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Literature: Images by Anthony Maxwell on Wikimedia Commons