359th (Infantry) Regiment, US Army

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359TH (INFANTRY) REGIMENT, US ARMY


Arms of 359th (Infantry) Regiment, US Army

(Coat of Arms)
Arms of 359th (Infantry) Regiment, US Army

(Distinctive Unit Insignia)


Official blazon

Shield: Azure, an oak tree between two fleurs-de-lis in bend (all palewise) all Argent.
Crest: That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: From a wreath Argent 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: CARRY ON.

Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: A silver color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Azure, an oak tree between two fleurs-de-lis in bend (all palewise) all Argent. Attached below the shield a silver scroll inscribed "CARRY ON" in blue letters.

Origin/meaning

The shield is blue for Infantry; the oak tree indicates the Argonne Forest; and the two fleurs-de-lis, St Mihiel and Lorraine (World War I).

The Coat of Arms was originally approved for the 359th Regiment Infantry, Organized Reserves on 26 October 1925. It was amended to withdraw the "Organized Reserves" from the designation and to delete the Organized Reserves' crest from the coat of arms on 16 June 1959. It was amended to reinstate the crest of the Army Reserve and revise the symbolism of the design for the 359th Infantry Regiment on 28 July 1970. The coat of arms was redesignated for the 359th Regiment on 13 May 1999. The Distinctive Unit Insignia was originally approved for the 359th Regiment Infantry, Organized Reserves on 5 April 1926. It was amended to withdraw "Organized Reserves" from the description on 16 June 1959. On 28 July 1970 the insignia was amended to revise the symbolism of the design. The distinctive unit insignia was redesignated for the 359th Regiment on 13 May 1999.


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