315th (Infantry) Regiment, US Army

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315TH (INFANTRY) REGIMENT, US ARMY

Arms of 315th (Infantry) Regiment, US Army

(Coat of Arms)
Arms of 315th (Infantry) Regiment, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)


Official blazon

Shield: Azure, on a fess wavy Or between a fleur-de-lis and a patriarchal cross botonny Argent, four oak trees Vert (trees not to be connected at base).
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Or and Azure, the Lexington Minute Man Proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kitson, sculptor), stands on the common in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Motto: QUI ME TANGIT PAENITEBIT (He who touches me will repent).

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure, on a fess wavy Or between a fleur-de-lis and a patriarchal cross botonny Argent, four oak trees Vert (trees not to be connected at base). Attached below the shield a Blue scroll inscribed "QUI ME TANGIT PAENITEBIT" in Gold letters.

Origin/meaning

The shield is blue for Infantry. The wavy fess with its green oak trees signifies the Meuse River and the Argonne Forest; the fleur-de-lis represents service in France in World War I; the patriarchal cross botonny identifies the regiment with the 79th Division, the unit's former assignment.

The Coat of Arms was originally approved for the 315th Regiment Infantry, Organized Reserves on 2 July 1925. It was amended to withdraw "Organized Reserves" from the designation and to delete the Organized Reserves' crest from the coat of arms for the 315th Infantry Regiment on 20 May 1959. On 19 June 1970 it was amended to reinstate the crest of the Army Reserve and revise the symbolism of the design. The coat of arms was redesignated for the 315th Regiment on 1 July 1999. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 315th Regiment Infantry, Organized Reserves on 2 July 1925. It was amended to add the motto for the 315th Infantry Regiment on 25 October 1956. On 20 May 1959 it was amended to withdraw "Organized Reserves" from the designation. The insignia was redesignated with description updated for the 315th Regiment on 1 July 1999


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Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army. Categroy: Granted 1925