37th Field Artillery Regiment, US Army
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37TH FIELD ARTILLERY REGIMENT, US ARMY
(Coat of Arms)
(Distinctive Unit Insignia)
Shield: Per bend Or and Gules two bendlets wavy Azure (Celestial) and of the first between a lion rampant of the second and a dolphin counter-embowed of the first.
Crest: On a wreath Or and Gules a mountain with five peaks Azure (Celestial) bearing a bezant charged with a roundel barry wavy of six of the first and second surmounted by a sword-breaker palewise of the first.
Motto: ON THE MINUTE.
Distinctive Unit Insignia. Description: On a Gold color metal and enamel device 1 1/8 inches (2.86 cm) in height overall consisting of a shield blazoned: Per bend Or and Gules two bendlets wavy Azure (Celestial) and of the first between a lion rampant of the second and a dolphin counter-embowed of the first. Attached below the shield a Gold scroll inscribed “ON THE MINUTE” in Black letters.
Scarlet is used for Artillery. The lion, taken from the arms of Belgium, refers to the unit’s actions in the Ardennes campaign and at Elsenborn for which it was cited by the Belgian Army. The two wavy bands, representing the Rhine and Naktong rivers, stand for the unit’s combat service in the Rhineland and in Korea. The five waves of the blue band refer to its participation in five World War II campaigns. The dolphin stands for Korea, which is bounded on three sides by the sea. It refers particularly to the unit’s participation in breaking through the Pusan perimeter after retreating nearly to the sea. The crest commemorates the action of the unit at Gongchon for which it was cited for extraordinary heroism in stemming the tide of aggression by repulsing a horde of approximately 120,000 Chinese troops. The roundel with yellow and red wavy bands represents the “human sea” of Chinese aggression. The sword-breaker, a medieval weapon, refers to the breaking of military power at Hongchon. The mountain represents Korea’s mountainous terrain. The five peaks allude to the five unit decorations awarded the organization for service in the Korean Conflict.
The first design of the Coat of Arms and Distictive Unit They was originally approved for the 37th Field Artillery Battalion on 1 October 1942 and was redesignated for the 37th Artillery Regiment on 10 February 1958. This design was rescinded and the current design approved for the 37th Artillery Regiment on 17 November 1964. The insignia was redesignated effective 1 September 1971, for the 37th Field Artillery Regiment.
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Literature: Images from Wikimedia Commons. Information from The Institute of Heraldry, US Army.